Justice delayed: Stinney exonerated

Justice Delayed: Stinney Exonerated
Judge posthumously exonerates 14-year-old South Carolina teen executed 70 years ago.

ALCOLU, S.C. (WIS) Seven decades after he was convicted of murder and executed by the state of South Carolina, a 14-year-old boy was exonerated by a circuit court judge on Wednesday.

Judge Carmen Mullen vacated the decision against George Stinney, who was convicted of beating Mary Emma Thames and Betty June Binnicker to death in 1944.

Stinney was executed in June 1944 by electric chair. The teen was so small he had to sit on a phone book to be executed by the chair.

Judge Mullen’s ruling effectively clears Stinney’s name. In her ruling, Mullen said she found Stinney was never given any kind of defense and his due process was violated.

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