Today ends, long fight to resolve the Stinney Jr. case in South Carolina, I appreciate all the advocates on the case who stayed the course though it all! We would hope that the struggle for “Justice,” does not end here. We need everyone in our battle. God Bless You all, and God Bless George Stinney Jr,
Rev. Gregg L Greer (Stinney Advocate)
(REPOST FROM THE GRIO)
In June 16, 1944, 14-year-old George Stinney, Jr. became the youngest person executed in the United States in the past century.
Wednesday, a South Carolina judge vacated Stinney’s conviction, which essentially clears his name. Stinney was convicted of murdering two white girls in Alcolu, South Carolina.
His trial lasted a few hours and no witnesses were called on his behalf. When he was sentenced to die by electrocution, no appeal was filed.
No physical evidence or trial transcript exists.
Below is the order from Circuit Judge Carmen T. Mullen:
This Court finds fundamental, Constitutional violations of due process exist in the 1944 prosecution of George Stinney, Jr. and hereby vacates the judgment.
According to WBTV’s Jeremy Turnage’s report, Judge Mullen wrote:
Given the particularized circumstances of Stinney’s case, I find by a preponderance of the evidence standard, that a violation of the Defendant’s procedural due process rights tainted his prosecution.
Defense lawyer Matthew Burgess told theGrio.com that Wednesday “is a great day in South Carolina,” because of the ruling.
“We’re very pleased that George Stinney has been exonerated and that the conviction against him has been vacated.”
Burgess said he’s talked with Stinney’s sister Amie and the family is “very happy.”