I've been reading this book called Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and this story has been weighing heavy on me. The picture above is George Stinney he was a 14 year old boy who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1944 in his home town of Alcolu, South Carolina.
Stinney was convicted in less than 10 minutes, during a one-day trial, by an all-white jury of the first-degree murder of two white girls. After being arrested, Stinney was said to have confessed to the crime.There was no written record of his confession apart from notes provided by an investigating deputy, and no transcript was recorded of the brief trial. He was denied appeal and executed by electric chair. "When George was executed, he was so small he had to sit on the Bible he’d carried with him in order to reach the electrodes. Years later, an affluent local white man confessed to the murder." (Stevenson)
It wasn't until 2005 when the decision called Roper v. Simmons, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the execution of people who were under 18 at the time of their crimes violates the federal constitutional guarantee against cruel and unusual punishments.
This made me livid. Have you heard about this young man? If you haven't asked yourself why haven't you?
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