Was 14-Year-Old Executed By South Carolina Innocent?

George-Junius-Stinney-Jr-commonsThe saddest part is that I’m not 100 percent certain that something like this could never happen again today. Raw Story writes:

Over 67 years after 14-year-old George Junius Stinney Jr. was put to death by the state of South Carolina, he may soon be cleared of the crime that people familiar with the case say he never could have committed.

A lawyer and an activist both told Raw Story recently that new evidence will show that the black boy could not have possibly murdered two white girls, 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and seven-year-old Mary Emma Thames.

Stinney, the youngest person to receive the death penalty in the last 100 years, was executed on June 16, 1944. At five feet one inch and only 95 pounds, the straps of the electric chair did not fit the boy. His feet could not touch the floor. As he was hit with the first 2,400-volt surge of electricity, the mask covering his face slipped off, “revealing his wide-open, tearful eyes and saliva coming from his mouth.”

Less than three months earlier, Stinney, who had no previous history of violence, had been accused of the crime after he admitted speaking to the girls when they stopped by a field in Alcolu where he was grazing his cow to ask where they could find maypops, a type of flower. Authorities alleged Stinney had used a railroad spike to shatter both of the girls’ heads. The boy was taken into a room with several white officers and within an hour, they said he had confessed. Because there were no Miranda rights in 1944, Stinney was questioned without a lawyer and his parents were not allowed into the room.

No written confession exists, only a few handwritten notes a deputy who was present during the interrogation. They claimed that Stinney had said he killed Mary Emma because he wanted to have sex with Betty June. When Betty June resisted his advances, authorities said, he murdered her too. Reports said that the officers had offered the boy ice cream for confessing to the crimes.

A mob of about 40 angry white men showed up at the jail, demanding to lynch Stinney, but he had already been moved about 50 miles away to Columbia. Even though Stinney’s father had helped search for the girls when they went missing, he was fired and forced to leave the home provided by Alderman’s Lumber Mill where he worked.

The trial was over two hours after it began. A jury of twelve white men deliberated for 10 minutes before convicting Stinney. Plowden later told the judge that there was nothing to appeal, and the Stinney family could not afford to continue the case. A one-sentence notice of appeal would have automatically stayed the case for a year.

Attorney Steve McKenzie told Raw Story that he has no doubt this case was an injustice. McKenzie said that the lack of preserved evidence made clearing Stinney’s name difficult, but he hoped that the affidavits of three new witnesses, one of which could provide an alibi, would be enough to re-open the case.

Read the rest at Raw Story

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    South Carolina…’44…white jury, law enforcement and victims…black child confesses after confessing alone in a room with the vengeful for an hour….

    …shit…who are we kidding…even if he’d been a quadraplegic he’d have got the death sentence…don’tcha know them darkies are sneaky like that…he’d have lured em close by acting all crippled and then killed em by swinging the spike with his mouth! Good old southern justice…giving oxymorons a solid definition since America’s creation.

  • chubby

    one thing to be outraged at this and hurl oaths…another to actually get out from under the hand of the psychopaths, whoever they may be

  • chubby

    one thing to be outraged at this and hurl oaths…another to actually get out from under the hand of the psychopaths, whoever they may be

  • ILoveTheDeathPenalty

    But the death penalty is really important. Even though its mostly poor minorities who only ever get it, they should try harder at being innocent so they dont look so guilty. For every innocent child, mother or father that is executed by the state there is probably some really evil, violent criminals that get executed too, so that balances everything out in my opinion, wraps it up in a nice neat little package. 
    And if you get good seats at the execution you can see and know what it feels like to be a murderer too. There should be public rapings too. We could watch convicted rapists get gang raped by a group of prison guards, hell, i’d cheer and applaud that! They could sell popcorn and soda at the event. I could even rub one out while watching it cos i know it’s a a popular past-time for audiences at executions.

  • Anonymous

    You’re trying too hard.

  • ILoveTheDeathPenalty

    You’re not trying hard enough.

  • Anonymous

    What are you blind? He’s black, of course he isn’t innocent

  • RoscoeMG

    He was a scared child –  the mask covering his face slipped off, “revealing his wide-open, tearful eyes and saliva coming from his mouth.” – I havn’t been this sad for a long time. Murdered by the State.

  • RoscoeMG

    He was a scared child –  the mask covering his face slipped off, “revealing his wide-open, tearful eyes and saliva coming from his mouth.” – I havn’t been this sad for a long time. Murdered by the State.

  • Howdy645

    im surprised they say he was the youngest, since in ’44 in the american south, id say that just about any balck man could be executed for J walking or tripping into a white lady by accident..

