U.S. judge rules boy, 14, shouldn’t have been executed in 1944

Yet another way the System discriminates against young black males. The US, Yemen, and one other country are the only ones that support capital punishment for minors.

Global News

COLUMBIA, S.C. – More than 70 years after the state of South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair after the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out his conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

George Stinney was arrested, convicted of murder in a one-day trial and executed in 1944 – all in the span of about three months and without an appeal. The speed in which South Carolina meted out justice against the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century was shocking and extremely unfair, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen wrote in her ruling Wednesday.

“I can think of no greater injustice,” Mullen wrote.

Stinney’s case has long been spoken of by civil rights activists as an example of how a black person could be wronged by a southern justice system that sanctioned legal…

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