Please understand that in no way am I trying to undermine the severity of Joshua's actions, what he did was heinous. I beg of you to try to understand that whilst ever a 14 year old child is aware of right and wrong, in a situation such as this, it is wrong to think that a child would have the experience and knowledge to look beyond what is unfolding right before them and understand consequence.
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He is not a monster, just a child that acted out of fear.
Joshua Earl Patrick Phillips was only 14 when he was responsible for the death of his 8 year old neighbour, Maddie Clifton, on November 3rd. 1998. Full details of the story can be found at his official website (www.freejosh.com). Josh was charged as an adult with first degree murder and convicted. He was sentenced to LIFE in prison with no possibility of parole.
Joshua was a CHILD at the time of the felony. Unfortunately, at his trial he was badly represented and NO witnesses were called in the defense. Medical evidence of a mental disorder was never shared with the jury.
"Please understand that it is not my intention to minimize or diminish the serious nature of the offense committed by the defendant. The crime was incredibly violent and the emotional pain and anguish of Maddie Clifton’s family is immeasurable by any standard. That being said, I do not believe a civilized society can condone such an irrational sentence imposed on a 14 year old minor child.
As supporters of Josh, we ask that you find compassion in your heart and sign this petition. What Josh did was heinous, yet even now, He deeply regrets these events and is so terribly remorseful.
The major question arises: 'If an 8 year old murdered another human being, would it be right to send him/her to prison for the rest of their lives?'. The fact that they were children at the time of these crimes, according to Florida Law, ment nothing!
Josh deserved to be tried in Juvenile Court. He deserved to have a fair trial. He was never allowed these things. We want Josh to receive a retrial and obtain a sentence appropriate to his age and the medical evidence obtained, never before released in the public domain.
Please help Josh. He's a lovely young man that has has made many achievements despite his situation, including earning his G.E.D, he is now a legal assistant/paralegal striving to help others.
josh has now been isolated from the world for 15 years.
For those that are aware, Josh's case is very similar to the LIONEL TATE case. The boy was RELEASED from prison in 2004 after 3 years in incarceration, following the brutal murder of a 6 year old girl. Lionel was 12 at the time of the killing. So where's the difference in these cases? Many people have suffered, and still do. Josh was a child, just like Lionel. Where's the justice?
For those that don't know, Josh's trial made international headlines. It was one of America's most high profile cases. When his retrial commences, so will the media circus. We want Josh to receive the best representation possible and also many active supporters for him.
Please sign our petition to FREE Joshua Earl Phillips. God Bless You and in anticipation, we thank you SO much for your kindness and compassion.
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