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Judge throws out 70 yr old double murder conviction to advance political cause

In 1944 George Stinney Jr., a 14 year old black male brutally murdered, two white little girls. The victim’s were 7 and 11. A medical examiner testified that he crushed both of their skulls and then raped the older girl after she was dead. He became the youngest person ever executed by a state in US history.

Stinney was known as a local bully who had repeatedly threaten to kill other children. He threatened to murder two other white girls the day before. Shortly after the murders, Stinney’s own grandmother turned him in. His grandmother told police that he had confessed to her before police even interviewed him. Stinney confessed to the murders in front of three police officers.

The original evidence from the trial is all gone. Some of the original records are lost. None of the original witnesses are still alive. Yet, activist Judge Carmen Mullen has declared that the trial was unfair based on the race of the perpetrator. She unilaterally overturned the convicted of the killer.

Mullen held a two day hearing in which the sister of the perp, who was seven years old at the time, testified that her brother was innocent. There was no cross-examination. The sister never testified in the original trial.

The entire purpose of getting the conviction thrown out was to advance the political agenda of the far-left.

Judge Carmen Mullen cited the doctrine of American Cultural Marxism in her ruling. She said a fourteen year old black male would not have been given a fair shake by the white man in 1944. She admits that all the evidence in the case in gone. Most of the witnesses have been dead for decades. She admitted in her ruling that there was no way to re-litigate the trial.

Her ruling is based purely on her political ideology, and not the facts. She stated that it is “highly likely that the defendant was coerced into confessing to the crimes due to the power differential between his position as a 14-year-old black male apprehended by white, uniformed law enforcement in a small segregated mill town in South Carolina.” She is judging the case solely on the race of the perpetrator and not any factual evidence.

Judge Carmen Mullen failed to address the fact that Stinney’s own black grandmother turned him in!

A movie, claiming that the perp was falsely convicted, is already in pre-production. It will star Danny Glover, and

From Post & Courier…

Several who gathered Thursday at the restaurant said they had met Stinney and believe that he committed the crime.

Sadie Duke said she always believed Stinney was guilty because only a day before, he had threatened her and her friend Violet Freeman as they went to a church to collect water.

“He said, ‘If you don’t get away from here and if you ever come back, I will kill you,’” Duke said.

Evelyn Roberson, who was 15 at the time of the crime, said her husband often fought with Stinney as they tended cows near the town. “They called the (Stinney) boy ‘Bully’ because he was so bad to everybody,” she said. “Everybody he met he wanted to fight.”

Roberson said Stinney first confessed to the crime to his grandmother, who called the authorities. “I don’t feel like it’s an open case,” she said. “I think he did it, and he should have gotten punished for it and he did.”

Bob Ridgeway of Manning said he was 13 at the time and remembers his father joining the search party for the girls, and the mill whistle blowing for a long time, signaling that their bodies were found and the search was over. “There was never any question in anybody’s mind to my knowledge that he did it,” he said.

Ridgeway and Ruth Turner said they remember visiting the home to view the girls’ bodies in their caskets.

“Their faces were black and blue, even with the makeup of the undertakers,” Turner said. “Maybe (Stinney) shouldn’t have gotten the electric chair, but he should have been punished.”

From Chicago Tribune…

In her ruling, Judge Carmen Tevis Mullen said she was not overturning the case on its merits, which scant records made nearly impossible to relitigate, but on the failure of the court to grant Stinney a fair trial.

She said few or no defense witnesses testified and that it was “highly likely” that Stinney’s confession to white police officers was coerced.

“From time to time we are called to look back to examine our still-recent history and correct injustice where possible,” she wrote. “I can think of no greater injustice than a violation of one’s constitutional rights, which has been proven to me in this case by a preponderance of the evidence standard.”

The girls disappeared on March 23, 1944, after leaving home in the small mill town of Alcolu on their bicycles to look for wildflowers. They were found the next morning in a ditch, their skulls crushed.

Stinney was taken into custody that day and confessed within hours, according to Mullen’s ruling.

Last year, members of Stinney’s family petitioned for a new trial. His sister, Amie Ruffner, 77, testified in a January hearing that he could not have killed the girls because he had been with her on that day.

Citing the lack of a transcript from the original trial, no surviving physical evidence and only a handful of official documents, Mullen ruled instead to overturn the conviction outright.