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Work Remains to be Done

The Wikipedia page for Willie Jerome Manning was vandalized earlier this year: it was edited “in a malicious manner that [was] intentionally disruptive.” The page was reverted to an earlier version which omitted Willie’s exoneration for the Jimmerson-Jordan murders; and it downplayed … Continue reading

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Ripples of Sorrow

Willie Manning’s trial for the murder of two students was held in November, 1994. A few months earlier, another Mississippi capital murder trial took place which was to change the life of one of the jurors forever.* In July, 1994, … Continue reading

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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Richard Burdine, who died last month, represented Willie Manning at the penalty phase of his trial. Burdine was an African American lawyer who deserves credit for frequently accepting indigent defendants as clients. He was publicly commended by the Mississippi legislature in … Continue reading

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A Welcome Respite

Periods of active state execution are always traumatic for death row inmates: it is torturous watching people that you know being taken away to be killed. It is very good news for Willie Manning and his fellow inmates, then, that … Continue reading

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Flawed Snitch Testimony

“Jailhouse snitch” testimony is notoriously unreliable because the incarcerated witnesses are strongly motivated to say what the prosecution wants, usually because they get substantial reductions in their own sentences in return.”                   … Continue reading

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Never give up hope.

Anthony Ray Hinton’s wrongful conviction and death sentence for murder in Alabama is as shocking as it is revealing. Soon after Hinton’s arrest a police officer told him: “You know, I don’t care whether you did or didn’t do it. … Continue reading

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Happy 50th birthday!

Today, June 12, 2018, we wish Willie Jerome Manning a happy 50th birthday. Happy birthday, Willie!

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DNA Profiles: the Latest

An update on the progress of DNA testing in Willie Manning’s case has been issued. The statement refers to hair samples, which we understand to be fragments vacuumed from the floor of Tiffany Miller’s car,* and to other items that are … Continue reading

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Five Years On

May 7, 2013 was Willie Manning’s scheduled execution date. Five years on, we recall that time through quotations. And we sincerely hope that Willie will never again experience that appalling trauma. “Mississippi, prove that institutional racism is no longer a … Continue reading

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Two Unqualifed Attorneys

In Willie Manning’s 1992 case, the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court had great difficulty performing its duty to appoint a post-conviction attorney who was qualified for capital cases. The court ignored Willie’s own choice of attorney, who was suitably qualified. Instead … Continue reading

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