Fourteen Days in May

2016_05_20 PUB Edward Earl Johonson

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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.


The work to save Edward’s life shown in Fourteen Days in May is the same work that Clive and Reprieve continue to do to this day.

Our lawyers and investigators who work on cases like Edward’s are supported by people from all around the world. Together, we fight for the victims of extreme human rights abuses with a combination of public pressure and legal action.

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Who we defend

Ivan Teleguz – an innocent man on Virginia’s death row

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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