Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bulletin: Willie Manning: Mississippi; Andrew Cohen (The Atlantic) warns of a "perversion of justice" and provides an update as of 5.50 PM (Monday May 6, 2013). Execution set for today (Tuesday May 7, 2013) at 6.00 PM. (Must Read. HL).

POST: "Feds acknowledge scientific errors in testimony in Willie Manning case: A Mississippi man is scheduled for execution Tuesday. State officials won't test DNA and fingerprint evidence in his case. And now the feds have cast doubt on the evidence that was introduced at his trial," by Andrew Cohen,  published by  the Atlantic on May 6, 2013,

GIST:  "All the legal posturing aside, what the startling Justice Department letters mean is that Mississippi now is defending a capital conviction in which the scientific evidence prosecutors introduced at trial was demonstrably false and the scientific evidence prosecutors refuse to include in the case -- the DNA testing and modern fingerprint analysis -- is almost certainly going to prove true. Unless something changes, Willie Manning now has 24 hours left to contemplate the meaning of that perversion of justice."

UPDATE: 5.50 PM: Monday, May 6, 2013.  "In response to Manning's latest motion, Mississippi has filed a short, concise brief (which you can read here) in which the state asserts "that the supposed 'new' evidence does not represent new evidence nor do these letters form [sic] the DOJ represent, when read in context, a repudiation of the testimony of" the FBI agent who testified at the trial of this case. In Mississippi's view, the discrepancy between the FBI witness' testimony at the 1994 trial and the Justice Department's position today is a "matter of semantics." Manning should not be given a stay of execution, state lawyers argue, and his attorneys should not be given a chance to further argue this new issue. A decision is expected either later tonight or early Tuesday."

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