Friday, May 3, 2013

Willie Manning: The Clarion-Ledger has the powerful, moving story of Kennedy Brewer, a former Mississippi death row inmate, exonerated in 2008, asking Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant to test DNA in the Manning case.

STORY: "Former Miss. death row inmate, exonerated in 2008, asks governor to test DNA in Manning case," published by the Clarion-Ledger on May  3, 2013.

GIST: A former Mississippi death row inmate exonerated in 2008 has asked the governor to delay the execution of Willie Jerome Manning until DNA evidence is tested. “I am living proof that the courts sometimes just get the wrong man,” said Kennedy Brewer, who was wrongly convicted for the 1992 murder of his girlfriend’s 3 year old. The state will execute Manning at 6 p.m. Tuesday unless Gov. Phil Bryant grants him clemency. The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stop the execution of Manning, who asked for a delay in the execution to allow time for the court to reconsider testing DNA. Aided by the Innocence Project, Brewer became the first person in Mississippi to be exonerated through post-conviction DNA testing. Manning’s request argued the testing would show he didn’t kill two Mississippi State University students in December 1992, for which he received two death sentences.........In a 5-4 decision, though, the Supreme Court ruled April 24 that Manning failed to demonstrate reasonable probability that he would not have been convicted or would have received a lesser sentence if DNA results were favorable to him. The majority opinion said Manning’s conviction and sentence were based on substantially more evidence than the evidence he challenged, and “the absence of Manning’s DNA does not preclude his participation in the crimes charges.”"

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