Paperwork Deadline Met in George Stinney, Jr. Case

Clarendon County, SC (WLTX) -- A court hearing took place in a case for George Stinney, Jr. in January.

Stinney., who was black, was executed in 1944 at the age of 14 after being convicted of murdering two young white girls in the small Clarendon County Town of Alcolu.

Family members, though, question evidence in the case and want his named cleared.

Attorney's from both sides met a paperwork filing deadline Friday, and the case may now be closer to a decision, and Judge Carmen Mullen will now be reading through dozens of pages of legal arguments in this case.

Mullen has received documents from the office of Third Circuit Solictor "Chip" Finney, and a rebuttal of arguments made by Finney from Stinney, Jr.'s attorney's at the Manning, S.C. law firm of Coffee, Chandle and McKenzie.

Mullen was also sent briefs on behalf of the South Carolina NAACP and from Boston based Northeastern University's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project.

They are all asking that the judge issue a ruling to vacate Stinney', Jr.'s conviction.

Arguments from Stinney Jr.'s attorney's include a request to vacate the "unconstitutional conviction," and say he was denied due process at key points during the original trial.

They have also asked for a pardon from Gov. Nikki Haley in case their request for a vacated conviction is denied, an option that would only be considered if their request is denied.

Finney's office is asking that Stinney Jr.'s guilty verdict be held up, and have cited the 70-years since the guilty verdict was returned as reason for doing so.

There is no timeline for when the judge is expected to make a decision, attorney's said Monday, adding that she could decide to reconvene for more testimony or require more paperwork from the parties in the case.


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