crobb305 - 3:13 pm on Aug 26, 2013 (gmt 0)
After 6 months I got the manual penalty lifted.
Keep us posted. I had a manual penalty removed in late February. Here we are six months later and still no ranking or traffic improvements (I get about 15 visitors from Google each day, but used to be 3,000+). I know others who are still waiting despite having a manual penalty removed 6+ months ago. Hopefully it works out better for you.