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George Stinney Jr. was lynched by South Carolina

A judge has vacated the 1944 conviction of George Stinney Jr., in a ruling his trial was marred by “fundamental Constitutional violations of due process.”

In fact, the 14-year-old black boy’s “trial” was a total sham. Stinney was blamed for the murders of two young white girls that probably were committed by a member of a prominent white family, who allegedly made a deathbed confession, according to a historian who has researched the case. Stinney’s family was run out of town before the trial. The trial lasted only 2 1/2 hours, the only “evidence” against him was the testimony of 3 cops who claimed he confessed, which he denied and of which there is no written record, and his defense lawyer was a local politician running for office in a town inflamed against Stinney by racial prejudice, who called no witnesses, conducted no cross-examination, and presented no defense on behalf of his client. A lawyer would get disbarred for that today.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/south-carolina-boy-executed-for-1944-murder-is-exonerated/

Although the judge didn’t explicitly call Stinney’s electrocution a “lynching,” now that he’s legally exonerated, that’s what it was.

In fairness to South Carolina, that state doesn’t strap 4-foot-tall 14-year-old black kids into its electric chair and throw the switch on them anymore. Today, they throw together Boeing airplanes with “right-to-work” labor paid $10 an hour, which are then shipped to Washington State for disassembly and reassembly by union aerospace workers who know what they’re doing. South Carolina is more civilized now.

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George Stinney Jr. in 1944 (Wikipedia)


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