Tag Archives: Death Row

Legal Challenges to Mississippi Executions

Lawsuits about the sedative used in Mississippi’s execution protocol are, thankfully, preventing the state from resuming executions.  Jim Craig, of the MacArthur Justice Center, represents three death row inmates who are challenging the use of midazolam as a sedative. They … Continue reading

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Death Penalty Losing its Grip

Last week brought wonderful news for death penalty opponents – according to a Pew Research survey, fewer than half of Americans now favor using the death penalty!  Overall support for capital punishment has plummeted in the last 18 months, from 56% … Continue reading

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Multiple, Repeated Hygiene Breaches

The kitchen that provides food for Willie Manning and other Unit 29 inmates in Parchman prison, Mississippi, was closed down from July 24 because of its multiple, repeated hygiene breaches. Among the violations reported were: -Cornbread baked on dirty racks. -Bread … Continue reading

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We will abolish the death penalty

At long last one of the two biggest US political parties has committed to abolish the death penalty! The Democratic Party proposes: “We will abolish the death penalty, which has proven to be a cruel and unusual form of punishment. … Continue reading

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Midazolam: an Unsuitable Drug

While DNA testing and fingerprint comparison continue in Willie Manning’s case, other claims relevant to him are before the Mississippi Supreme Court. Two other death row inmates, Richard Jordan and Gerald Loden, continue to challenge attempts by the Mississippi Department … Continue reading

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Premeditated Attempted Murder

Willie Manning’s prosecutor, Forrest Allgood, was implicated by a recanting witness (Kevin Lucious) in Willie’s 1993 case: “Luscious said District Attorney Forrest Allgood… told Luscious that he would not charge him with capital murder if he cooperated.” And in Willie’s … Continue reading

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“Willie wouldn’t bust a grape.”

Today Willie Jerome Manning is 48. This is his 23rd birthday on death row. When Willie was a child there was little money to celebrate birthdays. A childhood friend of his family, David Skato, recalls the ‘poverty stricken’ community where they … Continue reading

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Willie’s Birthday: Another Year Endured

June 12, 2016, will mark Willie Jerome Manning’s 48th birthday. He has been held in a tiny cell on Mississippi’s death row since he was a young man of 26. It is difficult to imagine anyone more worthy of receiving … Continue reading

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A Critical Turning Point

Last week the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, announced it was prohibiting the use of its chemicals as execution drugs: thus was the US death penalty brought to a new juncture. As the human rights organisation, Reprieve, commented:   “This is a critical … Continue reading

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You either have it or you don’t.

Three years ago, on May 7 2013, Willie Manning narrowly avoided execution. Tucker Carrington, founding director of the Mississippi Innocence Project and law professor at the University of Mississippi, has expressed what many people feel about Mississippi’s attitude towards Willie: … Continue reading

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