As a native South Carolinian, I have known about the Stinney case for years and it always saddened me greatly that my home state had the infamous record of executing the youngest person in United States history, and on top of that, the young man was innocent. It was just a horrible thing and such an utter travesty of justice. The more I have researched it, the more depressing it gets. Not only was Stinney coerced into confessing to a crime he didn't committ, lots of people even then did not believe he did it. Even the Pope at the time beseeched the governor of South Carolina to grant clemency and not execute this boy, but it was all to no avail. Even though this decision is 70 years too late, at least Stinney's name has been cleared.