MANNING, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina judge now has a final record as attorneys seek a new trial for a black 14-year-old electrocuted 70 years ago for killing two white girls.
Judge Carmen Mullen held a two-day hearing last month. On Monday, final briefs were filed in the case of George Stinney who was electrocuted following a 1944 trial in Clarendon County.
In documents filed after last month's hearing, Solicitor Ernest "Chip" Finney III said Stinney's attorneys failed to prove his due process rights were violated and there was no reason for waiting 70 years to bring the case.
In a response brief, attorney Miller Shealy argues an illegal confession was used to convict Stinney - violating due process - and the main facts about the injustice were developed only a decade ago.