The Youngest American Executed Wasn’t Guilty

There was absolutely no evidence against George Stinney, whose parents were forced out of town shortly after his arrest, leaving the 14-year-old with little support during his trial. According to accounts, there was a confession from Stinney, which many believe was made under coercion from authorities. Three months after he was arrested for the murders, the jury reportedly deliberated for just 10 minutes before handing down the guilty verdict. But on Wednesday morning, 70 years later, Judge Carmen Mullins of the South Carolina Circuit Court exonerated Stinney, finally clearing the teenager’s name.

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