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Killing of John Crawford III is one of the historic miscarriages of justice that exist in America todate!

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August 5, 2015 will be the one year anniversary of -The Shooting of John Crawford III. which is one of the historic miscarriages of justice that exist in America to date and according to witnesses, and there is no conceivable reason that the officers should have not been indicted.
 
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 On August 5 2014, police shot and killed John Crawford III (July 29, 1992 – August 5, 2014) at a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio, near Dayton, Ohio, after receiving a 911 call that falsely indicated he was waving a real firearm at people. It turned out Crawford was carrying a toy gun (from inside the store’s sporting goods section) ,which looked like an assault rifle.  Crawford at 22-years-old was shot to death by Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams.
Offier Sean Williams shot John Crawford due to false 911 call
Officer Sean Williams shot John Crawford due to false 911 call
 
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The shooting was captured by the store’s security video camera. Video showed Crawford talking on his cell-phone while holding the BB/pellet air rifle, when he was killed. According to Crawford’s mother, and others who witnessed to the footage the video shows the officers fired immediately without giving any verbal commands and without giving Crawford any time to drop the toy even if he had heard them. The Lying 911 caller Ritchie was questioned, but in a very uncritical, non-aggressive manner. Ronald Tyler Ritchie’s (pictured, below) false information, given during that emergency call – by most estimations – led to the death of not only John Crawford, but also another shopper who died of a heart attack.  After Officer Sean Williams opened fire in the store. 37-year-old  Angela Williams was a homicide. Angela Williams, no relation to Officer Williams, death is officially listed as homicide due to the  circumstances inside of the Beavercreek Walmart on August 5th.According William Harden, the Greene County Coroner’s Office chief investigator: “If she had been walking around normally and just collapsed, that would be a natural death.”
 
Ritchie acknowledged to the detective that nothing he said on the phone was true.
911 caller Ronald Ritchie acknowledged to the detective that nothing he said on the phone was true.

https://youtu.be/71VpZxAOXzk  (Ritchie Actual Interview Footage)

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One World Media (TM) We should note both officers statements were inconsistent. 

Walmart surveillance footage was later released to the public, but not before a grand jury decided not to indict Williams on criminal charges. The video showed that Crawford – who was still on his phone – was shot from the side while apparently moving to run away from the advancing armed officers.  Footage synced by the FBI with a recording of the 911 call indicated that Williams shot Crawford about one second after he and Darkow rounded a corner into the pet products aisle, where Crawford had been standing for five minutes.

Williams shot Crawford about one second after he and Darkow rounded a corner into the pet products aisle, where Crawford had been standing for five minutes.
Williams shot Crawford about one second after he and Darkow rounded a corner into the pet products aisle, where Crawford had been standing for five minutes.
Police then interrogated Crawford’s girlfriend for more than 90 minutes before telling her Crawford was dead, the Guardian’s Jon Swaine reported: (pictured, below)

Tasha Thomas was reduced to swearing on the lives of her relatives that John Crawford III had not been carrying a firearm when they entered the Walmart in Beavercreek, near Dayton, to buy crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars on the evening of 5 August.

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Tasha Thomas was reduced to swearing on the lives of her relatives that John Crawford III had not been carrying a firearm

“You lie to me and you might be on your way to jail,” detective Rodney Curd told Thomas, as she wept and repeatedly offered to take a lie-detector test. After more than an hour and a half of questioning and statement-taking, Curd finally told Thomas that Crawford, 22, had died.

 

One World Media (TM) Officers Cleared of criminal charges!

On Sept. 25, 2014 Officer Williams was cleared of criminal charges by a Greene County special grand jury of five men and four women. Neither Darkow nor the 911 caller were considered for charges. Answering one paragraph, Beavercreek attorneys wrote, defendants “have no knowledge of whether all police officers are trained to understand that many 911 callers provide inaccurate or otherwise unsubstantiated information, and are notoriously unreliable eye-witnesses.”

