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URGENT Action Alert - Execution Impending

Society & Culture  (tags: execution, death penalty, Mississippi, Govn. Bryant, Dever, Colorado, Govn. Hickenlooper, clemency )

- 1997 days ago -
Last week the Mississippi Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision issued a ruling denying Willie Manning the ability to do DNA testing that could prove his innocence. Manning's execution is scheduled for May 7th.


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Angelika R (143)
Friday May 3, 2013, 4:52 pm

There is a poll and a petition that we need your help with immediately. Here are the details:

1. Sign this petition calling on Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant to grant DNA testing for Willie Manning before his MAY 7th execution date!

Last week the Mississippi Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision issued a ruling denying Willie Manning the ability to do DNA testing that could prove his innocence. Manning's execution is scheduled for May 7th. Given that he has few options left, his lawyers have asked the governor to issue a stay and order the testing. Manning was convicted based on circumstantial evidence, and there is a rape kit, fingernail scraping and hair samples that could be tested that might prove innocence. Any help you could give us in spreading the word about his case would be appreciated.

2. Please vote in this Denver Post poll which asks if Colorado Governor Hickenlooper should grant clemency to Nathan Dunlap? The state has not executed anyone in over 15 years, and there are too many problems with Colorado's death penalty for executions to resume!

Thank you for taking action, and please ask others you know to do the same!

Angelika R (143)
Friday May 3, 2013, 4:57 pm
For more information, you can read this Atlantic article by Andrew Cohen


JL A (281)
Friday May 3, 2013, 5:04 pm
signed earlier, noted now

Angelika R (143)
Friday May 3, 2013, 5:05 pm
The poll for the other inmate on death row in Denver, execution scheduled for August, urgently needs YES VOTES ! Yes
3916 Votes, or 44.35 %
4913 Votes, or 55.64 %

Judy C (91)
Friday May 3, 2013, 5:14 pm
"Yes" votes are definitely ahead Voted and message signed and sent. Thanks Angelika.

Angelika R (143)
Friday May 3, 2013, 5:23 pm
Judy-NO, they are behind!

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Friday May 3, 2013, 5:46 pm
Received this in my in box & have just signed! Thank Angie.

Kit B (276)
Friday May 3, 2013, 5:50 pm

Thank You for Taking Action for Willie Manning. The DNA is urgently needed, if we have the power of science to prove someone is not guilty than that should be a legal necessity.

I vote in the Denver Post- and the Yes is still behind.

3962 Votes, or 44.60 %
4920 Votes, or 55.39 %

Barb G (1694)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:04 pm
3970 Votes, or 44.64 %
4923 Votes, or 55.35 %


Angelika R (143)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:11 pm
Non-US can still take the vote even if they're unable to sign the letter. I made an exception and looked up some streets to get the +4 for my zip, a life is at stake after all.

Barb G (1694)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:12 pm
Petition signed! TYSMAngie!!

Angelika R (143)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:14 pm
At least the YES votes are increasing much more rapidly than the NO votes are :)

Animae C (507)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:15 pm
3 signatures
Thank You for Taking Action for Willie Manning

Total Votes = 8898
3974 Votes, or 44.66 %
4924 Votes, or 55.33 %

Freya H (358)
Friday May 3, 2013, 7:38 pm
Noted, signed, voted!

Sheryl G (360)
Friday May 3, 2013, 7:51 pm
Thank You for Taking Action for Willie Manning
DNA testing has exonerated more than 300 innocent people in the United States, including 18 who were sentenced to death. With your generous support, the Innocence Project will continue to work nationwide to free the innocent and reform our criminal justice system. Thank you for your commitment to justice.
Poll taken.

Jelica R (144)
Friday May 3, 2013, 8:57 pm
Poll: Total Votes = 9058
Yes 4113 Votes, or 45.40 %
No 4945 Votes, or 54.59 %

After spending several hundred thousand $ to keep Dunlap in prison, suddenly additional few hundred $ more to make sure they will execute the right perpetrator is downright a squander of public money. Unbelievable!

Daniel Partlow (179)
Friday May 3, 2013, 9:09 pm

Catherine Turley (192)
Friday May 3, 2013, 9:10 pm
those percentages just break my heart. how are we ever going to stop this runaway train. it's so easy to vote to kill somebody. and i'm sure the defense would pay for the testing.

Stuart Thomas (497)
Friday May 3, 2013, 11:33 pm
Noted, signed, and submitted. Thank you, Angelika.and Henrietta

Stuart Thomas (497)
Friday May 3, 2013, 11:36 pm
Oh, I also voted for clemency for Nathan Dunlap.

Stuart Thomas (497)
Friday May 3, 2013, 11:47 pm
How can anyone is good conscience stand in the way of giving a DNA test if it would prove the innocence of a person who would otherwise be put to death????

