A 14 year old boy

George Stinney was a 14-year-old African American boy who was wrongfully convicted and executed for the murder of two young white girls in Alcolu, South Carolina in 1944. Here are the key points of his case:

  1. On March 23, 1944, two young white girls, Betty June Binnicker, age 11, and Mary Emma Thames, age 7, were found dead in a ditch in Alcolu, South Carolina.

  2. George Stinney was arrested and interrogated without his parents or a lawyer present. He allegedly confessed to the murders after being held for several hours.

  3. Stinney’s trial lasted just one day, and his court-appointed lawyer did not call any witnesses or present any evidence on his behalf.

  4. The all-white jury deliberated for just 10 minutes before finding Stinney guilty of murder.

  5. Stinney was sentenced to death by electrocution, and he was executed just 83 days after the murders.

  6. In 2014, Stinney’s conviction was posthumously overturned by a South Carolina judge who ruled that he did not receive a fair trial due to his age, lack of legal representation, and the absence of a complete record of the proceedings.

  7. Stinney’s case is often cited as an example of racial injustice and the failure of the criminal justice system to protect the rights of children and minorities.

  8. The case also highlights the importance of due process and the right to a fair trial, particularly for vulnerable individuals such as children and those who may not have access to legal representation.

1 Family seeks justice 70 years after execution


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The family of 14-year-old George Stinney, executed for murder in 1944, says he’s innocent. CNN’s David Mattingly reports.

2 George Stinney, 14, Executed In Vile Act Of Injustice, Exonerated 70s Years Late

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Gepubliceerd op 18 dec. 2014

“Calling it a “great and fundamental injustice,” a South Carolina judge on Wednesday vacated the 1944 murder conviction of 14-year-old George J. Stinney Jr., the youngest person executed in the United States in the last century. Judge Carmen T. Mullen of Circuit Court did not rule that the conviction of Mr. Stinney for the murder of two white girls in the town of Alcolu was wrong on the merits. She did find, however, that the prosecution had failed in numerous ways to safeguard the constitutional rights of Mr. Stinney, who was black, from the time he was taken into custody until his death by electrocution. The all-white jury could not be considered a jury of the teenager’s peers, Judge Mullen ruled, and his court-appointed attorney did “little to nothing” to defend him. His confession was most likely coerced and unreliable, she added, “due to the power differential between his position as a 14-year-old black male apprehended and questioned by white, uniformed law enforcement in a small, segregated mill town in South Carolina.””* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

3 George Junius Stinney Jr CNN

4 – June 16, 1944 – George Stinney, Age 14, Executed

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Today in 1944, George Stinney Jr., 14, became the youngest American executed in the 20th century. Stinney was convicted of murdering two Caucasian girls, on the basis that he interacted with the girls the day prior. In this edition of Moments in Civil Rights History, a collaboration of Comcast and the Equal Justice Initiative, Stinney faces what is recognized today as a discriminatory trial. In 2014, a judge posthumously vacated his conviction.
5 THE CURRENT | The Story of George Stinney Jr
 

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This film is based in part on the true history of George Stinney Jr and on An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Beirce.

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In April of 1944, George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old African American boy from Alcolu, SC was convicted of brutally bludgeoning to White girls to death. He was sent to the electric chair on June 16, 1944. The families of the two girls, Mary Emma Thames, 7, and Betty June Binnicker, 11, believe justice has been served. 70 years later, the family of Stinney wants to re-open case, claiming there is new evidence and the teen did not get a fair trial. USC law professor, Kenneth Gaines, breaks down the case from a legal perspective, looking at the challenges both sides face and examining the role of race.

7 The Youngest American Ever Executed – October 1, 2011

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The tragic and disturbing history of a young American boy, George Junius Stinney Jr., who was executed in June of 1944 and became the youngest person to be executed in the United States of America. It’s a disgusting event triggered largely by racists since the young boy was a Black American. A group of dedicated attorneys are working diligently to exonerate the boy posthumously.

8 My Name Is George Junius Stinney Jr.

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George Junius Stinney, Jr. is the youngest person executed in the United States at age 14.