The special grand jury heard from 18 witnesses and then voted against potential charges of murder, reckless homicide and negligent homicide against Williams. At least seven “yes” votes were needed for a charge to be approved. Grand jury votes are not made public.

Following the shooting a grand jury decided not to indict any of the officers involved. The Justice Department is conducting its own investigation. Meanwhile, the officer who shot Crawford remains on desk duty.

Crawford’s mother believes that the surveillance tape shows the police lied in their account of events, and has spoken out against the killing at a “Justice for All” march. The family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Walmart and the Beavercreek police department.

One World Media (TM) Other Factors worth noting

  • Even among die-hard police supporters and apologists, few believed that John Crawford was to blame for being shot. Most pointed the finger at 911-caller Ronald Ritchie, but it was clear that in an open carry state, and in a store that sells both guns and BB-guns, there is nothing illegal, nor even particularly out of the ordinary about handling a replica firearm, taken from the very shelves of the store.
  • Ohio State Representative Alicia Reece has proposed a “John Crawford’s Law”, which would change the way toy guns look to prevent similar tragedies.
  • The family is seeking more than $75,000 in damages, citing the children Crawford left behind. Wal-Mart, the city of Beavercreek and Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers are named in the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The lawsuit also names the officer who shot Crawford, Sean Williams, and his partner on the scene, David Darkow.

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  • Tasha Thomas, who in a harsh interrogation was falsely accused of helping Crawford smuggle the gun into the store that  August, was killed in a bizarre high-speed car crash in Dayton on New Year’s Day, local media reported. (pictured left)
  • To date lead activist organizations and at least one big-name civil rights heavyweight has said many nice words to support John Crawford Jr, and his family on the ground fighting against Walmart and the Beavercreek Police Department to “Release the Tape,” but none  hardly ever once mobilized on the ground or the ground effort was lacking with the exception of a group of dedicated loyalist.  In the meantime Walmart alines with many of the big name activist pockets financially!  

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One World Media (TM) August 5, 2015 will be John Crawford’s National Day

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To date the Family and advocacy are awaiting charges. Currently-The Justice Department has will launched an investigation into the shooting death of Crawford inside the Ohio Wal-Mart, just hours after a local grand jury voted not to indict the police officer who shot him.

On August 5, 2015 in Beavercreek, Ohio activist will be present at the Walmart location where John was killed by Officer Williams. On that date there will be multiple participating cities nationwide! Use this Link for more information

https://www.facebook.com/Action4JohnCrawford

One World Media (TM) Other News Articles

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/the-life-and-death-of-john-crawford#.nvvJ8VxYL

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/feds-probe-fatal-police-shooting-black-man-ohio-wal-mart-n210646

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Why We Believe the George Stinney Jr. trial was tainted from the start!

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     George Stinney’s Family Speaks Out!  (Why We Believe the George Stinney Jr. trial was tainted from the start!)

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Today- February 20, 2014, the Family and Advocates of George Stinney Jr. have decided to release an official statement with regards to their loved one. Their desire to release this statement is not an emotional appeal for empathy but rather our desire to make more public little known facts about this case and our feelings with having to endure this incident that will always be in the background of our lives. In addition this effort is to highlight our belief that we must not hide the past, but apologize for the past, and work toward a progressive future. While we are now fighting to correct this wrong, we want to hope for an America in which all American Citizens can welcome freedom and justice. (Family and Friends)

Statement:

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 for the “alleged” murder of young two white girls. 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 factors is heavy, they include; a Governor who was an alleged White Supremacist , a Defense Tax lawyer who was not trained for Defense of Capital Cases-while preparing for an election that dropped the ball and totally misrepresented Stinney. Also don’t exclude the fact that the confession of George Stinney Jr. was never recorded in police files, and Detectives offered the boy ice cream once they were done-also that the statement appears to have been fabricated from start to finish. While these factors may be minimal to some we, believe-they are enough to show and prove that George Stinney Jr. had no chance of a fair trial, and that this case-was tainted from start to finish.

