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23Dec/140

S.C. Judge Says 1944 Execution Of 14-Year-Old Boy Was Wrong – Justice 70 Years Delayed

george stinney jr south carolina

George Stinney, Jr., a 14-year old boy in South Carolina, was convicted and executed in 1944 of killing two young white girls. The 14-year old boy didn't have a chance in the old south.

Stinney's trial lasted two hours.

He was convicted by a jury within 10 minutes.

Eighty-one days passed between his day of arrest in March 1944 and being convicted and executed on June 16, 1944. During that time his father was fired from his job, and the family forced to leave town under threat of lynching. He was left without the presence of active support throughout the process. But his family never gave up seeking justice in his case.

Stinney was exonerated this week on December 17, 2014, approximately 70 years after his unjust conviction and execution.

Constitutionally protected due process was not given... so says the court system some 70 years later. Practically everyone involved knew this was the reality at the time.

You can read more... via NPR coverage or via Washington Post coverage.