  • Howdy645

    im surprised they say he was the youngest, since in ’44 in the american south, id say that just about any balck man could be executed for J walking or tripping into a white lady by accident..

    • Tiffany Mcgrady

      really!?!?!

  • jus

    if ur not going to contribute with a reasonable response, just leave this website is not for you. we are talking about a very serious topic and you making jokes about it just shows your pure ignorance

  • Anonymous

    You know what shows ignorance? You. When discussing something so egregious that a reasonable person would cringe and cower in utter shame at sharing the same gene pool as the savages that would perpetrate such a thing, a really offensive joke is about the only way to deal with it – because it’s not a fucking question as to the ‘morality’ or ‘ethics’, it’s a wretched display of Da-Da that can only be responded to by the out-right insanity that it demands. See Bill Hicks, George Carlin, and others if you need a visual representation of the above post.

  • Tiffany Mcgrady

    youre an animal

  • Tiffany Mcgrady

    really!?!?!

  • http://twitter.com/CANIAM CANIAM

     Ok so this Little black boy decides to stop milking his cows and go rape and murder two little white girls in 1944 South Carolina,  It took OJ five decades and millions of dollars to get away with killing white people OK he didn’t really get away with it, if he did it. I dont even ride in elevators with white women by my self no not because Im afraid ill be tempted to snatch there purse and make a break for it but i just find it better policy to wait for an elevator full of white people not just one or take the steps even if Im going to the observation deck of the Empire State Building. Its impossible to imagine the sheer terror this child went through in his final days. Four an African American to snatch up two white girls in 1944 he would have had to go completely insane, and last i checked insane people dont cry in their execution chambers they laugh maniacally. So the rednecks claim this 14 year old black boy killed two white girls so he could have sex with one, I know we now live in an era of over sexed teenagers but in the 1944 Bible belt im positive there was next to no way of publicly getting a hand on anything the pertained to sex. The only way this Kid new about it was probably from the things he had seen farm animals do, I can never be convinced that this boy just up and decided to rape some white girls the fear of God and flash backs of lynchings he had undoubtedly witnessed would have been in him. The conversation went more like this When George saw the white girls he told them the Maypogs where waaaaayy over yonder no where around here so there was no need to come over this way ever again. This case was and is a gross injustice but what should we expect with an all white jury and a poor black boy.

  • http://twitter.com/CANIAM CANIAM

     Ok so this Little black boy decides to stop milking his cows and go rape and murder two little white girls in 1944 South Carolina,  It took OJ five decades and millions of dollars to get away with killing white people OK he didn’t really get away with it, if he did it. I dont even ride in elevators with white women by my self no not because Im afraid ill be tempted to snatch there purse and make a break for it but i just find it better policy to wait for an elevator full of white people not just one or take the steps even if Im going to the observation deck of the Empire State Building. Its impossible to imagine the sheer terror this child went through in his final days. Four an African American to snatch up two white girls in 1944 he would have had to go completely insane, and last i checked insane people dont cry in their execution chambers they laugh maniacally. So the rednecks claim this 14 year old black boy killed two white girls so he could have sex with one, I know we now live in an era of over sexed teenagers but in the 1944 Bible belt im positive there was next to no way of publicly getting a hand on anything the pertained to sex. The only way this Kid new about it was probably from the things he had seen farm animals do, I can never be convinced that this boy just up and decided to rape some white girls the fear of God and flash backs of lynchings he had undoubtedly witnessed would have been in him. The conversation went more like this When George saw the white girls he told them the Maypogs where waaaaayy over yonder no where around here so there was no need to come over this way ever again. This case was and is a gross injustice but what should we expect with an all white jury and a poor black boy.

  • Robert Foy

    I bet every single one of those hicks were God fearing idiots who went to Church and beat their wives. Tell me again what makes these southern Christians different from the Taliban again?

  • Robert Foy

    I bet every single one of those hicks were God fearing idiots who went to Church and beat their wives. Tell me again what makes these southern Christians different from the Taliban again?

  • Redacted

    You’re trying too hard.

  • jus

    if ur not going to contribute with a reasonable response, just leave this website is not for you. we are talking about a very serious topic and you making jokes about it just shows your pure ignorance

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    You’re not trying hard enough.

  • sonicbphuct

    You know what shows ignorance? You. When discussing something so egregious that a reasonable person would cringe and cower in utter shame at sharing the same gene pool as the savages that would perpetrate such a thing, a really offensive joke is about the only way to deal with it – because it’s not a fucking question as to the ‘morality’ or ‘ethics’, it’s a wretched display of Da-Da that can only be responded to by the out-right insanity that it demands. See Bill Hicks, George Carlin, and others if you need a visual representation of the above post.

  • Tiffany Mcgrady

    youre an animal

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