Wendell Manning

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Clarence Wendell Manning​​

Judge of the Louisiana
4th Judicial District Court
(Ouachita and Morehouse parishes)​​
Assumed office 

Born October 5, 1962​​
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ann Ashley Ewing Manning[1]
Children Margaret Louise Manning

Clarence Jefferson Manning, III Rosemary Joy Manning Parents:
Clarence Jefferson, Jr., and Edna Joy Sanches Manning

Residence Monroe, Louisiana
Alma mater Louisiana Tech University (Ruston)

Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge)

Occupation Attorney and judge
Religion Roman Catholic

Clarence Wendell Manning, known as Wendell Manning (born October 5, 1962), has been since 2003 the chief judge of the state 4th Judicial District Court (Division F) in Monroe, Louisiana. The district encompasses Ouachita and Morehouse parishes[2] He was re-elected without opposition in 2014 and is again unoposed for a third term in the general election set for November 3, 2020. He is a Republican.[3]

Manning is a graduate of the Paul M. Hebert School of Law at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In 2007, he received the Crystal Gavel Award and the President's Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association.[4]

Manning serves on the SAFE Task Force of Ouachita Parish, which is active domestic violence cases. He serves on the board of directors of several organizations including: the community services agency ARCO of Ouachita , The Wellspring Alliance for Families, the Children’s Museum of Northeast Louisiana and Life Choices Pregnancy Resources Center. Manning is married to Ashley Ewing Manning; the couple has three children. They attend St. Matthew Catholic Church in Monroe, at which he is a member of the parish council.[5]

In 2020, the Second Circuit Court of Appeal in Shreveport reversed the 40-year sentence imposed by Judge Manning on a Bastrop man, Jerry Lynn Peck, who was convicted of kidnapping, aggravated burglary, and armed robbery. The appeal court rejected Manning's 40-year sentence in the kidnapping portion of the case but affirmed the 30-year and 99-year sentences that Manning imposed on Peck for aggravated burglary and armed robbery. The appeal court reversed Peck’s conviction for second-degree kidnapping because the verdict of the jury was not unanimous.[6]

When Manning was first elected to the bench in 2002, his cousin, Lee Fletcher, narrowly lost the race for the then open 5th congressional district to then Democrat Rodney Alexander. Manning is the son-in-law of Democratic former Louisiana state Senator Randy Ewing of Jackson Parish.


  1. Ashley Manning. Mylife.com. Retrieved on September 27, 2020.
  2. Clarence Manning (Wendell). Mylife.com. Retrieved on September 27, 2020.
  3. Judges re-elected without opposition. The Ouachita Citizen (July 29, 2020). Retrieved on September 27, 2020.
  4. Wendell Manning. Ballotpedia. Retrieved on September 27, 2020.
  5. Wendell Manning. Louisianajudiciary.com. Retrieved on September 27, 2020.
  6. Zach Parker (June 3, 2020). Appeal court tweaks Judge Manning's ruling in kidnapping case. The Ouachita Citizen. Retrieved on September 27, 2020.