George Stinney Jr. exonerated, 70 years late



Here's a reminder that white folks have been targeting young black men for a really, really long time.

In 1944, George Stinney Jr., 14 years old and black, was convicted of and subsequently executed by electric chair for killing two white girls. Not surprisingly, the jury was all-white. Today, a South Carolina judge threw out that conviction, saying "a violation of the Defendant's procedural due process tainted his prosecution."

WLTX reports: "During the trial, psychologist Dr. Amanda Salas, a defense witness, said Stinney likely confessed because of the power differential between his position as a 14-year-old black male being questioned by white, uniformed law enforcement in a small segregated town."

The case was reopened earlier this year by his family in an effort to clear the teen's name.

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