Supposedly in the US, I person is considered innocent until proven guilty. If there is a possibility of this man being innocent, why should he even be considered to be put to death????? Wouldn't putting to death an innocent person be murder????? Shame on those who would put to death an innocent person.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 12:47 am
Signed and shared on FB. Thanks Angie.

Saturday May 4, 2013, 3:33 am
Petition signed.

4247 Votes, or 46.17 %
4950 Votes, or 53.82 %

Thank you!


divergent r (309)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:04 am
Between Bradley manning, it's getting confusing.
Figures it's Alabama. ...not a leader in anything
Not even racism, Mississippi has them beat.
The south is in another century.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:07 am

Signed earlier . . . but good on you for promoting this, Angie!


Lisa N (208)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:27 am
Thank You for Taking Action for Willie Manning.
Thank you Angelika.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:37 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:44 am
yes 4315 or 46,53%

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:52 am
Thanks to everyone and please remember ALL to also take the poll! Public opinion does count and could possible lead to a cacellation of that execution. Even if not, it matters that /if/ when the press can report Dunlab was executed DESPITE MAJORITY OPPOSITION-

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:56 am
Thx Helen for poll update-great to see that scale pending the other direction, good job you all!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:58 am
Thanks Angelika. I came back to vote for clemency. I am not against the death penalty except in cases where there might be innocence.

Dotti L (85)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 8:17 am
Thanks Angie. Actions taken even though I have mixed feelings about the death penalty.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 8:20 am
Thx so much Gloria. These just may be such cases! furthermore it is OUTRAGES if not unlawful, to denie the man a DNA testing despite several requests for it in the past. What's wrong with this "Supreme" court? Same BS as SCOTUS apparently.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 8:24 am
Dotti, thanks, and that is alright, you are of course free to express your views, I and all others I take it, will respect that. I personally learned and will stick with "in dubio pro reo" !

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 8:56 am
I cannot comprehend how a judge has the power of death over innocent human beings! If there is EVIDENCE that shows the TRUTH, and this judge is denying evidence, he must be removed from this position! DNA is the best evidence we have and whenever there is DNA, it MUST be presented. GET RID OF THAT JUDGE and APPOINT ANOTHER NOW. He is not doing his job, as he is killing am an without having the evidence to do such a thing. UNQUALIFIED JUDGE!
I signed by entering a Birmingham address.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 8:59 am
?? why Birmingham, you ARE in the US and could have used your own address ? Yvette ? and I sure agree with you here!

Ben O (140)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 9:01 am

Birgit W (160)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 1:20 pm
US only, thanks.

ewoud k (68)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 1:42 pm
Signed (hospitality of the french ambassador).

Amazing that the "yes" is (still) far behind.

Even without discussing the DNA-testing, death penalty isn't any good, it just doesn't prevent crime. It's just state-cautioned murder.

Thanks Angelika.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 2:02 pm
Petition signed. Polls taken. (Voted "yes" of course). Currently: Yes=46.66, No=53.33
Many thanks for posting, Angelika!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 2:13 pm
Thank you for the opportunity to fight the death penalty in a meaningful way! (s, n, p, t)

Jaime A (52)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 2:22 pm
Noted, U.S.A. only.!!

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 2:39 pm
The "YES" IS catching up though. I signed for Manning and voted YES for Dunlap because I am GENERALLY opposing death penalty plus in Mannings case because of the doubt.
But it is easily explained why the YES is behind if you read the background story. Dunlop IS after all a convicted murder of 4 people, never showed remorse either. But Hickenlooper is caught between his earlier statement (reduce death penalty in his state) and the decision to make now. I am also not sure about the legality of a possible execution when they are missing one of the lethal drugs needed. If any of the pharmaceutical companies they have asked to manufacture it just for this purpose (although the US has STOPPED making it) would actually compound and deliver it for this execution, I don't know if that is within the law... No telling of the outcome..
No doubt it's a political question for Hickenlooper.

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 2:54 pm
I can't beleive that in this day and age, the law in mississippi would kill a man without giving him EVERY opportunity to prove his innocence. Barbaric State!

Ellen m (215)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 3:13 pm
I previously signed and shared the petition from The Innocence Project, but I just voted and shared the poll, which is now 53+% in favor of no.
I pray we can stop perpetuating this evil!

Ellen m (215)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 4:27 pm
my bad - forgot to thank Terry for caring by sharing!

Konstantin Trubin (548)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 5:03 pm
Signed and noted.

John B (185)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 6:14 pm
Thanks Angelika for posting the link to the petition and the opinion poll.
Petition signed - "Thank You for Taking Action for Willie Manning."
Voted "Yes" - Yes = 4372 Votes, or 46.72 %, No = 4985 Votes, or 53.27 %.
Actions taken and post noted.

