The New Movement to Exonerate George Stinney Jr. Youngest Person ever executed in U.S. History
FLORIDA, September 21, 2013 —Today the Guilty in Innocence Project along with the website Causes announced its first campaign to Exonerate and correct the historical record of seemingly innocent young man, who was the victim of one of the most horrible incidents of racial prejudice and a broken justice system in United States History
Clarendon County, South Carolina, -At fourteen years of age George Stinney Jr., a young boy with no criminal record in his entire life, who’s name now lives in infamy as the youngest person executed in U.S. History. The case of George Stinney Jr. stinks of circumstantial, unproven and unsubstantiated prosecutorial testimony combined with a host of other injustices. The list of questionable characters is heavy, they include; a judge with double standards, a prosecutor who mislead jurors and a Defense Tax lawyer who was not trained for Defense of Capital Cases preparing for an election that dropped the ball and totally misrepresented Stinney. Also don’t exclude the Racist Sheriff who may have been responsible fabricating the case from start to finish. The confession of George Stinney, Jr. was never recorded in police files Detectives offered the boy ice cream once they were done.
On day of the Murders on March 23, 1944-The defendant, a young George Stinney Jr. was walking his cow and happened to pass two white young white girls who were collecting “maypop” flowers. The two girls, 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and seven-year-old Mary Emma Thames, had crossed paths with George and his sister Katherine Stinney the day the two girls would eventually go missing. Binnicker and Thames’ bodies were later found in a ditch the following morning. Their skulls shattered into pieces and their bodies were so brutally beaten with a railroad tie rod that many medical experts felt a 95 pound boy could not impose that amount of damage and not leave physical scars to him. Stinney even participated in the manhunt for the murder of the girls, mistakenly telling the posse members that he saw the two girls “down by the railroad”
The Confession of Stinney was a historic miscarriage of justice and according to witnesses and court records the confession of George Stinney, Jr. was never recorded in police files and Three Sheriff’s offered the boy ice cream once they were done.
To this day, no physical evidence that he committed the crime exists. His trial — if you call it that —He was convicted and sentenced in one day of court which lasted less than two hours. Prosecution Testimony included three sheriff officers who claimed that Stinney had confessed, although that was the only evidence the prosecution presented. No outside witnesses were called. No defense evidence was presented. The boy faced his sentence without family who were forced to move away from the city for fear of lynching from the angry mobs. Stinney Jr. would be left to face trial alone 1,000 people-whites only crammed the South Carolina courthouse. Blacks weren’t allowed inside. Jury selection began at 10:00 am and a guilty verdict just after 5:00 p.m the all-White jury deliberated for all of 10 minutes in between lunch before sentencing him to death by electrocution
On June 16, 19447:30 pm Execution Day, – Stinney walked into the chamber with his bible under his right arm. The shackles did not fit the 14 year olds feet! Stinney’s frail, 5-foot-1, 95-pound when fully seated would not touch the floor. Stinney had to step up and sit on the bible as his booster seat because his small frame would not encompass the entire electric chair seat. 2,400 volts had to be sent three times into the boy’s body, and at one point his arm slipped out of the constraints. The mask was too large and slipped off his small face, exposing Stinney’s wide open tearful eyes. Within four minutes Stinney Jr. was declared dead!
How you can help
We think the President will agree that this year, 2016, the 71st anniversary of Stinneys birth, is a most timely moment to correct this historic miscarriage of justice. Also correct the historical record to show the innocence of youngest person executed In US History.
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