George Stinney, Jr (1929-1944), at age 14, was the youngest person in America to be executed since the 1800s.
The murder trial a month later lasted less than three hours. The courthouse was standing room only, no blacks allowed.
Charles Plowden, Stinney’s court-appointed lawyer was a white tax lawyer. Plowden:
did not ask for a change of venue;did not cross-examine witnesses;did not call any witnesses;did not appeal.
Plowden’s whole defence was that Stinney was too young to be tried as an adult. Wrong: 14 was old enough according to South Carolina law.
The jury of 12 white men took 10 minutes to find Stinney “guilty with no recommendation for mercy”.
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