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  

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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

Death Row Inmates and the Lawyers Who Fail Them

Yesterday, the new journalism site, The Marshall Project, along with the Washington Post, released a 2-part investigative report looking into 80 cases of capital offenses and shining a light on the issue of incompetent, unqualified, and untrained lawyers failing to submit Federal habeas appeals prior to the deadline and to the detriment of their clients. A nonprofit journalism organization focused on investigating the criminal justice system, the Marshall Project officially launched its website this past weekend, with Bill Keller, previously the executive editor at the New York Times, at the helm.                                                                                                                                Read more at the Nonprofit Quarterly

Eric Holder Shares His Feelings On The Death Penalty

This interview with Holder was reported for The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that just launched.

Excerpt: “I disagree very much with Justice Scalia’s certitude that we have never put to death an innocent person. It’s one of the reasons why I personally am opposed to the death penalty. We have the greatest judicial system in the world, but at the end of the day it’s made up of men and women making decisions, tough decisions. Men and women who are dedicated, but dedicated men and women can make mistakes.”                                                  Read the complete interview at the Huffington Post (This statement is near the end.)

New Development in Shane Willams Murder

PICKENS, S.C. — A Pickens County woman pleaded guilty to arranging for a friend to kill her husband to avoid a possible death sentence.

Local media outlets report that 35-year-old Crystal Williams pleaded guilty Friday to murder and conspiracy in the Jan. 26 death of 38-year-old Shane Williams. She was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

After the hearing, Solicitor Walt Wilkins announced he will seek the death penalty against 36-year-old Marcus Johnson of Easley, who rejected the same plea deal.Read more at The State

Potential Death Penalty Case

Prosecutors have not yet said if they will seek the death penalty against Timothy Jones Jr. – the Red Bank father accused killing his 5 children in August – but his defense attorneys are expecting it. Jones’ attorneys, Rob Madsen and Boyd Young, are preparing for the possibility of a death penalty case in a series of requests made to Circuit Judge Thomas Russo.    Continue reading at