Capital punishment is being punished in the worst possible way, by being put to death. Capital punishment has been around for many centuries. Although some see it as a deterrent, it has yet to be proven.
With the exception of Turkey and the United States, the whole of NATO do not wish to use this method of punishment upon their criminals. At this moment in time, Iran and South Africa top the list of the legal killers.Although some think that the United States are the worst in dishing out capital punishment to their criminals, they are in a completely different league in comparison with Iran and South Africa. The documentary that we watched, ’14 Days in May’, was attempting to get the viewers against the idea of capital punishment. This documentary was very biased in that sense.
The documentary showed the viewers what it was like from the view point of the convicted felon in an attempt to get the viewers against capital punishment.The documentary, ’14 Days in May’, was based upon the last 14 days in the life of a 28 year old black man called Edward Earl Johnson, hence the name 14 Days in May. He was a convicted murderer. Edward Earl Johnson, 18 years old at time, was accused of assaulting a white woman at her home at Walnut Grove, Mississippi and later killing local town marshal, Jake Trest, who had been passing at the time and had tried to intervene to no great avail.
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d up at his home by a sheriff.As he had been in the neighbourhood at the time of the assault and murder, due to his car breaking down, he was considered to be an easy suspect. He and his grandmother, who had insisted on accompanying them, were then taken to the house of the woman who had been assaulted were the woman said to the sheriff that Edward Earl Johnson was not the man who had assaulted her and therefore not the same man who had shot the local marshal. Mr Johnson was then released.According to Mr Johnson later accounts, he was picked up again two days later by the same sheriff and was told that they were going to take him to the state capital of Jackson for a lie detector test. He then claimed that he was not taken for any lie detector test, but instead to the nearby woods were he and his grandparents were threatened by the sheriff and other officers with violence.
He then stated that immense pressure, he confessed to the crimes. Funnily enough, once Edward Earl Johnson had “confessed”, the woman changed her story and identified Johnson as the man who had attacked her.When Johnson had a change, he denied his confession and said that he was on the verge of being shot, and then when they threatened his grandparents with violence, he confessed to a murder he did not commit. As Mr Johnson came from a poor background, he did not have the best lawyers and was easily convicted to a crime many believe that he did not commit. The
legal system in Mississippi has been proven in this documentary to be one with many moral faults within it. Racism is the one main fault in the legal system.
This documentary exploits this to the full extent. Select all factors that are ways in which you might become the victim of a terrorist attackAt the end of the documentary, there was a paragraph typed onto the screen that explained how a black woman had come forward at the time when Edward Earl Johnson had been arrested and explained to a white law-enforcement officer at the time of the crime, she was with Mr Johnson at a pool hall after his car had broken down. She was just told to go home and mind her own business. The Mississippi legal system has been proved to have racism within its ranks as the white law-enforcement officer told the black woman to go home and mind her own business.It was also proven that a black person, who had been convicted of killing a white person, was 4:3 times as likely to receive the death penalty as a white person who had killed a black person.
Edward Earl Johnson is blatantly being shown as a victim of racism. This might be due to the fact that Mississippi, is vastly populated by the black community and many of them are not as well off as many white people, making them easier to convict due to them not being able to get a good enough lawyer to represent their case.After watching the documentary, I would say that it was very biased towards the facts and the producers obviously only had one goal in mind when producing this documentary and this was to turn the viewers against the idea of capital punishment. They used many arguments to persuade the viewers that capital punishment is wrong during the documentary. When selecting the prisoner for the documentary, we get the impression that they carefully studied all prisoners and decided to go with the one that looked the most innocent and the one that many believed was not guilty.
We come to believe that they have selected this type of prisoner to give the impression to the viewers that the legal system has made a mistake and sentenced an innocent man to death. To the camera, Edward Earl Johnson seemed to be rather calm and a well learnt man. Not until the last three days of Mr Johnson’s life, it dawned on him that his execution was going to take place. When Johnson was shown on the camera with his family, he and his family were putting on a brave face as though things were normal, when they were anything but. They were all singing, chatting and having a laugh as though it was a family get together.
They all did not show any distress in front of the camera, Johnson in particular. Interviews with people who worked at the penitentiary and that had known Edward Earl Johnson for the 8 years in which
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