Facts:

  • We believe that the Confession of George Stinney Jr. was a historic miscarriage of justice and according to witnesses and court records the confession of George Stinney Jr. does not exists in any public records. Three Sheriff’s offered the boy ice cream once they were done. While at the recent court hearing testimony from a child psychiatrist who said the confession, no matter what it said, is “not reliable.”Dr. Amanda Salas, a defense witness, said she reviewed what few documents remained from the case and interviewed Stinney family members to make her evaluation. Salas testified that Stinney was likely suggestible to the white prosecutors and law enforcement who were there for his confession. She also said George Stinney grew up in a culture and in a family that encouraged strict compliance to whites, which may have caused George Stinney to “cave” when questioned by the adults.
  • The confession…is best characterized as a coerced, compliant, false confession,” Salas said. the confession, no matter what it said, is “not reliable.”
  • Governor Olin D. Johnston (an alleged White Supremacist), was mainly responsible for the “railroading,” of this case
    It is believed that Governor Olin D. Johnston (an alleged White Supremacist), was mainly responsible for the “railroading,” of this case
    Our research has shown that Governor Olin D. Johnston (an alleged White Supremacist), was mainly responsible for the “railroading,” of this case- Johnson was in an election year and directly assigned the Police investigator Mr. S.J. Pratt from Columbia, South Carolina. Still despite many ongoing questions regarding the validity of the officers’ testimony and Stinney’s alleged confession from local (area) churches, the N.A.A.C.P., and unions who pleaded with Johnston to stop the execution and commute the sentence to life imprisonment, citing George Stinney’s age as a mitigating factor but he did not act, instead Johnston allowed the execution to take place. That spring, police details of Stinney’s alleged confession were swiftly routed to the governor’s office in Columbia. As clemency pleas came in to then-Gov. Olin Johnston, responded with the graphic false, fabricated details were never true claiming they were relayed to him by Mr. SJ Pratt: “George Stinney killed the smaller girl to rape the larger one. Then he killed the larger girl and raped her dead body. Twenty minutes later he returned and attempted to rape her again but her body was too cold.” That account, however, is in direct conflict with a recently found autopsy report that did not find evidence of a sexual attack. This account never happened.
    Johnston’s letter “had no basis in fact. It was a complete lie,”
    Johnston’s letter “had no basis in fact. It was a complete lie,”
  • Johnston’s letter “had no basis in fact. It was a complete lie,” said Manning attorney Ray Chandler, in a recent interview whose law firm is defending George Stinney. A review of the original autopsy report previously buried in state archives and a re-examining of events — potentially puts the case on new footing
  • Charles Plowden The court appointed 31-year-old Charles Plowden, a tax commissioner, to defend Stinney. “Plowden had political aspirations. Plowden who had never tried a capital case. Making matters worse, his court-appointed attorney was planning a run for office, putting him in a dangerous conflict of interest that ensured the inadequacy of George Stinney’s defense “Plowden was provide enough defense so that he could not be accused of incompetence, but not be so passionate that he would anger the local whites who may one day vote for him.”
  • The employment and Family relationships are (attached) they further the fact that George had no chance at a fair trial, because all of the inquest jurors were related or worked at the mill for Mr George Burke Sr. who was the mill foreman.
  • To this day, no physical evidence that George Stinney Jr. committed the crime exists. His trial — if you call it that —George was convicted and sentenced in one day of court which lasted less than two hours. Prosecution. No outside witnesses were called. No defense evidence was presented. The boy faced his sentence without (us) his family who were forced to move away from the city for fear of lynching from the angry mobs. Stinney Jr. was left to face trial alone 1,000 people-whites only crammed the South Carolina courthouse. Blacks weren’t allowed inside. The all-White jury deliberated for all of 10 minutes in between lunch before sentencing him to death by electrocution –All this constitutes cruel punishment.

