No Justice in Flippen Execution
Family, friends, community members, and even the father of the victim in this case, believe that although the death penalty may be justified in some cases, Sammy’s sentence should be commuted to life imprisonment because of his character and lack of a violent history. In a system where the death penalty is reserved for the most heinous offenders, Sammy Flippen’s execution would undermine any remaining confidence in the way
Before being sent to death row, Sammy had never been charged or convicted of any crime. He was devoted to his school and church, and was known as an upstanding and contributing member of his community. Sammy was raised in the
Even Britnie’s father does not believe that justice would be served by executing Sammy. He still thinks about his daughter’s death every day. During the trial, he got to know Sammy’s mother and father well. He says he knows how terrible it is to lose a child and does not want Sammy’s parents to suffer in the same way. He has said that the State of
A mental health evaluation has shown that Sammy poses no risk of violence; indeed, Sammy’s risk of violence is not only less than the inmate population, but is less than that of the general population. This is not surprising given that Sammy has no history of substance abuse, mental health disorders, or criminal convictions.
The death of Britnie was a tragic loss, which Sammy continues to mourn. The death, however, was not the type of premeditated murder that calls for the death penalty. This is a case that calls out for clemency.