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A Method of Control

Clive Stafford Smith has played a pivotal role in Willie Manning’s cases, first as Willie’s post-conviction lawyer, and later as publicist for some of the injustices inflicted on him. Last month Stafford Smith joined other death penalty experts in condemning capital … Continue reading

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Abominations Masked by Secrecy

Willie Jerome Manning first came to the world’s attention because of an article by Clive Stafford Smith, who continues to speak out against the death penalty. Stafford Smith recently described the US death penalty as a dying dinosaur – destined for … Continue reading

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Less fortunate than ourselves

It is ten years since Clive Stafford Smith alerted the world to Willie Manning’s appalling plight. Stafford Smith’s article began: “It is a platitude to suggest that as the Christmas season approaches we should consider those less fortunate than ourselves, but … Continue reading

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Prosecutors’ Belief in their own Infallibility

It is hard to know what is most shocking about the case of mentally disabled Henry Lee McCollum*, exonerated and released earlier this month after spending 30 years on death row in North Carolina. It is shocking that his mental disability … Continue reading

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The Burden of Innocence

Today it is exactly two months since the scheduled execution date for Willie Jerome Manning. Then, the very real possibility of Willie losing his life focused our attention and spurred us on to read articles and sign petitions. The FBI … Continue reading

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Till I Turn to Dust

Willie Manning’s second conviction (the 1993 murder of two elderly African American ladies, Emmoline Jimmerson and Alberta Jordan) has been very much overshadowed by his recent narrow escape from execution for his first conviction (the 1992 murder of two white … Continue reading

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Remember Edwin Hart Turner

For Willie Manning time must be passing slowly: every day has come and gone without a new Order from the Mississippi Supreme Court. He knows only too well that the stay of execution that he has been granted is precarious. … Continue reading

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No Matter How Big the Lie

As he has done before, Willie Manning is awaiting the court’s decision about whether to allow DNA testing. He must be aware that his life still hangs in the balance; but he probably knows also that his story has now … Continue reading

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Thank You, Everyone!

Through his attorney, Willie extends his thanks to everyone who has supported him. Death Row is a lonely and challenging place, where messages of support can mean the difference between keeping going and giving up. It has helped Willie enormously … Continue reading

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He Will See Tomorrow!

The Mississippi State Court has today found that “the Motion to Stay Execution should be granted until further Order of this Court”. While his supporters around the world are celebrating, Willie will go back to his regular cell and regular routine. … Continue reading

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