Saturday, May 4, 2013

Willie Manning: Mississippi; As the FBI admits its hair analysis experts got it wrong, a Clarion-Ledger commentator asks "Is Mississippi about to execute an innocent man?" Publisher's view: "All eyes are on Mississippi;"

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 is that no civilized state can rush Willie Manning to death in these circumstances.  All eyes are on Missississipi.

Harold Levy; Publisher. The Charles Smith Blog.

STORY: "Is Mississippi about to 'lynch' an innocent man?" by R.L. Nave, published by the Jackson Free Press on May 3, 2013.

GIST:  "Already the Mississippi State Supreme Court has denied Manning's request to have DNA tests done that were unavailable in the early 90s. Now, Manning's attorneys have produced information that shows the Federal Bureau of Investigation erred in its testimony in Manning's case. In a letter to Oktibbeha County District Attorney Forrest Allgood, who prosecuted the case, U.S. Justice Department officials state "that testimony containing erroneous statements regarding microscopic hair comparison analysis was used" in Manning's case. The letter goes on to say that information the FBI presented in its testimony "exceeded the limits of science, and was, therefore, invalid." The FBI offered to perform the mitochondrial DNA testing, and requested Allgood's office respond by May 6 -- the day before Manning is to be put to death. It's unclear whether Allgood will be receptive. One of the issues Manning raised in his appeal is that Allgood illegally kept African Americans off Manning's jury by dismissing potential jurors who said they read African American magazines for reading liberal publications.........Sister Maati, of Our Community Against Racism, invoked this year's 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers' assassination and said allowing Manning's execution take place, considering the discriminatory fashion in which his lawyers say the DA picked his jurors, would demonstrate that Mississippi has not moved beyond its legacy of injustice. "Mississippi, prove that institutional racism is no longer a part of your southern heritage, or admit that the execution of Willie Manning is yet another Mississippi lynching," Sister Maati said this afternoon."

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