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New evidence could clear 14-year-old executed by South Carolina

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posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 07:59 PM
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New evidence could clear 14-year-old executed by South Carolina


www.rawstory.com

Over 67 years after 14-year-old George Junius Stinney Jr. was put to death by the state of South Carolina, he may soon be cleared of the crime that people familiar with the case say he never could have committed.

A lawyer and an activist both told Raw Story recently that new evidence will show that the black boy could not have possibly murdered two white girls, 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and seven-year-old Mary Emma Thames.
(visit the link for the full news article)




posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 07:59 PM
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This whole story is so horrible I don't really have words to describe it. According to the article, the whole trial was a sham, and the final moments...


At five feet one inch and only 95 pounds, the straps of the electric chair did not fit the boy. His feet could not touch the floor. As he was hit with the first 2,400-volt surge of electricity, the mask covering his face slipped off, “revealing his wide-open, tearful eyes and saliva coming from his mouth."



It would be amazing if they provided evidence to prove the boy was not guilty, and at the same time, sickening.

Why does anyone wonder why our judicial system sucks so much now when apparently it has always been this terrible?

www.rawstory.com
(visit the link for the full news article)
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posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 08:09 PM
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killing a "killer" to promote that killing is wrong is wrong
if anything it makes you just as guilty of killing, id call it passive collective murder.
besides , it just gives criminals an easy way out card.

u.s justice system is upside down and inside out as it is ,
you can be sentenced to death or prison as a juvenile or minor for racketeering, drugs, murder and all kinds of crimes but you cant have consentual sex with someone of your same age,

sad story from a nation gone hay wild.



posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 08:11 PM
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edit on (3/10/11) by SLAPurMAMA because: (no reason given)


Sad story! The culprit lived a long life and lived it well I bet! Injustice at its worst!

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posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 08:22 PM
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Originally posted by SLAPurMAMA

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Sad story! The culprit lived a long life and lived it well I bet! Injustice at its worst!

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If they had any sort of conscious, they didn't live well. Apparently there was a death bed confession as well.



posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 08:26 PM
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The death penalty is absolutely barbaric.

Americans, please check out the following Wikipedia link. That's right, you can count yourselves among such stellar nations as China, Iran and North Korea. Until it is abolished in every State, you should know that the rest of the civilized world sees you as a vicious people.

I hope that poor young man came back to a very charmed life the next time around.

en.wikipedia.org...



posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 08:32 PM
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Yet another great example relating to this thread:

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posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 08:33 PM
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Originally posted by roughycannon
Yet another great example relating to this thread:

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Indeed, and a rare thread post by elevatedone...


Second line.



posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 08:35 PM
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Originally posted by v1rtu0s0
This whole story is so horrible I don't really have words to describe it. According to the article, the whole trial was a sham, and the final moments...


At five feet one inch and only 95 pounds, the straps of the electric chair did not fit the boy. His feet could not touch the floor. As he was hit with the first 2,400-volt surge of electricity, the mask covering his face slipped off, “revealing his wide-open, tearful eyes and saliva coming from his mouth."



It would be amazing if they provided evidence to prove the boy was not guilty, and at the same time, sickening.

Why does anyone wonder why our judicial system sucks so much now when apparently it has always been this terrible?

www.rawstory.com
(visit the link for the full news article)
edit on 3-10-2011 by v1rtu0s0 because: (no reason given)


wow wtf how can you put a 14 year old to death wtf is wrong with the world



posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 08:37 PM
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It's eerily similar to the movie The Green Mile:





posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 08:41 PM
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That brought tears to my eyes, I so hope the family gets some justice in this. I can't imagine what they must have gone through. How HORRIBLE



posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 08:53 PM
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Being this occured waaay back in the day.... Back then this sick behavior was accepted (guilty till proven innocent when it dealth with a black person and a white "victim"). Based on the info present, I would say he was wrongly accused and convicted.

Issues like this are ones we should never forget / ignore / bury. This needs to be front and center so we dont forget, and so we dont go back down the same path.



posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 08:56 PM
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I haven't been yelled at for awhile, so let's see what I can accomplish here.

First, I find the death of children to be a very sad thing. I agree that there was racism in the South in 1944. (I'm guessing it was everywhere.)

