The Youngest American Executed Exonerated

In 2014, South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Carmen T. Mullins vacated the conviction and sentence of George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old African American boy executed in 1944, only 80 days after having been accused of the murder of two young white girls in his home community of Alcolu, South Carolina.  Judge Mullins used a writ of coram nobis, a rarely used judicial remedy, finding that the process was so fundamentally flawed by the lack of any defense made on Stinney’s behalf that both the verdict and sentence should be vacated for the sake of judicial integrity. CRRJ filed an amicus brief in this case urging this result.

Read More: “The Youngest American Executed Wasn’t Guilty,” Bustle, December 17, 2014

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