Monthly Archives: December 2014

George Stinney ruling, articles

Please read the actual ruling by Judge Carmen Tevis Mullen, Presiding Circuit Court Judge.

The following are links to articles published in South Carolina about the George Stinney case. The list is not exhaustive, and many of the articles ran in more than one publication.

Friends speak well of judge in Stinney case – Charleston Post and Courier, Dec. 25, 2014
Pursuing Justice for All – New York Times/ Charleston Post and Courier, Dec. 21, 2014
George Stinney, 14-year-old convicted of ’44 murder, exonerated – WIS TV (Columbia), 12/17
Reversal of boy’s 70-year-old murder conviction rested on Charleston attorney’s research – Charleston Post and Courier, Dec. 17, 2014
More links: Continue reading

United Nations vote on death penalty moratorium puts US in awkward spot

The United Nations General Assembly is expected on Thursday to vote once again on a draft resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty, with the United States likely to become even more isolated in its support for capital punishment.

The resolution was first adopted by the General Assembly in 2007; this is the 5th time member states will vote. On Nov. 21, 114 of the 193 U.N. member states voted “yes” on the draft resolution at a session of the Third Committee, which is responsible for social, humanitarian and cultural issues. 36 countries opposed the resolution.

The U.S. has repeatedly lodged “no” votes alongside countries with troubling human rights records – including China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, the top 4 executing countries in 2013. The United States ranked 5th.      Continue reading: Al Jazeera

Family of George Junius Stinney Jr. still waiting to clear his name

Stinney, who was black, was charged, tried, convicted and executed in 83 days. He was sentenced to die by an all-white, all-male jury. A forensic psychiatrist called Stinney’s statement ‘a coerced, compliant, false confession.’
Continue reading at the New York Daily News  

Related articles published here in the past:
Memorial Unveiled for 14-Year-Old Executed in South Carolina
Seeking Justice for George Stinney

Death sentence overturned; mentally disabled Greenville County man given three life sentences

Fredrick Antonio Evins will spend the rest of his life in prison after he admitted Thursday to killing and raping Rhonda Ward Goodwin and Damaris Huff and raping an 83-year-old Greenville woman in separate incidents.

Circuit Court Judge Roger Couch sentenced Evins to three life sentences and 120 additional years in prison, tacked on to the 35 years he was already serving.

Evins, 46, was in Couch’s courtroom Thursday morning for re-sentencing after another judge overturned his death penalty sentence in the Goodwin case. Evins’s attorneys successfully argued in June that Evins was mentally disabled, having a low IQ.    Continue reading: The State