FREE JOSH

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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.

Josh 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.

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, Josh hasn't a clue what happened that day. He deeply regrets these events and is so terribly remorseful. How would you feel if your child/grandchild/friend/niece/nephew/cousin etc of just 14 years of age was taken away from you to be given a life in prison sentence when he/she wasn't mature enough to vote, drink alcohol or buy cigarettes? 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, means 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 turned 21 on March 17th 2005. He deserves fair treatment.

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.

601 Signatures

  • Guadalupe O
    • Comments
    • I really hope that they free Josh soon.
    • Address, Country
    • 6838 Fauna Houston Tx 77061 U.S.
  • Kate
    • Address, Country
    • Sanford, FL
  • anne
    • Comments
    • im on here cause you the people should know josh was watching horrific sadistic stuff on his computer before he murdered he stole from this family he brutally murdered this innocent little girl not once but three times he had three chances to save her life but he decided not to . he had so many incents in his room that his one neglectful mother did not notice something was wrong for a week. he slept on that bed over maddie so stop with this pettion he deserves to be in prison for life he should be put to death
  • Kim C
  • Josh
    • Comments
    • Prayers R with Josh
  • Audrey E
    • Comments
    • FREE JOSH
  • Katie
    • Comments
    • He should NOT have been tried as an adult!
    • Address, Country
    • Sanford, Fl
  • Kelly
    • Comments
    • Achild is NEVER an adult. Free Josh
    • Address, Country
    • Australia
  • Alex W
    • Comments
    • It's too bad that he wasn't 16 at the time because then he could have been sentenced to death. Rot in prison!
  • Cindy
    • Comments
    • Here in Australia our justice system is quite different, if josh was here he would never be named by the media, AT ALL. do you not feel that even if/when he is released from prison the quality of life he will live will be severely 'damaged' because he will always be known as a murderer?!? i don't believe he should spend the rest of his life in prison, but we have to wonder what will happen to the boy if he does come back in to the community?
    • Address, Country
    • Melbourne, Australia
  • Joe_
    • Comments
    • You all are forgetting how he stuffed Maddie under his waterbed and how she began to rot before they found her. Let Josh rot-IN PRISON!
  • Ana Maria C
    • Comments
    • The life of Maddie was taken away but she's not with us anymore. Now why throw another young life to waste. Josh should be given a chance and be freed already.
    • Address, Country
    • Houston Tx
  • Bradley M
  • Laura F
    • Comments
    • Give this young man a chance
    • Address, Country
    • Biloxi, MS
  • Ron R
    • Comments
    • Josh deserves a 2nd chance in life. keeping him behind bars will not bring Mattie back. Yea Josh murdered her, but he is not a killer. he was too innocent to know whats really real.
  • Guillermo L
    • Comments
    • Keep your head up
    • Address, Country
    • united states
  • CIERRA C
    • Comments
    • I REALLY DO THINK THAT JOSH SHOULD HAVE A CHANCE BECAUSE IM ONLY 12 AND I DONT NOBODY HAVE TO SUFFER LIKE THAT AGAIN ABOUT THEIR CHILD
    • Address, Country
    • 16832 MICHGAN
  • Brian D
    • Comments
    • Give Josh a second chance!!
  • tarryn k
    • Address, Country
    • melbourne,australia
  • Gordon
    • Address, Country
    • Tampa Florida
  • martin
  • fredrick van h
  • Victoria R
    • Address, Country
    • St. Catharines Canada
  • Chris
    • Comments
    • I've been researching this case, and my questions are why did the judge throw out the brain scan, why were no witnesses called, why was this considered a first degree murder, when the DA himself said it should be a second degree case? It sounds to me like this was not a fair trail, and that he needs to be retrialed now that this case has had time to simmer. Josh, what you did was wrong, but you were also treated wrongly. Keep your head up.
  • ALG
    • Comments
    • He should rot in jail. He knew what he was doing, hiding the body shows he knew what he was doing was wrong. I have zero sympathy for him. My heart goes out to the poor little girl and her family. Think about them.
  • Missy
    • Comments
    • Luv ya Josh! Hope your dreams come true!!
    • Address, Country
    • Ashland, Ky
  • Steven H
    • Comments
    • He deserves another trial.
    • Address, Country
    • 1715 Hodges Blvd. #223
    • URL
    • Jacksonville, Florida
  • C
    • Comments
    • He should be given another chance. He needs counseling and a chance to live his life over again.
  • Melissa J
    • Comments
    • Children should NOT be tried as adults.
    • Address, Country
    • Orlando, FL
  • Amber
  • Raymond Scott B
  • Amanda B
    • Address, Country
    • Hillsborough County FL
  • julia
    • Comments
    • NO ONE DESERVES TO BE LOCKED UP FOR THEIR WHOLE LIFE. FREE JOSH
    • Address, Country
    • australia
  • danny
    • Comments
    • free josh NOW
    • Address, Country
    • boston
  • frankie
  • pearl
    • Comments
    • give him a chance. keeping him in prison will only do more harm than good. he was a child, and maybe the brain lobel was the problem. it seems ridiculous to give him life. im so sorry for the little girl, but i think he should be relased to his mother with provisions
    • Address, Country
    • new jersey
  • Tom D
  • Georgia C
    • Comments
    • Josh does not deserve to have his whole life taken away, In my oppinion he was too young to be commited for his whole life
    • Address, Country
    • Canberra, Australia
  • Carolyn
    • Comments
    • I think he should have a second chance. Everyone makes mistakes. Especially young teenagers.
  • Joshua S
    • Comments
    • It is a travesty to lock up little kids.
    • Address, Country
    • 1902 Junction Ave; El Cerrito, CA 94530
  • Ovoilette E. H
    • Address, Country
    • Fleming Island, FL
  • Grace S
    • Comments
    • I don't feel this child should be given a life sentence, he did wrong, but he is very remorseful, i believe he feels extreme guilt, give him a chance, FREE JOSH NOW...!!!
    • Address, Country
    • California
  • KIRK D
  • Wendy J
  • George C
    • Comments
    • I had great displeasure meeting Joshua after his trial and conviction. Seeing him made me rethink a lot of my opinions. To this day I remember seeing him in those blues. At that moment I knew our justice system was broke. Josh should not be in prison. He should have served time as a juvenile and received intense therapy so he could rejoin society. He was a good kid that made a very bad decsion. I truley belive he should be at home right now.
    • Address, Country
    • Brevard County
  • DannyC
    • Comments
    • Any 13yo kid dumb enough to leave a decomposing body under is own bed for days is not competent enough to be tried and punished as an adult. Yes he should serve time for what he did, but I think he should be released in a few years.
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  • Mary M
    • Address, Country
    • Caty, NC
  • Steven W
    • Comments
    • I understang that this was a bad crime, But I feel that the sentence was to harsh for the age of the defendant. Please let this young man have a chance for a life.
    • Address, Country
    • Jacksonville, Florida. 32277
  • Timothy C
    • Comments
    • I went to school with Josh and knew him pretty good he was not a person that could commit these crimes!!!