Youngest Person Executed In 100 Years May Get New Trial

Racially charged case may be revisited

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SC Department of Archives and History / AP

Community activists are demanding a new trial for a 14-year old African-American boy who was executed in South Carolina in 1944 for the alleged murder of two young white girls.

Family of George Stinney have asked a judge to grant him a new trial, even though he’s been dead for almost 70 years, the Associated Press reports.

Stinney was convicted by an all-white jury after only ten minutes of deliberation. The boy allegedly confessed to police, although no written confession has ever been found nor did he have a lawyer present. Some reports say that police gave him ice cream during the interrogation in order to make him cooperate. Stinney was not read his Miranda rights, his parents were not allowed to see him in jail, and a lynch mob forced the family to leave town before his trial. Stinney’s court-appointed lawyer was a tax commissioner who allegedly called no defense witnesses to testify, and the trial lasted just over two and a half hours. Recently, two of Stinney’s siblings have sworn that they were with him all day when the girls were murdered.

George Frierson, a Claredon county School District board member who has been advocating for Stinney’s innocence since he first heard about the case eight years ago, says that Stinney would have been physically incapable of murdering the girls because their wounds indicated that they were inflicted by someone extremely large. At just over 5 feet tall and 90 pounds, Stinney had to have a specially fitted electric chair for his execution.

[AP]

15 comments
Vaalholmes
Vaalholmes

While trumping on minorities, let's all be very careful. Today we are the majority but 30 years from now, we shall be outnumber and then the shoe is on the other foot. Lets be protective of human rights for all, minority or not.

RustyMichaelMullinClan
RustyMichaelMullinClan

Multiple people have noted something to the effect of, there were no Miranda rights in 1944. True, the Miranda case did not happen until after this child was murdered by South Carolina. And that is what this is, a murder of a child. And that is the most important point, that this was a murder by the state. However, there is an another point here. The Miranda case neither created nor gave any flesh and blood American any rights. Neither did the Constitution of the United States, any state constitution, or any other law ever written in America. Laws only give rights to governments, corporations, and other fictions. The people have all of their rights from the beginning and only get to keep them when they take them and demand them. Laws may sometimes protect rights, but they do not give them. The whole reason Miranda appealed and finally won a case before the Supreme Court was because his right to be informed was violated at the time of his arrest and questioning. Yes, our rights are formally written into the law in multiple places, but this is not a granting of rights. It is a begrudging acknowledgment, by a government forced to do so by the people. Please stop thinking that the government runs you and gives you your rights. Please start acting like the owners of this country and demanding that the government do as you tell it. And for the Love of God, please tell your government to stop murdering children and people in general. Don't execute them quickly with poisons or slowly with the torture of confinement. 


We all know that some criminals cannot be trusted around others. Those criminals are why prisons exist. But to incarcerate non-violent people for profit, and try to justify that with a tough-on-crime stance is immoral. It is also weak minded, pathetic, and profitable for some of the lowest scum that will ever be. Look at your portfolios please. Do you profit from children (or adults) sentenced to life for selling or just having some weed, or pills, or even harder narcotics? If you do, shame on you. You are just as responsible as the evil police, prosecutor, judge, and jurors, that murdered George Stinney. 


Wake up and try to be the ideal America. Right now you are an example of tyranny, and your bigotry is still showing.

DarrylShirley
DarrylShirley

Interesting comments by those posting about miranda rights; but you totally miss the point being made- lack of due process for the poor, especially minorities. One person made the comment that it was a different time then, yet how does that measure up with the growing for-profit prison system emerging in this nation! Especially the judges implicated in illegally sending children to prison after being bribed to pad the prison numbers at those for-profit facilities. If you don't know or appreciate historical facts then the abuses continue unabated. Black militancy against segregation and discrimination in the public venue was the only reason why De jure segregation had to come an end, the fight for universal justice continues. You conservative oriented posters only display your lack of knowledge with your unempathetic race-based postings, just sickening!

RobiMacher
RobiMacher

Good article but Miranda v. Arizona was in 1966 so the poor kid literally did not have the right to remain silent. 

BenderRodriguez
BenderRodriguez

I suppose this is some of that whistling work and the "no complaints at all!" that the Duck Dynasty guy spoke of.

anti-government
anti-government

There were no Miranda rights in 1944. Use a reporter who knows something about Constitutional history to write stories like this or face continued exposure as an organization that makes stupid errors.


Not read his Miranda rights in 1944? Read a book or two!

beadar
beadar

Most be that southern hospitality thing...This is sick to the bone.

bosslady599
bosslady599

This disturbs me so much , this was a child, I am from South Carolina and never heard this, I have a 13 yr old son and can't imagine what the family went through.

DeanCris
DeanCris

Sounds like another of many injustices, but FYI Time - Miranda rights weren't read to suspects in 1944.

DouglasBurr
DouglasBurr

And some people wonder why black people are so vocal when they feel injustice in the courtroom or in life. It's because they've had to put up with this kind of sh*t for 300 years in this country. White people get indignet when there is black on white crime that didn't get the publicity or scrutiny of a white on black crime. When whites have been enslaved and subjugated to the injustices perpetrated on blacks for a few hundred years, then we can talk.

zelskid1
zelskid1

It was a different world then

vrome
vrome

This is so disgusting to think that in 1944 in South Carolina, they put so little value in human life that a two hour trial and ten minutes of deliberation could yield a sentence of death, even if Miranda rights didn't exist back then,

notLostInSpace
notLostInSpace

@zelskid1 You think abuses like that are not occurring somewhere in the world now?  World is not so different; people still kill, maim, injure, rob, rape.  Children that age are used as bomb carriers, army infantry, drug mules (I can find them within 20 miles of where I write this in the US).  The US still has a defective criminal justice system; maybe it has improved a little, but that is not saying much.

BenderRodriguez
BenderRodriguez

@zelskid1I hope you're not Christian, because then you'd have to defend the Bible with that. If you're not Chrisitan, then I shall move along.

notLostInSpace
notLostInSpace

@vrome Places like Texas and La still execute retarded people for crimes they may or may not have done.  I'm not very confidant that we have improved our criminal justice system very much, except if you are rich.


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