US: Last woman convicted in Salem witch trials exonerated (via Irish Legal News)

The last person convicted of practising witchcraft has been exonerated – 329 years later.

Elizabeth Johnson Jr’s name was cleared following the efforts of a primary school teacher and her pupils.

Ms Johnson was sentenced to death in 1693 but was granted a reprieve and avoided execution. The exoneration was included in a $53 billion state budget and was the culmination of a lobbying effort by teacher Carrie LaPierre and a state senator.

Ms LaPierre said she was “excited and relieved”. She added: “We called her E.J.J., all the kids and I. She just became one of our world, in a sense.”

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