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Monday, February 29, 2016

EXECUTED AT !4 YEARS OF AGE, EXONERATED 70 YEARS TOO LATE

Feeling Rebloggy 
George Stinney Jr was found guilty in 1944 of killing two white girls, 7-year-old Mary Emma Thames and 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker
On Stinney's Exoneration in 2014
"I think it's long overdue," Stinney's sister, Katherine Stinney Robinson, 80, tells local newspaper The Manning Times. "I'm just thrilled because it's overdue."


In her ruling, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen wrote that she found that "fundamental, Constitutional violations of due process exist in the 1944 prosecution of George Stinney, Jr., and hereby vacates the judgment."

The case was brought by Stinney Robinson and two of her surviving siblings.

"It took less than a day for a jury to convict George Stinney Jr. and send him to the electric chair," NPR'S Hansi Lo Wang reports. "He was convicted of the deaths of 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 7-year-old Mary Emma Thames in deeply segregated Alcolu, S.C."



Read More: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2014/12/17/371534533/s-c-judge-says-boy-14-shouldn-t-have-been-executed