Sunday, August 13, 2006

O.K., Everyone!!! This is our last week to convince the Governor to grant Clemency for Sammy!!! WE ALL MUST TAKE ACTION!!!! Below is a list of one thing the we all can do each day, even if we have already done it! We need to flood these people with calls and letters each day. I will make one suggestion to combine #4 and #5 to be done on Thursday!!! Friday will be too late! And maybe repeat # 1 on Thursday, too! It can't hurt! Please forward this to as many people as possible and call as many people as possible. Print this e-mail and give it to those who don't have or use computers! KEEP UP THE FAIH and remember Momma D's words...'Be Still and KNOW that I AM God', CLEMENCY! God can do this! Pray for a miracle and that God's Will be done! Thank you all for everything.
Thank you all,


P.S. Don't forget about the Prayer Vigil for Sammy Thursday Night at 9pm outside Central Prison in Raleigh. Please try to be there!

From People of Faith Against the Death Penalty
August 11, 2006

Five Minutes for Five Days:
Take Action on the Death Penalty

You have more power than you think.

Please use your power at this moment—as North Carolina
is about to execute Sammy Flippen on August 18—to
begin dialogues in your community and with those who
maintain our death penalty system.

Take action for just five minutes every day during the
week during your lunch break.

1. Call the Governor Day
Monday, August 14, 2006
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Please contact Gov. Mike Easley.

Tel: 1-800-662-7952 (North Carolina only) or (919)

If you call, simply say you support clemency for
Samuel Flippen; do not discuss the case. They are only
tallying the calls.

Email: or through

Fax: (919) 733-2120 or 715-3175

2. Call Your Legislators Day
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Contact your lawmakers. Chances are they do not know
about this case. To find out who represents you,

Telephone (1) your state representative and (2) your
state senator and ask to meet with them for five
minutes this week. Or, at least, ask if they can share
five minutes with you on the phone to discuss
something urgent. (No matter what, respect your time

Share with them your concerns about how Sammy
Flippen’s case shows the unfairness and
disproportionality of the death penalty. Ask them: Do
you believe a person should be executed if there is
credible, documented evidence that his case is less
severe or similar to other cases where the death
penalty was not imposed, such the cases in Charlotte
and Orange County this week? (See below.) And ask them
to contact the governor for clemency.

No matter what, be friendly and be brief—no more than
five minutes. But let your legislators know that you
would like to continue the conversation later on.
Build relationships with your legislators. Let PFADP
know how your conversations went.


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 goddaughter 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.

For more information on Sammy visit and

(This section is based on information provided by
Samuel Flippen’s legal team.)


3. Contact Your District Attorney Day
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Chances are your district attorney rarely if ever
hears from constituents opposing the death penalty. We
need to change that. Follow the steps you followed
with your legislator.

Build a relationship with your DA. Ask them to support
if not a repeal of the death penalty, then a
moratorium on executions and reforms of the death
penalty system,

Please let PFADP know how your conversations went.

4. Call Your Radio Station Day
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Call during live broadcast hours.

Call up your local talk radio shows—even if you think
your views will be challenged.

For contact information on talk radio stations across
the state, go to our Website.

Be brief and be brave. You might be surprised, if you
call a conservative show, at the level of agreement
with you. Share your concerns about the
disproportionality of Sammy Flippen’s death sentence,
and your other concerns about the death penalty.
Mention your concern for Britnie Hutton and her
family, that this execution will not bring the family
the closure and healing they need. Suggest that either
North Carolina repeal the death penalty or in the
least halt executions to allow for a comprehensive
review and reform of the death penalty system to make
it less unjust and less likely to condemn innocent
people to death.

5. Write Your Newspaper Day
Friday, August 18, 2006

For contact info on many newspapers in North Carolina,

Sample letter if Sammy is killed:

Dear Editor,

Samuel Flippen was executed this morning by the people
of North Carolina.

No one claimed Samuel Flippen was among the worst of
the worst. Ninety-nine percent of murder cases—even
those involving tragic murders of children—are not
death penalty cases. Flippen died because our system
of deciding who’s crime is worst is so prone to get it
wrong. Now another family is grieving. Are we any

It’s time to decide: Either the death penalty is too
immoral or impractical in this day and age and we
abolish it. Or at least we stop executions so that we
can comprehensively reform this system to make it less
unfair and less likely to condemn innocent people.

Sample letter if Sammy if granted clemency:

Dear Editor,

Congratulations to Gov. Mike Easley for his decision
to grant clemency to Samuel Flippen.

If we are going to have a death penalty, then let us
recognize, as Gov. Easley has, that death sentences
must be applied fairly and in proportion to other
crimes. Samuel Flippen does not deserve to die.

Now let’s start asking questions about the problems in
the system that put him on death row in the first

Please Also Remember…

Throughout this time, please pray for Sammy Flippen
and for his mother and father and all of his family
and friends who love him. Pray for Britnie Hutton and
her family and for all victims of violence.


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