Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Why Sammy Flippen’s Death Sentence Is Unfair

The actions of the prosecutor in Sammy Flippen’s case show that the death penalty is disproportionate. Prior to Mr. Flippen’s retrial, the state offered to permit Mr. Flippen to plead guilty to second degree murder. When Mr. Flippen declined this offer, the state sought the death penalty. Were this case to happen today, it is extremely unlikely that Mr. Flippen would face execution. In 2001, the General Assembly changed the law, giving prosecutors the discretion not to seek the death penalty in a first degree murder case. Since 2001, numerous cases involving tragic murders of children have been declared noncapital and the offenders sentenced to life. Just in the last two weeks, a man in Charlotte pled guilty to stabbing his
two daughters to death. David Crespi was sentenced to life imprisonment. Meanwhile, in Orange County, the prosecutor announced he would not seek the death penalty for Jamie Wilson. Ms. Wilson has been charged with the first degree murder of her daughter who died of injuries suffered when she was placed in scalding hot bathwater.

The governor has the power to ensure that the death penalty is applied evenhandly and not in a haphazard and arbitrary fashion. By commuting Sam Flippen’s death sentence to life imprisonment, the governor can help restore public confidence in the fairness of our justice system. Your legislators must also decide how they are going to deal with this deeply flawed system.
To whom it may concern:
I am praying so very hard that Governor Easley will change his mind. I do not feel in my heart that this man deserves death. I know it was a great tragedy, as I have been keeping a close eye with WXII to see what develops. I do support the death penalty, and this is the first time that I have felt led to say anything. I have contacted the Governor, and I pray he will listen to what God has to say. Please tell Mr. Flippen that someone in Sparta, North Carolina has him on their mind.

I cannot tell you how this matter is affecting my life. I do not know this man personally, but I am praying for him. I have tried to contact Governor Easley to let him know that I would like to see clemency granted. I just feel in my heart that this is the wrong thing to do. My prayers also go out to all of the family members involved, but mainly to Mr. Flippen.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

MY SECOND LETTER TO GOVERNOR EASLEY: LOTS OF ''WHY'' QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED.. (Myra)
Dear Governor Easley
In addition to Michael Earl Green only serving 1 year 8 months and 17 days for the long cruel torturous death of his 5 year old son, Daniel Carlson arrested and charged with capital murder in 2003 in the beating death of his 23 month old step-daughter subsequently ''released'' on bond and 3 years after her death, Andrea Chavarria's tortured life and subsequent death have received no justice through any reported court actions. Where is Daniel Carlson? How long does it take to schedule a trial for killing a toddler in Cumberland County? In Johnston Country last year, a judge sentenced Jessie Ullom to 1 year probation for causing the death of his son by felony child abuse. 1 year probation? Oh yeah, the judge also had him contribute $1,000 towards the child's funeral expenses. Sam Flippen must pay with his life. [Jared Green would be 10 and Andrea would have turned 6 this month and Christian would have been 4.] Can you reasonable explain to me the reasons for these extreme inconsistent punishments for killing a child in North Carolina. Jared was tortured for 31 hours and left taped to a chair in a closet, all alone, to die his slow painful death. Andrea was reported to have been abused most all of her life. Christian Norris was shaken into a vegetable at age 3 months (then the court gave him to his grandmother) - and he died just before his 3rd birthday.
Truly, if you look at the recent ''landmark'' legislation for child sex offenders you will note that it was so watered down it could NOT be called "Jessica's Law" <-- proof that North Carolina does NOT value children. .
Perhaps you think executing Sam Flippen will make you look ''tough'' on child abusers and crime. If you wanted to look tough on child abuse fatalities, perhaps you should not have deleted from your 2003 Budget the only paid position which dealt with child fatalities in North Carolina. Typically, In America, an election demands a show of strength and impressing the masses with a "I'm tough on crime" and "child abuse" image. Well, Mike McInyre ran his campaign on 'NO ONE SHOULD EVER BE TOO BUSY TO HELP A CHILD." He won the election and promptly became 'too busy' to help a child. Roy T. Cooper's annual report doesn't even use the word "child" - all the crimes committed on babies and children are lumped into general categories of "rape" - "murder" - "assault" ...
Lucky for you guys the U S Supreme Court holds no value for children either. The Supremes held that Child Protection Services is not responsible for it's failure to protect a child who was subsequently beaten into a vegetable by his father -- they ruled a child has no 14th Amendment right to due process to protect life; and the 8th Amendment only prevents cruel and unusual punishment for criminals, not kids. In April 2002, the U. S. Supreme Court did overturn the Child Online Pornography Protection Act of 1996 and gave Creators of Virtual Child Pornography unlimited and total First Amendment rights to tape, video, print, and publish all manners of babies and children images in all manners of perverted and beastly sexual acts. Is there no end to enabling and encouraging all manners of abuse and death of babies and children through ineffective, unjust, laws and Supreme Court rulings?
". . . . do what is right and just and fair." -- Proverbs 1:3 and, yes, it does apply on-the-job.
Myra Kinderknecht

Monday, August 14, 2006

Jill, actually last night after reading your last blog entry I wrote my local radio station an email. I wrote it to their morning show and then replied back immediatley this morning and are going to talk about it this morning. Ill get back with you after I hear it and tell you how it went.
Jennifer


Jill, the morning show did great. They read my email on air and they messaged me back on myspace saying they would pray for all of us and our family. All three of the morning show hosts sent me messages on there saying within minutes they had been getting emails asking how to get more information on the case. They even sent me a message that one of their listeners sent them. IT reads:

In regards to the e-mail that you read this mornig, I believe that if there was no sign of previous violence betweeen the dad and teh child, that there is no way that it was premeditated. Accidents happen. I will keep Sammy and his family in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that God helps the Govenor make the correct decision. After all, there are plenty of people who get out of prison when they are the ones that committed the crime.

