George Stinney Jr. was 14-years-old when he was convicted of murder. Today, his conviction was officially tossed out of court 70 years after he was executed in South Carolina for the murder of two white girls.
Stinney was so small at the time of his execution he had to actually sit on a phone book when he was placed in the electric chair–a mere three months after the murders took place and after a lengthy and exhausting three hour trial. NBC News reports:
On Wednesday morning, Judge Carmen Mullins vacated the decision against George Stinney Jr., a black teen who was convicted of beating two young white girls to death in the small town of Alcolu in 1944. Civil rights advocates have spent years trying to get the case reopened, arguing that Stinney’s confession was coerced. At the time of his arrest, Stinney weighed just 95 pounds. Officials said Stinney had admitted beating the girls, 11 and 8 years old, with a railroad spike. In a 2009 affidavit, Stinney’s sister said she had been with him on the day of the murders and he could not have committed them.
Well, at least we aren’t killing innocent black kids anymore. Oh, right, Mike Brown. America. Hopefully Marky Mark can get his pardon, too.