“14 Days in May” has been set in the state of Mississippi in 1979. It is about the story of Edward Earl Johnson (EEJ) who is a black male charged with the shooting dead of a police Marshall and the attempted rape of a 60 year old woman. Now EEJ had spent the last 8 years on death row appealing the case and is to be executed in Fourteen days time from now onwards. To fight EEJ’s lawyer Clive Stafford Smith has stood up for him. Stafford Smith has also won stays of executions in over 200 cases and has lost only 4 of those cases. This documentary exhibits the last two weeks of EEJ’s life, and its focal point is on the affects this has on the staff of the penitentiary and other death-row inmates.
On the other hand the death penalty is widely used in the Southern States of America like: Texas, Alabama and Mississippi because of the issue of racial disparity; which is that recent findings indicate that there is unfair application of Capital Punishment in the United States, when examined in terms of race. These racial disparities include the two mentioned below:
By Race of those Sentenced: in September 2000, the Justice Department reported that African Americans, Hispanics and other minorities were considered for the federal death penalty more often than whites. The incidents of minority federal capital defendant account for 74 percent of such cases since 1995. So the statistics already back up from the very start the Director’s argument that there is a flaw in the Justice system.
By Race of the Victim: According to the ALUC, a study of Georgia’s executions found that,
“Over 60 % of murder victims since 1972 have been African American, but 20 out 0f 22 people executed during that period had murdered white victims. Georgia prosecutors seek the death penalty in 70 % of cases involving crime committed by blacks against other racial combinations. “A Stanford Law Review study found similar disparities based on the race of the victim in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Virginia.