However, the "new evidence?" The hope is that one witness will provide young Stinney with an alibi by signing a statement. After 67 years?

It may very well be that he was innocent, or maybe he wasn't. In any event, it is not a condemnation of our current system.


Deputy H.S. Newman later described the event for the court: "I was notified that the bodies had been found. I went down to where the bodies were at. I found Mary Emma she was rite at the edge of the ditch with four or five wounds on her head, on the other side of the ditch the Binnicker girl, were laying there with 4 or 5 wounds in her head, the bicycle which the little girls had were side of the little Binnicker girl. By information I received I arrested a boy by the name of George Stinney, he then made a confession and told me where a piece of iron about 15 inches long were, he said he put it in a ditch about 6 feet from the bicycle which was lying in the ditch" (from Deputy Newman's written statement, March 26, 1944). Later that same day, Stinney voluntarily led police to the crime scene, a short distance outside of the town, where the murder weapon, a large railroad spike, at least 14 inches long, was recovered

Immediately, there was grief and outrage in Alcolu. Never before had such a horrendous crime occurred in Clarendon County. Mill workers were especially angered since both girls had relatives who worked at the mill. Passions became further inflamed when details of the crime, supplied by Stinney, became public. The young defendant told police that he killed Mary Ellen because he wanted to have sex with Betty June, the older girl. Angry townspeople and mill workers gathered together in Alcolu and they quickly formed into a mob. On the night of March 26, 1944, a mob of angry whites headed for the Clarendon County jail to administer mob justice. Although, lynching[1] was actually rare in the 1940s, the bitter memories of Southern vigilantism from the 1920s and 30s are a sad part of America's history. But sheriff's deputies wisely escorted Stinney out of the county jail to the City of Columbia in adjoining Sumter County where he was held in a more secure facility for his own safety.


I am simply asking for a slightly more thoughtful response.



posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 10:00 PM
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The posts so far have been very thoughtful. And the death penalty is murder. And vengeance, and therefore a sin.



posted on Oct, 4 2011 @ 12:12 AM
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right...and do you have evidence to suggest there was someone else? Because the link in the op sure doesn't that's for sure.
And in no way am I suggesting it's okay to execute someone for something they didn't do.Let alone a 14 year old child.
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posted on Oct, 4 2011 @ 12:23 AM
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when are you people going to get over your sick thirst for death
two wrongs never make a right
the fact you need to kill to make yourselves feel better says so much

rip little man and all the others like you



posted on Oct, 4 2011 @ 12:42 AM
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I know I'm about to take a lot of # for this.
South Carolina is the south for one, two it was 67 years ago and three, you realise that kid is black don't you?
Racism was stronger then it is now, so if he couldn't even fit in the electric chair what makes you think he could've done the crime?

Besides, if American jails just kept people till they withered away and died. The death penalty is cruel, regardless of race, colour, creed.
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posted on Oct, 4 2011 @ 01:32 AM
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Sorry, I won't go along with the sheeple that think all killing is bad.

Criminals should be put to death if they killed someone. That's justice. Also, if there's no death penalty, there's no fear of a death penalty to keep someone from killing another. I'm surprised we don't have kill teams like we use in war, to hunt down brutal gang members or habitual criminals who not just commit violent crimes, but spread the virus to other future criminals.

It's not civil to the population or family members of victims to see a criminal live a full life. It's just too bad criminals are not allowed to experience the horror that their victims did, but instead pass away comfortably and peaceably.



posted on Oct, 4 2011 @ 02:00 AM
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Well, nothing can be done to bring back the 3 lives lost in this sad case, nor to punish the criminal already dead.

All one could do would be the following:

A.) Push for stronger evidence requirements in death-penalty cases
B.) Well, let's just say, if there is some other murderer walking free right now in the world, which could be proven a murderer but that the courts have failed to punish... figure it out.



posted on Oct, 4 2011 @ 02:34 AM
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Just what we need here in the states, teams of licensed killers, hunting down other teams of alleged killers. Sure.. why not just have a Drone Predator flying around every major city with a couple hellfire missiles and a kill capture list hunting down some unlucky individual.

It'd be one thing if our justice system wasn't already notorious for killing and sentencing to death people who have since been completely exonerated due to DNA. But it is.

The only people that could possibly think that sentencing someone to life with out parole isn't enough, are people who have no idea what it's like to be incarcerated in the United States.



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