Black History Culture : New evidence could clear 14-year-old executed by South Carolina

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  1. MsInterpret

    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    New evidence could clear 14-year-old executed by South Carolina

    By David Edwards
    Monday, October 3, 2011 9:00 EDT

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    Over 67 years after 14-year-old George Junius Stinney Jr. was put to death by the state of South Carolina, he may soon be cleared of the crime that people familiar with the case say he never could have committed.
    A lawyer and an activist both told Raw Story recently that new evidence will show that the black boy could not have possibly murdered two white girls, 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and seven-year-old Mary Emma Thames.
    Stinney, the youngest person to receive the death penalty in the last 100 years, was executed on June 16, 1944. At five feet one inch and only 95 pounds, the straps of the electric chair did not fit the boy. His feet could not touch the floor. As he was hit with the first 2,400-volt surge of electricity, the mask covering his face slipped off, “revealing his wide-open, tearful eyes and saliva coming from his mouth,” according to author Joy James.
    After two more jolts of electricity, the boy was dead.
    Less than three months earlier, Stinney, who had no previous history of violence, had been accused of the crime after he admitted speaking to the girls when they stopped by a field in Alcolu where he was grazing his cow to ask where they could find maypops, a type of flower. Authorities alleged Stinney had used a railroad spike to shatter both of the girls’ heads. The boy was taken into a room with several white officers and within an hour, they said he had confessed. Because there were no Miranda rights in 1944, Stinney was questioned without a lawyer and his parents were not allowed into the room.
    No written confession exists, only a few handwritten notes a deputy who was present during the interrogation. They claimed that Stinney had said he killed Mary Emma because he wanted to have sex with Betty June. When Betty June resisted his advances, authorities said, he murdered her too.
    Reports said that the officers had offered the boy ice cream for confessing to the crimes.
    READ MORE: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/10/...clear-14-year-old-executed-by-south-carolina/
     
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    Stay classy, South Carolina ....

    .... so much for due process ....
     
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    This is absolutely heart-breaking.

    It was heart-breaking without this "new evidence" ... but now ... oh my gosh.

    Absolutely devastating.

    Thanks for sharing Sister.

    :heart:

    Destee
     
  4. MsInterpret

    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Yes it was very sad...It's such a shame that it had to take this long for him to be cleared
     
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    The unfortunate thing is that it is still happening.

    Little black boys are still being marginalized, criminalized, killed, set-up for devastation and destruction.

    This is but one little black boy ... but there are so many ... so many that were killed unjustly.

    And the sad part of it all is that they simply changed their method of operation (MO) of how they go about it.

    It's still being done ... even right now ... as i type this post.

    :heart:

    Destee
     
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