 

Family and Advocate Statements:

                                                              

Rev.Gregg L. Greer (Lead Advocate
Rev.Gregg L. Greer (Lead Advocate)

I along with many believe America is truly a “Great,” County, but we (Americans) must be interested in telling truth and not distorting history to suit our own ends. Let us rewrite this wrong, let us, correct history for the purpose of doing what is right. Stinney’s name must be cleared

Says, Gregg L Greer (Advocate member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference).

 

Sonja Eddy Williamson (Lead Advocate)
Sonja Eddy Williamson (Lead Advocate)

                                                                 

I pray George Stinney, Jr will be exonerated, even as   they took his life. It is never too late to clear one’s name and correct history. My dedicated support for George Stinney, Jr comes by the endless hours of research of the crime and the background of those involved. Please remember to include Judge Mullen in your prayers that she will pray over this case and know George was entitled to fairness. As a human being we all have rights no matter our age, race or social status. As a human we are all created the same and should be treated the same.

Said, Sonya Williamson (Advocate/Researcher for the case)

 

Aime Ruffner (Stinney Family, Sister of George)
Aime Ruffner (Stinney Family, Sister of George)

This is something that I know. I know my brother is innocent.”“Someone has to be the scapegoat,” Aime Stinney said. “My brother was the scapegoat.” Aime Stinney said she found peace a long time ago. “There is a God who sits high and looks low,” she said. “I know that anyone who had anything to do with this will have to come before a just God.”   Aime Ruffner (Stinney Family, Sister of George)

 

Norma Robinson (Stinney Family, Niece)
Norma Robinson (Stinney Family, Niece)

The Stinney Family only seeks “Justice”, “exoneration,” and nothing else. My Grandparents did not live to see the day when this case would be recalled to court. We pray the courts accept the evidence that we know has been known to the public all along, and if only people had looked, but given the time in South Carolina (Jim Crow Era) no one cared to seek the truth. The family strongly believes that documents, public records, and just plain common sense all clearly show that George Stinney Jr did not get a fair trial. Seventy years is a long enough time for any family to suffer such a loss. We pray that we won’t have to endure another seventy years for “Justice.” We need everyone’s support in making sure that the Siblings of George Stinney Jr-Charles, Katherine and Amie het the closure that their parents did not live to see. We will not forget the two innocent girls who I’m sure are in Heaven with George waiting for the truth to come out. We believe that they as well, would want the “real” guilty parties revealed and justice finally served.

Norma Robinson (Stinney Family, Niece)

 

David Stout, (Writer Carolina Skeletons)
David Stout, (Writer Carolina Skeletons)

During the time I was doing the time of the research for the book, “Carolina Skeletons,” I read various statements from various local people in support of a clemency for George Stinney Jr sent to then South Carolina Governor Olin. The people who all seemed to me as good and decent because I noticed that they had shown an enormous amount of human compassion for George Stinney Jr. which was so unusual to me because it was the time of the Jim Crow Era in America but the statements represented how people of different ethnic and social backgrounds can understand one another and come together. David Stout, (Writer Carolina Skeletons)

 

 

It is our Prayer that South Carolina does right by means of Justice, and in the eyes of God, and clear the good name of George Stinney Jr. because George Stinney Jr. is innocent. (Family/Friends)

George Stinney Jr. Rest In Peace!

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(All supporting documents can be found on https://www.facebook.com/groups/theloveofgeorge/)  

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 Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, and Social Activist Gregg Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at one1worldtoday@gmail.com

The 20th Anniversary of world Human Rights Day 2013. Human Rights group will Rally on December 10, 2013 , to request “Presidential Pardon,” for the Youngest Person executed in U.S. History

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World Human Rights Day 2013 has special significance in this 20th anniversary year of the establishment of the mandate of the U.N. Proclamation for Human Rights. On December 10, 2013 various Southern Christian Leadership Conference members, civil rights activist and human rights organizations will join hundreds of demonstrators at a scheduled peace vigil outside the Clarendon County Courthouse, in Manning South Carolina where George Stinney Jr. The youngest Person Executed in U.S. History was originally sentenced to death. Their effort is to underscore in tone-one single message “that, as a global community, it’s time to come together and  support justice for George Stinney Jr,” said Gregg L Greer a S.C.L.C/ Freedom First Member, and the Rally Organizer.

