People who knew Sammy Flippen best...

Have set up this website. The woman who set it up seems to really know him well. She says that she knew him in high school and has continued to visit him over the 12 years that he's been in prison. From what I've seen, even if he committed this crime, Flippen is certainly not the worst of the worst offenders. Our system is broken and this is another example of that. If our state-wide Democratic leaders were really Progressives, issues like those found in Mr. Flippen's would have been solved long ago. Maybe if we had a governor who wasn't a former prosecutor we could get some justice for those on death row.


That Picture

went to the website. I can't believe how sweet they both look. Its hard to imagine that the boy in the picture could hurt a child. I agree that our Governor supports whatever decisions are made by prosecutors in our state, whether right or wrong. Now, because of the Governor’s shortsightedness a man who still has something to add to the world might die in less than a month.


I'll make sure Sammy gets the compliment, too! I appreciate everyone's support!

P.S. He was and is as sweet as he looks!

a good man

My name is Amanda, and I know Sammy very well. He is a good man. I don't believe that he would ever hurt anyone. I feel blessed to know him, and I know I am a better person for having him in my life. I am praying for both Sammy, and his family and friends.

Doug Clark on the Death Penalty and Sammy Flippen

Doug Clark posted today's Greensboro News-Record column to his blog. Here are the first few paragraphs:

Samuel R. Flippen doesn't deserve much sympathy. Convicted of murdering his 2-year-old stepdaughter, he's next in line outside North Carolina’s death chamber. His scheduled execution date is Aug. 18.

What he does deserve -- what every American, convicted killer or not, deserves -- is equal treatment under the law.

When it comes to capital punishment in this country, even in this state, there's no such thing. ...

Last week in Charlotte, David Crespi pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder -- he fatally stabbed his 5-year-old twin daughters -- and was sentenced to life in prison.

Killing two children sends Crespi to prison for life; killing one child puts Flippen on death row. That's the absurdly tilted balance sheet our system of justice delivers.

The whole thing is worth a read. Doug also links to a N-R article called "Woman accused of killing girl won't face death penalty:"

HILLSBOROUGH (AP) — A woman accused of killing her 2-year-old goddaughter by placing her in a bathtub of scalding water will not face the death penalty, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Looks like justice and revenge aren't one in the same.