George Stinney Jr: Black 14-year-old boy exonerated 70 years after he was executed

George Stinney Jr
George Stinney Jr

source: The Independent
published: 19 December 2014

George Stinney Jr became the youngest person to be executed in the US in the 20th century when he was sent to the electric chair in 1944, but more than 70 years after his death his conviction has been overturned.

Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen said the speed with which the state meted out justice against the boy was shocking and extremely unfair, and that his case was one of “great injustice” in her ruling exonerating Stinney Jr.

The 14-year-old black boy was sentenced to death for the murder of two white girls in a segregated mill town in South Carolina, in a trial that lasted less than three hours and reportedly bore no evidence and barely any witness testimonies.

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On the 4th anniversary of Aiyana Jones killing by Detroit police; grief in store for family

Aiyana Stanley-Jonessource: Voice of Detroit 
published: 13 May 2014

As the fourth anniversary of the brutal slaying of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, 7, by the Detroit police approaches May 16, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy may be planning to bring yet more unfathomable grief to her family.

An inside source has reported that perjury charges against Aiyana’s family members who testified during hearings related to the case are imminent.

Aiyana’s father Charles Jones was sentenced April 18 to 40-60 years in the killing of Je’Rean Blake, 17, for allegedly giving the shooter the gun involved. Contradictorily, he was acquitted of any weapons charges. He said during his sentencing that he was innocent.

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Birmingham pub bombings: Relatives slam police decision not to launch new inquiry into 1974 attack

Birmingham pub bombings - credit
Birmingham pub bombings – credit

source: Mirror Online
published: 9 April 2014

A police decision not to have a new inquiry into the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings has been slammed by relatives of one victim as it was revealed 35 pieces of evidence had been binned.

Julie Hambleton and her brother Brian, who lost their 18-year-old sister Maxine in the November 21 blasts, were given the news at a meeting with West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims.

Speaking afterwards, Julie said she felt let down “in the most diabolical manner”. She added: “I am ashamed to be British today.”

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