10 Judge decides fate of 1944 trial

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The family of George Stinney, the 14-year-old African-American boy executed in 1944, is back in court for a second day in hopes of clearing his name.

11 Robert Ridgeway: “George Stinney led searchers to the bodies.”

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Robert Ridgeway was a teenager when his father and some of the other men in Alcolu spent hours searching for Betty June and Mary Emma. (Note: This video is not to be used without permission.)

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13 George Stinney – P-DASH

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Music video for P-Dash’s song “George Stinney,” which follows the true story events of the youngest person ever put to death in the United States. This music video, which chronicles the fourteen-year-old’s investigation, trial and execution, was shot primarily with a RED Dragon, and two Blackmagic Production Cameras for supporting coverage, over two days on location in Lawrenceville, GA and Newnan, GA. Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro utilizing multi-cam sequencing. Visual effects done in Adobe After Effects. Color graded in DaVinci Resolve. Mastered in 4K UHD.

14 George Stinney Jr.: The Child In The Chamber

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“House Of The Rising Sun” by Bachman–Turner Overdrive
 

15 George Stinney Judge Speaks PKG

16 Judge overturns conviction of 14-yo executed in 1944 Finally! – George Stinney Exonerated

 

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I’ve been following this story a long time. 
 
This update is bittersweet. (thanks to Kyle Kulinski from Secular Talk for the update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zdaN…
 
A South Carolina judge on Wednesday took the unusual step of vacating the 1944 conviction of a black 14-year-old boy, the youngest person executed in the United States in the past century, saying he did not receive a fair trial in the murders of two white girls. 
 
George Stinney Jr. was convicted by an all-white jury after a one-day trial and a 10-minute jury deliberation during a time when racial segregation prevailed in much of the United States. 
 
Stinney died in the electric chair less than three months after the killings of Betty June Binnicker, 11, and Mary Emma Thames, 7 
 
In her ruling, Judge Carmen Tevis Mullen said she was not overturning the case on its merits, which scant records made nearly impossible to relitigate, but on the failure of the court to grant Stinney a fair trial. 
 
She said few or no defense witnesses testified and that it was “highly likely” that Stinney’s confession to white police officers was coerced. 
 
“From time to time we are called to look back to examine our still-recent history and correct injustice where possible,” she wrote. “I can think of no greater injustice than a violation of one’s constitutional rights, which has been proven to me in this case by a preponderance of the evidence standard.” 
 
The girls disappeared on March 23, 1944, after leaving home in the small mill town of Alcolu on their bicycles to look for wildflowers. They were found the next morning in a ditch, their skulls crushed. 
 
Stinney was taken into custody that day and confessed within hours, according to Mullen’s ruling. 
 
Last year, members of Stinney’s family petitioned for a new trial. His sister, Amie Ruffner, 77, testified in a January hearing that he could not have killed the girls because he had been with her on that day. 
 
Citing the lack of a transcript from the original trial, no surviving physical evidence and only a handful of official documents, Mullen ruled instead to overturn the conviction outright. 
 
Ruffner and two other surviving siblings of Stinney, who were run out of town shortly after his arrest, were pleased with the outcome, said Stinney family attorney Matthew Burgess. 
 
“This is something that’s been weighing on them for seven decades now,” he said. “They are happy to hear that their brother has been exonerated.” 
 
Prosecutors, who had opposed a new trial, were not immediately available for comment.
 
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17 Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn’t have been executed in SC

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18 The Execution of George Stinney

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What this clip doesn’t show is that Bible he brought with him was taken and used as a booster seat because a 14 year old boy is too small for an electric chair. They also do not show the mask slipping off his face showing his eyes full of tears and saliva coming from his mouth, because the mask wasn’t made to fit a 14 year old boy. This clip also does not show that it took 2 more jolts of electricity before he died because they were unable to secure the electrodes correctly. The chair was not meant to be used to execute children, it was built for grown men.

19 South Carolina Boy Exonerated After 70-Year-Old Execution

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A S.C. judge dismissed the verdict in the 1944 case involving George Stinney, Jr., a 14-year-old boy convicted of a double-murder and executed.

