Monday, May 6, 2013

Willie Manning: ACLU Blog's heading says it all: "Tomorrow, Willie Manning is scheduled to die. Shouldn't Mississippi find out if he's innocent first?" American Civil Liberties Union "Blog of Rights."

PUBLISHER'S VIEW:  (EDITORIAL).  The FBI admission that its laboratory hair analysis reports and related testimony are flawed  cannot be ignored by the Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant as every second brings Willie Manning closer to execution. The FBI's agreement to do  further testing may provide certainty in a case which, as the Justice for Willie web-site points out has been tainted in many other ways.  The message to Governor Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood  is that no civilized state can rush Willie Manning to death in these circumstances.  (Leaving the thought   that no civilized state can justify retaining the death penalty for another day).   Do they dare take the risk that subsequent testing will take the life of an innocent man - when there is a chance that  science may remove all doubts?  Or, in their eyes, is science only to be used to convict people and place them on death row - as opposed to exonerating them? All eyes are on Missississipi.

STORY: "Tomorrow, Willie Manning is scheduled to die. Shouldn't Mississippi find out if he's innocent first?," by reporter Cassandra Stubbs, published by the ACLU Blog of Rights on May 6, 2013.

GIST: "Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant alone has the power to save Willie Manning, who is scheduled to die tomorrow, May 7, 2013. Mississippi is steamrolling toward execution even though there is compelling evidence that Willie Manning may be an innocent man. Manning's case has many of the hallmarks of those of other innocent death row exonerees: false snitch testimony, junk science, and racial bias. The prosecutors in Manning's case, like in all too many cases, stacked the deck by systematically removing African-American jurors from Manning's trial. Manning, an African-American man, was convicted of the murders of two white college students. Much of the key evidence that led to Manning's murder convictions and sentence of death has turned out to be a sham. One witness has admitted that he lied in his testimony, and another confessed that she never revealed what she was promised for her words against Manning. The FBI has conceded that it wrongly testified about a "match" between a hair found in the victim's car and Manning when science supported no such thing. The FBI has gone further and offered to perform new DNA testing. Since 1994, Manning has been requesting DNA testing that would prove one way or the other the truth about the murders.........Executions are not the place to act first and ask questions later. These grave questions of innocence should be answered before it is too late."
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