Little Known Black History Fact: George Junius Stinney, Jr.

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The confession of George Stinney, Jr. was never recorded in police files. There were even rumors that he was offered ice cream by the police if he cooperated with the confession. He was given a court-appointed tax commissioner as a defense lawyer. There were no witnesses called to the stand. Currently there is no transcript of the trial details and blacks were not allowed inside the courtroom.

Despite a forced confession and a 10-minute jury decision, George Stinney Jr. was sentenced to the electric chair in 83 days. The prosecution was not allowed a retrial. Now, 69 years later, the Stinney family hopes for a new chance. They want the case re-tried to exonerate their wrongly-convicted relative.

There is currently a docudrama in production about Stinney’s story entitled, “83 Days: the Murder of George Stinney Jr.”, directed by Charles Burnett and written by Ray Lenard Brown.

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  2. This whole story doesn’t make sense, at 12 he wanted to have sex so ended up killing both? when he hit one young girl did the other just stand and watch? And no evidence to retry the case, they never stated there was enough evidence to even prosecute and try him. Very sad that his parents didn’t stay to support him but in those days, blacks really didn’t stand a chance.

  3. What is the reason for the retrial. I did not see anything saying he did not do it. Based upon the attitude and actions of our young black males today, the likelihood he was guilty is very high.

  4. I will make sure not to watch the white wash. So what good will it do now.?
    Clearing his name is good but watching some whitewash ” oh we so sorry now ” media white wash is %%$$. So those who need to sit up and be mentally contained watching more media grandstanding have fun okay

  5. The George J. Stinney, Jr. story is why African-Americans should automatically go to heaven, ‘What more can a man give than his life?’ WE have suffered MORE than Jesus.

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