They said they would continue to send me the messages they got. Im very pleased with how well it went. Keep up the great work on your site. It's very informative. They are giving out your site as one of the information points.
Jennifer


Jill, here is a link to the morning show's hosts. They made a blog for sammy.
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=79981836
They also are sopposed to be sending me the private messages they are getting.
Jennifer

I sent the following to the Governor just now. -- I guarantee you this will come up sooner or later during election time.

Michael Earl Green who with his girlfriend purposefully tortured, abused and beat his 5-year old son -- duct taped to a chair arms, legs, and body. and head. After abuse and forced injection of water, the little boy still duct taped to the chair was placed alone in a library room. Hours later when the girlfirend checked on him, Jared Green had fallen over in the chair. She called the father who said to put him in a closet, gagged, bound, and probably terrified beyond any imagination - Jared was left in closet for 18 hours I think. After 31 hours, the child died.

FOR THIS EGRIGOUS MURDER -- Michael Green was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

A NEW STATE LAW made it possible for him to get out of prison early. 13 years early

He served 1 year 8 months and 17 days for torturing and murder of his 5 year old son.
He was released from prison on a COURT ORDER.

NOW EXPLAIN TO ME IF YOU WILL -- how you can justify freeing one man and killing the other.

SHAME ON NORTH CAROLINA........

I am not up to date on the Flippen case so I don’t know the details YET. But something is wrong -- very wrong --- and I am going to find out what it is.

Child Abuse seems to be more of a pastime than a crime here anyway.

Myra Kinderknecht
Sammy is my cousin and he does not deserve to die. One thing I have learned is our "justice System" DOES NOT work. Inocent people are inprisioned and even killed.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Sammy,
You are right there is a reason for everything- but in your case I just cant find it right now. Unless its to get us closer to God and get us on our Knees more because we have like never before. And yes, your family and friends are here for you and even though slack on writing and visiting you have never been forgotten and we have been praying for you because we do love and believe in you.
Crystal Flippen- (Bryan,Kari,&Beth)
While I can not attend the vigil I want to let you know that I also know Sammy. Sammy went to church with me at Grace Baptist Temple and my mother was his sitter as well as his siblings. Sammy is a few years older than me and he spent more time with my brother. My mother has said all along that she just can not believe that Sammy should be executed. I am a anti-death penalty in all cases but this one really hits close to home. My prayers are with Sammy right now and I can only pray that Gov. Easley grants clemency.

In Liberty, peace and love,
Eric H. S.
Jill

I wanted to comment on the news article in the Independent Weekly. That reporter has done like no other. In print, he raised the question of "What if we are about to execute an innocent man?" This is exactly the type of press this case needs in order to get our message out there that Sammy's case is riddled with injustice! Everyone please visit that article site and post comments if you wish. Make your voice heard. That is a very strong article. We need more articles like that one!

And this comment is for Jill Wilkes: Lady, you are what they call a class act. Regardless of how this all turns out for Sammy, you have done an outstanding job leading this campaign. You have done Sammy, his family, and his friends VERY proud! God bless you!

Friday, August 11, 2006

I wanted to comment on the news article in the Independent Weekly. That reporter has done like no other. In print, he raised the question of "What if we are about to execute an innocent man?" This is exactly the type of press this case needs in order to get our message out there that Sammy's case is riddled with injustice! Everyone please visit that article site and post comments if you wish. Make your voice heard. That is a very strong article. We need more articles like that one!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

SOMETIMES

You take a closer look at who else,but yourself?
You close your eyes and dream you're somewhere else.
You think of others, and what they're doing now,
Then seeing yourself only brings you down.
You feel as if the world is coming down on only you,
But then you look around, there are others here too.
You think to yourself, I'd be better off dead,
Then the love of family and friends chases that from your head.
You face reality not liking what you see.
You think of a million other places you would rather be.
You wish you had the answers in the palm of your hand,
But theres a reason for everything,and this you understand...sometimes.

written by: Sammy Flippen

...wish upon a star

I could wish to be free
could wish to see the sunrise over the coast,
wish to see my family and to sit with them at the table
to have a family of my own
to hold my newborn child
to put my arms around someone I love
to eat drink and be merry
to be this, or to have that.
Oh the wishes I could wish, but I can't see any stars!

written by: Sammy Flippen

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A FIRM BELIEVER IN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT BUT THIS CASE IN ANY DEBATE HAS BEEN THE REASON I CAN NO LONGER STAND BEHIND THAT BELIEF. I HAVE E-MAILED EVERY ONE POSSIBLE ,ESPECIALLY SINCE I SAW WHERE GOV. EASLEY SIGNED THE "INNOCENCE INQUIRY BILL" TO HELP EXONERATE THOSE WRONGLY COVICTED. I KNOW THAT CASES ARE NOT GOING TO BE HEARD UNTIL NOVEMBER BUT WOULDN'T THIS BE A PERFECT FIRST CASE, ALL ANYONE NEEDS IS MORE TIME. I HOPE THE STRONG OUTPOUR FROM HIS FRIENDS, FAMILLY, AND TOTAL STRANGERS THAT ARE OUTRAGED AT THIS INJUSTICE WILL GIVE SAMMY HIS TIME. I WISH NOTHING MORE THAN PEACE FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED!

CHRIS