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14 Days in May - This documentary is about a black american citizen accused of killing a white police officer and raping a white woman.

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GCSE English Coursework 14 Days in May This documentary is about a black american citizen accused of killing a white police officer and raping a white woman. The documentary is set in America. The prisoners name is Edward Earl Johnson, a religious man with a big family. He had spent eight years in prison on death row convicted of the crimes mentioned above. He was said to have shot the white police officer five times, and raped a white woman. Life in the prison didn't look bad for the prisoner. He was treated equally among all the other prisoners, regardless of colour, and all the prisoners were treated the same. The atmosphere in the prison was good, and calm. No-one was rude to anyone else, and no-one did anything bad or anything they were not supposed to. The prison staff had mixed feelings toward whether he was innocent or not. Some believed he was innocent, but others didn't. The people who believed he wasn't innocent may have believed it for different reasons, but I think one of the main reasons for this was prejudice. ...read more.


The last people to spend time with the prisoner were his family. They comforted him, even though it looked like he didn't need comforting and was ready to face up to his execution. His family watched as he entered the gas chamber, and then the gas was turned on. It took Edward Earl Johnson twelve minutes to die in the gas chamber. After the execution in the prisoners lawyers final statement he said "It's a sick world." By this he meant that a man had died for a cause that was not even properly confirmed. There is nothing to be gained by the killing of a human being for something which they have done. Even if a very bad crime was commited, then that is still not that much of a good reason for capital punishment, although the severity of the crime would be a key factor to whether the defendant in question would be capitally punished. In the end of the documentary some very crucial information was given. ...read more.


If she had been listened to the prisoner would had a much better chance of release, and would not have been capitally punished. This documentary made me feel angry in a way because an innocent man had been put to death for something which he had not done. It also made me think that there are some things wrong with the justice system, and it is not always right. Mistakes are made. In the film I found the fact that the prisoner was so calm. He knew he was going to be put to death for something which he had not, and yet he was still calm, and not angry or frustrated or annoyed. This documentary has influenced my opinions on the issue of capital punishment. A man was killed for something which he had not done. In my eyes this is very wrong. Capital punishment is a very extreme method of punishment. It should only be used when absolutely necessary, as human life is precious. This documentaruy has made me think that capital punishment should not be used as a form of punishment. By Rajeet Bhumber ...read more.

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