African-American teenager’s murder conviction annulled after seventy years

This video from the USA says about itself:

14-year-old George Stinney Executed – True Story

George Junius Stinney Jr. was, at age 14, the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century (1944) The boy was very small for his age (5’1) so small, they had to stack books on the electric chair.

This clip is from the 1991 movie “Carolina Skeletons” which is based on that event. (I have no ownership or copyrights concerning this film)

Because there is literally NO EVIDENCE AGAINST HIM (accused of murdering two white girls) …the question of Stinney’s guilt and the judicial process leading to his execution remain controversial (ie. there’s a strong possibility they executed an INNOCENT person).

This 18 December 2014 video from the USA says about itself:

Judge overturns conviction of 14-year-old executed in 1944 Finally! – George Stinney Exonerated.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

70 years on: Black boy‘s murder conviction quashed

Thursday 18th December 2014

MORE than 70 years after a 14-year-old black boy went to the electric chair for the killings of two white girls, a US judge quashed his conviction on Wednesday.

George Stinney was arrested, convicted of murder at a one-day trial and executed in 1944 over the deaths of 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and seven-year-old Mary Emma Thames.

It all spanned only about three months and there was no appeal.

The speed at which the state had meted out justice against the youngest person executed in the US during the 20th century had been shocking and extremely unfair, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen wrote in her ruling on Wednesday.

Investigators had arrested George, claiming that witnesses had seen him with the girls as they picked flowers.

The girls had both been beaten badly about the head with an iron railroad spike. A search found their bodies several hours later.

George was kept away from his parents and authorities later claimed that he confessed.

But his supporters said that he was a small, frail boy so scared that he had said whatever he thought would make the authorities happy.

There was never any physical evidence linking him to the deaths.

During a two-day hearing in January, Judge Mullen heard from George’s surviving brother and sisters, people involved with the trial and experts who questioned the autopsy findings and the confession.

It took Judge Mullen nearly four times as long to issue her ruling as it took in 1944 to go from arrest to execution.

See also here.

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