Sunday, May 5, 2013

Willie Manning: The Associated Press reports that the Innocence Project of Mississippi and a brother of Willie Manning have filed a laswsuit to preserve evidence in the case for future testing - whether he is executed or not;

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.  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 convict people and place them on death row - as opposed to exonerating them? All eyes are on Missississipi.

Harold Levy: Publisher of the Charles Smith Blog.

STORY: "Suit filed to preserve evidence in Mississippi death row case of Willie Jerome Manning," published by the Associated Press on May 5, 2013.

GIST: "An advocacy group and the brother of an inmate scheduled for execution Tuesday have filed a lawsuit to preserve evidence in the case for additional testing. The lawsuit was filed after the FBI said there were flaws in the "microscopic hair comparison analysis testimony or laboratory report" and offered DNA testing in the case of Willie Jerome Manning.........The Innocence Project of Mississippi and Manning's brother filed a lawsuit Friday in Oktibbeha County Chancery Court to prevent the destruction of evidence in the case, whether he's executed or not."

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See New York Times story: May 3, 2013:  "There have been many instances when seemingly strong cases — even some where defendants themselves confessed — fell apart after DNA testing, said lawyers for the Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted prisoners that filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Mr. Manning’s case. More than a dozen exonerations have involved evidence from a rape kit that had initially tested negative, said Peter J. Neufeld, a founder of the Innocence Project. Nationally, 306 prisoners have been exonerated by DNA testing since 1989, six of them in Mississippi. Two of those, including a former death row inmate, Kennedy Brewer, were prosecuted by Forrest Allgood, the district attorney who also led the case against Mr. Manning. Mr. Allgood said his involvement in Mr. Manning’s case was so long ago that he could not comment on particulars. But like other Mississippi officials, he said the push for a DNA test was probably a stalling tactic. “There will be something else after that,” he said. “I think there has to be an end sometime.”"


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