Lawyers plan civil suit in ’44 execution of black youth

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Attorneys hope to bring a civil-rights lawsuit in the case of a black teenager electrocuted more than 70 years ago for the killings of two white girls in a segregated South Carolina mill town.

George Stinney was 14 when he was arrested, convicted of murder in a one-day trial and executed in 1944. A state judge in 2014 tossed out the conviction, saying a grave injustice had been done.

Charleston School of Law President Ed Bell said Friday that attorneys assisted by law students will research grounds for bringing a suit on behalf of the Stinney family.

It’s not clear who would be sued, but Bell said depending on the research, the defendant could be the state or Clarendon County, where the trial was held.

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