20 The Youngest American Ever Executed – October 1, 2011

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The tragic and disturbing history of a young American boy, George Junius Stinney Jr., who was executed in June of 1944 and became the youngest person to be executed in the United States of America. It’s a disgusting event triggered largely by racists since the young boy was a Black American. A group of dedicated attorneys are working diligently to exonerate the boy posthumously.
 
 

21 Judge vacates murder conviction on Pennsylvania teen executed in 1931

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14 jun. 2022

A Pennsylvania judge overturned the murder conviction of a 16-year-old boy who was put to death in 1931. Alexander McClay Williams was accused of murdering 33-year-old Vida Robare while a student at Glen Mills School in Delaware County.
 
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22 Teen’s conviction tossed 70 years after his execution

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The murder conviction of George Stinney, Jr., a 14-year-old African-American boy who was executed 70 years ago for the deaths of two white girls, was just overturned. A South Carolina judge ruled the boy did not have a fair trial.

23 Execution in South Carolina: 14-Year-Old George Stinney Convicted in 1944

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Seventy-six years ago, the execution of a young Black teen made history in South Carolina. George Stinney was convicted and tried in a one day-trial. And the story is being used as a lesson today. We have updates from WLTX.

24 – 14 years old George Stinney was Executed 😱 | The Offender #criminal #crime #georgestinney

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George Stinney was a young African-American boy who was wrongfully convicted and executed for the murder of two white girls in South Carolina, United States, in 1944. He was born on October 21, 1929, in Alcolu, South Carolina, and was just 14 years old at the time of his trial and execution. Despite a lack of evidence and a coerced confession, Stinney was convicted by an all-white jury in a trial that lasted just two hours. He was executed by electric chair on June 16, 1944, making him the youngest person to be executed in the United States in the 20th century. Stinney’s case has since become a symbol of racial injustice and a reminder of the flaws in the criminal justice system. In 2014, his conviction was posthumously vacated by a South Carolina judge, clearing his name more than 70 years after his wrongful execution.

25 Interview With George Stinney (14) 5 Minutes Before Death Row Execution

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Interview With George Stinney (14) 5 Minutes Before Death Row Execution

26 The Injustice of George Stinney Jr.

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George Junius Stinney Jr. was an African American boy, who at the age of 14 was convicted, and executed, for the murders of June Binnicker, age 11, and Mary Emma Thames, age 7 in March 1944.

27 Youngest Ever Executed By Electric Chair Had To Sit On His BIBLE!

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Youngest Ever Executed By Electric Chair Had To Sit On His BIBLE! George Stinney Jr.

28 George Stinney Jr. Executed at 14 1944


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George Stinney 1944. He was executed at 14. Viewer discretion. He was an innocent child. They found him guilty in 10 minutes. He was exonerated 70 years later.

In 1944, 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. was executed for a crime he didn’t commit. This heartbreaking video tells his story and highlights the injustice of his death.

George’s story is a reminder of the human cost of injustice and the need to fight for justice. Watch this video to learn about George and his life and death.

29 – 14 years old George Stinney was Executed 😱 | The Offender #criminal #crime #georgestinney.

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George Stinney was a young African-American boy who was wrongfully convicted and executed for the murder of two white girls in South Carolina, United States, in 1944. He was born on October 21, 1929, in Alcolu, South Carolina, and was just 14 years old at the time of his trial and execution. Despite a lack of evidence and a coerced confession, Stinney was convicted by an all-white jury in a trial that lasted just two hours. He was executed by electric chair on June 16, 1944, making him the youngest person to be executed in the United States in the 20th century. Stinney’s case has since become a symbol of racial injustice and a reminder of the flaws in the criminal justice system. In 2014, his conviction was posthumously vacated by a South Carolina judge, clearing his name more than 70 years after his wrongful execution.

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Pennsylvania Teen Exonerated 91 Years After Sham Trial and Execution on Racially Motivated Charges that He Had Murdered a White Woman

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Pennsylvania Teen Exonerated 91 Years After Sham Trial and Execution on Racially Motivated Charges that He Had Murdered a White Woman
An African-American teenager who was convicted and sentenced to death in Pennsylvania on false charges that he had murdered a white woman has been exonerated, 91 years after he was executed.