George Stinney Jr. just prir to his execution.
George Stinney Jr. just prior to his execution on June 16, 1944

This 5’1, 95-lb. African-American boy was sent to the electric chair for allegedly killing two young white girls on Friday, March 24, 1944. The day authorities said 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and Mary Emma Thames, 8, went missing and were murdered. Their bodies were found underwater in a creek the next morning. By midday, George Stinney had been arrested. So literally George Stinney Jr. was given a tax commissioner as a defense lawyer. The confession of George Stinney, Jr. was never recorded in police files. Detectives offered the boy ice cream to confess.  Stinney was convicted and sentenced in one day of court. The boy faced his sentence without family who was forced to move away from the city for fear of lynching’s from the angry mobs. Stinney Jr. would be left to face trial alone 1,000 people crammed the courthouse.

Denise Bell, a mother of three and teacher from Charlotte, North Carolina is attending the Rally because she believes that the court system  worked against Stinney. “Everything about this case seems unfair, I feel he (Stinney) was unjustly punished, by the courts, and not given a chance at all to prove his innocence,” I pray that no-one in my family ever has to go through something like this.”    

 Rally to organize a petition for “Presidential Pardon,” for the Youngest Person executed in U.S. History
Rally to organize a petition for “Presidential Pardon,” for the Youngest Person executed in U.S. History

 We don’t care if it happened 60 or 500 years ago.” said, Organizer Gregg Greer

“Not only are we requesting the President to activate the Pardon, but we are inviting the Nikki R. Haley Governor of South Carolina to respond,”  “We will send a clear direct message to the nation that we’re not going to sit back and let our children be slaughtered and don’t say anything about it.” “So, the people involved who will come out to support this cause: are white, black, brown, and they are tired of the growing senseless community violence.  There’s a mixture of people involved and everybody will come out to support God-given, Human Rights.” according to Greer

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In the recent wake of Trayvon Martin, Troy Davis, and growing number of failed Criminal Justice cases-The organizers goal is to have a peaceful dialog to bring continued attention to this case and community violence. Historical researchers and Death penalty opponents often cite the case of the 5-foot-1, 95-pound Stinney, who was electrocuted in the old Central Correction Institute in Columbia on June 16, 1944-At 14 years, seven months and 29 days, because he was the youngest person legally executed in the United States in the 20th century

  

About four years ago, George Frierson, a member of Clarendon School District 3’s Board of Trustees and a community activist began collecting newspaper articles, death certificates and other documents, as well as anything related to the case that he could put his hands on.  We know that, “A Clarendon County jury came back with a verdict, but it was the state that killed George Stinney,” said George Frierson. For Frierson, a 56-year-old father of four and an Alcolu native, “This was a 14-year-old boy “I look at the sadness of this,” he said. “We want to see if this merits reopening this case,” Frierson said.

For the record-The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the people of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all people and all nations. Historically World Human Rights Day continues the celebration of the anniversary with 20 YEARS: WORKING FOR YOUR RIGHTS as its theme but with the emphasis on the future and identifying the challenges that lie ahead.

 Rally will be at 10:00 AM:  Clarendon County Court House Grounds 102 South Mills St. Manning, SC 29102
Dec 10, 2013 Rally will be at 10:00 AM: Clarendon County Court House Grounds 102 South Mills St. Manning, SC 29102

 When speaking about George Stinney and the case, “This isn’t something that I just believe,” Stinney’s sister, Aime L. Stinney, like his other family members, didn’t believe it then, and she doesn’t believe it now.  The 72-year-old Newark, N.J., woman said from her home in a recent interview. “This is something that I know. I know my brother is innocent.”

