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Thursday, 18 December 2014
14 Year-Old-boy Declared Innocent 70 Years After He Was Electrocuted
It's so sad and demeaning to hear that a 14-year-old boy was condemned to death in US.Please read the excerpt below...
After seven decades, a black 14-year-old boy has been cleared of murder.
In 1944, George Stinney was convicted of murdering two white girls in Alcolu, South Carolina. He was executed via the electric chair after his white lawyer called no witnesses and performed no cross-examinations.
In January, a judge agreed to hear new testimony and arguments in the case.
At a hearing that month, Solicitor Ernest "Chip" Finney III argued the conviction should stand.
"They weren't trying to railroad every black person associated with Alcolu and these little girls. They made a determination based on facts we don't have today that George Stinney should be detained," Finney said.
But an attorney arguing on behalf of Stinney said the state handled the case so badly that it merited another look.
"The state, as an entity, has very unclean hands," attorney Miller Shealy argued.