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Judge Exonerates 14-Year-Old Boy Executed in 1944


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Judge Exonerates 14-Year-Old Boy Executed in 1944

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

A judge on Wednesday vacated the conviction of George Stinney, Jr., who was executed in 1944 at 14 years old, making him the youngest person put to death in the United States in the 20th century.

Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen found "fundamental, Constitutional violations of due process" in Stinney's case, which took place in the segregated mill town of Alcolu, South Carolina, during the Jim Crow era.