Kit B (276)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:18 pm

Maybe the YES votes will still win the day. I guess that I feel that being a Texan, I sure can't say much about state sanctioned murder in another state. No other state comes close to this one in executions, something that gives me no comfort nor pride.

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 10:50 pm
I am not from the USA so I know nothing of this case

Genoveva M M (328)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 2:22 am
Signed, thanks

Inge B (199)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 9:57 am
Zip code 59898 cannot be found. Please enter a valid 5-digit or 9-digit ZIP code, or valid address


Kathryn Niell (112)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 12:35 pm
This is a good example of why the death penalty should be eliminated. No innocent person should be unjustly executed. Furthermore, the cost of these long, drawn out legal battles is staggering. Many countries around the world have eliminated the death penalty. It's time the U.S. did the same.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 2:31 pm
Noted & Voted. Also Signed & Shared. Thanks.

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 6:00 pm
Signed, noted and voted, thanks Angie.

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 6:20 pm
Previously signed.

To not allow DNA testing at this point is criminal!

Does the state's position not to allow DNA testing mean that they know Manning is not guilty and they know who is?
Does it mean that there is a white man that is guilty, and not a black man?
Are there two separate and unequal sets of laws in Mississippi?
A DNA test provides more certainty than any other, especially given that there has been changing witness statements. Why are they so afraid of delaying an execution to do a DNA test that should have been done earlier?
It seems lynching is back!

What utter barbarians!

Personally, I am against the death penalty period. There is too great a chance of error. This is nothing more than state sanctioned murder.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 6:28 pm
Lynn, very valid questions that I assume each of us who signed have also asked ourselves and answered them as well! Agree with you 100%. Is why we've been fighting to abolish it!

Ellen m (215)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:15 pm
There has been a new update as of about an hour ago..unfortunately it still doesn't look promising :-(

Ellen m (215)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:17 pm
Sorry it didn't turn clickable- c2 wasn't responding so I had to cut and paste the comment a few times before it went through.

Angelika R (143)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:33 pm
thank you Ellen - my blood is boiling right now... we can only hope and pray that we get to send a thank you instead of a shame on you letter to Govn. Bryant...
Here's Ellen's bad news link again: *** UPDATES on the Manning case- ***

Angelika R (143)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:47 pm
Ellen was this update already included when you posted?

UPDATE (5:50 pm ET): 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.

Angelika R (143)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:55 pm
DOJ -given their wording of the letter- apparently didn't give a damn either, they COULD have expressed it differently, had they wanted so and not leaving room for this assessment! When decision about life or death becomes "a matter of semantics" there's no more hope for justice in that country.

Brandt R. (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 9:57 pm
Test his DNA!
You can't kill a man in this country
w/ out proper evidence or else
a curse will be put upon you
for going against the laws of mankind

Joe R (190)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 2:41 am
Time to abolish the death penalty and grant clemency to all on death row!

Thanks Angelika.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 7:34 am
Dear Gov. Bryant,

I urge you to grant clemency to Mr Manning and allow a DNA test.
Please help improve the image of Mississippi and rid it from the bitter taste of dark ages!
All the Magnolia cannot paint pink what is dark gray.

Thank you for your consideration.


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Angelika R (143)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 7:42 am

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 7:53 am
*** UPDATE, (Tuesday morning 8:45 am ET): ***
Late last night, the Justice Department sent the lawyers in the case another letter, this one casting doubt upon the ballistics evidence introduced at trial by the FBI. HERE is the text of that letter-- another blow to Mississippi's argument that there is enough credible evidence in the case to preclude the need to test the DNA.


Angelika R (143)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 2:42 pm
++++ UPDATE ***** Miss. Supreme Court Blocks Tuesday Execution


roxy H (350)
Friday May 10, 2013, 11:26 pm
incredible! nice victory you all! :D well done!

roxy H (350)
Friday May 10, 2013, 11:28 pm
wow I loved reading this thread, stunning ... what a spirit lifter thank you.. :)

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 3:49 am
POLL on clemency for Dunlap now MAJORITY vote YES ! :-)
5307 Votes, or 50.03 %
5300 Votes, or 49.96 %


Jelica R (144)
Monday May 13, 2013, 5:19 pm
Poll is listed at the very bottom and will probably be out soon. Results:

Total Votes = 10763
Yes 5409 Votes, or 50.25 %
No 5354 Votes, or 49.74 %

Angelika R (143)
Monday May 13, 2013, 5:38 pm
Yes, Jelica, thx. And with this Manning case on stay chances are rising Hickenlooper will grant clemency..
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