“Someone has to be the scapegoat,” Aime Stinney said. “My brother was the scapegoat.” Aime Stinney said she found peace a long time ago.

“There is a God who sits high and looks low,” she said. “I know that anyone who had anything to do with this will have to come before a just God.”

 According to Organizer, Gregg Greer, “We must began to correct the past and work toward the future. Where are our governments!!!-Where are the moral voices?!!!! We need to stop these disgraceful practices that are truly evil in nature. “ We encourage everyone to Fight with us!!!  Rally will be at 10:00 AM:  Clarendon County Court House Grounds 102 South Mills St. Manning, SC 29102. You can also sign the online petition at https://www.causes.com/campaigns/34389-exonerate-george-stinney-jr-at-14-the-youngest-person-executed-in-us-history.

For More information you may email One World editorial at One1worldtoday@gmail.com

 Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, and Social Activist Gregg Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at one1worldtoday@gmail.com

Guilty in Innocence Project -The New Movement to Exonerate George Stinney Jr. At 14 the Youngest Person executed in US History

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       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 the day of the Murders on March 23, 1944The 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 Stinneywas 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!

fldeathrow-electric_chairGuilty in Innocence Project-Efforts to correct the History Record of the Stinney Case

According to Gregg Greer the Chair of the Guilty in Innocence Project, we must began to combat and look at wrongful convictions in America overall-According to Amnesty International Since 1973, over 130 people have been released from death rows throughout the country due to evidence of their wrongful convictions. In 2003 alone, 10 wrongfully convicted defendants were released from death row. Example-African Americans are disproportionately represented among people condemned to death in the USA. While they make up 12 per cent of the national population, they account for more than 40 per cent of the country’s current death row inmates, and one in three of those executed since 1977.

 

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Factors leading to wrongful convictions include

  • Inadequate legal representation
  • Police and prosecutorial misconduct
  • Perjured testimony and mistaken eyewitness testimony
  • Racial prejudice
  • Jailhouse “snitch” testimony
  • Suppression and/or misinterpretation of mitigating evidence
  • Community/political pressure to solve a case

I believe the best way we can commemorate the birth of this poor 14-year-old boy’s short life is to take a moment to really ask ourselves would we allow any member of our own family to be treated like this, secondly we must look at the cruel form of punishment to begin with

What you can do to help clear Stinney’s Name!

Guilty in Innocence Project and Causes have a joint petition Campaign to ask President Obama to Pardon George  Stinney Jr.

Guilty in Innocence Project has a Posthumous Presidential Campaign to Pardon 14 year old George Stinney because his case reveals the outrage of human rights abuse but inspires in each one of us to strive for change of Justice Laws; we are dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people to prevent future injustices. Specifically when those cases are due to racial prejudice. We also believe strongly that when we raise awareness and concern about the failings of our criminal justice system, if innocent people are imprisoned or, worse, being put to death for crimes that they did not commit, it is a facet of our society that eventually will inflame our society. We think the President will agree that year, 2015, the 71st anniversary of Stinney’s birth, is a most timely moment to correct this historic miscarriage of justice.This type of injustice should be intolerable to every American, or human being. Stand with us! Please go to causes and sign our campaign.

https://www.causes.com/campaigns/34389-exonerate-george-stinney-jr-at-14-the-youngest-person-executed-in-us-history

Greer is a member of the SCLC-Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Chair of the Guilty in Innocence Project spent 2 years in research of the case. We hope to write a final chapter in this case.  I’ve told my team that ultimately it must be our goal to protect human rights worldwide. As we enter into a new world a new day and age, we must look for change, too much pain, too many lives lost we must dedicate our lives to this cause..

You can reach Greer at .one1worldtoday@gmail.com