Fourteen Days in May
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Fourteen Days in May tells the true story of the countdown to Edward Earl Johnson’s execution.
Edward was a young African-American who was put to death in the gas chamber of Mississippi’s State Penitentiary on 20th May 1987, despite evidence that he’d been forced to confess to a murder he didn’t commit.
Clive Stafford Smith, Reprieve’s Founder and Director, represented Edward in his final appeals and fought to save his live right up until the moment of his execution.
Everyone’s been very calm and collected about this. Well let me tell you, I’m not calm and I’m not collected.
Clive Stafford Smith, in Fourteen Days in May
The anniversary of Edward’s execution is a timely reminder of what we’re still up against, but together we can make sure that people like him always have someone to stand up for them.
Who we defend
Ivan Teleguz – an innocent man on Virginia’s death row
Ivan is sitting on Virginia’s death row for a crime he did not commit. The man who eventually confessed is now serving a life sentence for the murder of Ivan’s former girlfriend, but still Virginia plans to execute Ivan. Two of the prosecution witnesses have admitted that they lied in court – and sworn under oath that Ivan was not involved. It has also been revealed that the prosecutor used the story of a murder that never happened to scare the jury into handing down a death sentence.
Andy Tsege – British democracy campaigner sentenced to death in Ethiopia