On June 13, 2022, Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kevin Kelly granted a motion filed jointly by lawyers for Alexander McClay Williams and the Delaware County District Attorney’s office to posthumously overturn Williams’ conviction and death sentence. (Williams is pictured with then-District Attorney William J. McCarter displaying the murder weapon.) District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer then filed a motion to “nol pros” the case, dismissing the charges against Williams and formally exonerating him. Williams, who was sixteen years old when he was put to death in the electric chair, was the youngest person ever executed in Pennsylvania.

The court action was the culmination of years of effort by Williams’ family and Sam Lemon, the great-grandson of his trial lawyer, to clear the teen of the murder of his school matron, Vida Robare. Robare had actually been murdered by her abusive ex-husband, shortly after she had obtained a divorce from him on grounds of “extreme cruelty.” Williams was represented at trial by William Ridley, the first African American admitted to the Bar of Delaware County. Ridley was provided just $10 to investigate and defend the case. An all-white jury convicted and condemned Williams based upon a confession coerced by police, after prosecutors withheld exculpatory evidence. The entire trial took less than a day. He was executed without an appeal.

Judge Kelly granted Williams a new trial, finding that the conviction was obtained as a result of “numerous fundamental due process violations.” A spokesperson for the District Attorney’s office said the decision to nol pros the case was “an acknowledgement that the charges against [Williams] should never have been brought.”

“Sadly, we cannot undo the past,” Stollsteimer said. “We cannot rewrite history to erase the egregious wrongs of our forebearers. However, when, as here, justice can be served by publicly acknowledging such a wrong, we must seize that opportunity.” Susie Carter, Williams’ only living sibling, responded joyously. “I am happy. I am happy,” she said. “There’s no way they can bring him back, but let his name be cleared of all that. He did not do it.”

Robare had been stabbed 47 times with an ice pick during the murder and suffered two broken ribs and a skull fracture. Williams, however, had no blood on him that day. A bloody handprint was discovered at the crime scene. Although law enforcement had the prints examined by experts, the results were not presented at trial and were withheld from the defense. Police never investigated Robare’s ex-husband as a possible suspect.

Williams’ confession, which did not match the circumstances of the crime, was given after hours of police interrogation under undocumented circumstances. A 1931 photograph shows Williams with what appears to have a black eye sustained during police interrogation. When Williams was sentenced to death, he shouted that he had been promised he wouldn’t be executed if he confessed.

During his investigation, Lemon uncovered Robare’s death certificate, which named Williams as her murderer before he even had been charged with the crime. “The guilty verdict was decided before the case even began,” Lemon said. Robert Keller, who posthumously represented Williams in the court proceedings, called the case “racial profiling at its worst.”

This effort was unsuccessful because Pennsylvania does not have a mechanism to grant a posthumous pardon. However, in 2017, because of Lemon’s continued advocacy, Williams’ record was expunged.

In 2015, Lemon unsuccessfully attempted to obtain a pardon for Williams, but the efforts failed because Pennsylvania has no mechanism to consider a posthumous pardon. Two years later, he succeeded in having Williams’ record expunged. The effort to exonerate Williams received a boost in November 2019 when Delaware County elected reform candidate Stollsteimer as district attorney. One of the issues in that campaign was the incumbent district attorney’s refusal to reopen a nearly 40-year-old murder case in which a defendant who consistently proclaimed his innocence had been implicated by a teen offender who had been threatened with the death penalty.

Williams’ case bears a striking resemblance to the case of George Stinney, a 14-year-old Black boy who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death by an all-white jury in South Carolina in 1944 for the murder of two young white girls. Stinney was the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century. His entire trial and sentencing lasted just three hours and the jury deliberated for only 10 minutes. As with Williams, Stinney did not file any appeals and was executed only months after his conviction. A South Carolina trial court vacated Stinney’s conviction in 2014, posthumously exonerating him.

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