Grant Clemency Petition for Janet Danahey
  • Petitioned Governor of North Carolina, Beverly Perdue

This petition was delivered to:

Governor of North Carolina, Beverly Perdue
North Carolina Governor

Grant Clemency Petition for Janet Danahey

    1. John Lawson
    2. Petition by

      John Lawson

      Chapel Hill, NC

Janet Danahey is one of the kindest, warmest, most wonderful people I have ever known. She was very influential on myself and many others in our high school years. This is a person whose life will affect tens of thousands of people for the better.

She made a horrible mistake then took responsibility for it. The result was a life sentence with no chance of parole.

Janet paid for the crime with ten years in prison. She deserves to contribute to society again from the outside.

Here are some links: (I apologize in advance for any offensive commentary, but it's a controversial issue related to the Felony Murder Rule in NC)’s-fatal-taint-the-felony-murder-rule-and-its-discontents/

There are few times in one's life when they are allowed the opportunity to speak up for someone who was simply trying to take responsbility and do the right thing.

Had the circumstances been weighed in front of a jury, the outcome would likely be far different.

Janet Danahey deserves a grant of clemency.

Recent signatures


    1. Many Thanks!

      John Lawson
      Petition Organizer

      I am doing two things here:
      1) I am printing the petition at 762 and sending what I have into the Executive Clemency Office in NC.
      2) I am going to leave the petition up a bit longer to see how many signatures it gets on its own life.

      Many thanks to all of you!

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Greensboro Letter to Editor from the Greensboro News and Record

      John Lawson
      Petition Organizer

      This is a brief article that mostly sums up where I am coming from with the petition.

      Thanks so much for your support. Please share and point folks this way. Have a great week!

    4. A few changes and notes.

      John Lawson
      Petition Organizer

      Hi there:

      The community support portion at North Carolina's Office of Executive Clemency will end on roughly August 12th, 2012. I am adjusting the end date of the petition accordingly so that I can vet the signatures and weed out the folks slipping past's security precautions with negative comments.

      There are a few I am removing tonight. This has attracted folks from the perspective of having a negative take on what is being done and the pranksters. I've held out most of it and will continue to do so, but no one is perfect.

      Thanks so much for all of the support and even the debate. Debate is one of the most important aspects of communication.

      I have also let the signatures go back to 1000. We have several weeks to reach that goal and we are a quarter of the way there.

      A final note about all of this; I've provided some links to give some basic facts on this case, but I would ask is that the sensitivity of both sides of this be respected in comments.


    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Thanks for your support!

      John Lawson
      Petition Organizer

      I would like to thank everyone who has signed and encourage the petition be shared.

      The only thing I would like to add is that there are a lot of trolls on the internet who latch on to things like this. They will sometimes take an opposing opinion for the sake of getting a response. Please don't post anonymously here or on the links and be negative. It sort of defeats the purpose. I do not apply that to the sensitive and spirited debate that relates back to this petition.

      Lastly, I'd like to point out that my personal view of this does not seek to interrupt the closure of the victims' families in this case. My point with the support of her attorney's move for clemency and my message to the State of North Carolina is about Janet and about the punishment fitting the crime.

      You can find dozens of local examples of accidents caused by people's actions, both intentional and unintentional, resulting in death. The sentence of LWOP (Life in prison Without Parole) is not appropriate.

    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. Petition Goal

      John Lawson
      Petition Organizer

      I bumped the petition to 250 people, but will probably stair-step it to 1,000 signatures total.

      Thanks for everything.

    9. Reached 50 signatures
    10. Here's a link to the petition

      John Lawson
      Petition Organizer

      This has the reasons/plea for clemency and updates on what Janet has been doing while incarcerated

    11. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Minnie Lucas Barnes WILSON, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      I worked at NCCIW and got to know Janet. I would be proud to be the mother of a daughter like Janet.

    • Melanie Fargis REIDSVILLE, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      She has done her time. She more than deserves to come home for this accident. I truly believe she will make more of a difference in this world if she her freedom is given back to her. I beg you from the bottom of my heart to let her come home.

    • Michelle Ziegler WILMINGTON, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      She's a beautiful person, inside and out. She deserves a fair trial and to be treated fairly.

    • Daniel Kent JULIAN, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      I feel this was a "high profile case" that was handled by a modern day lynch mob. Yes, it was and is a very tragic event. I feel very sorry for the friends and families of those that were lost. I also feel for the friends and families of Miss Danahey. She stood up to take responsibility for her actions only to be used as a human target.

    • Shaylee Gilstrap EASLEY, SC
      • almost 2 years ago

      She did not intentionally kill these poor people, it was an innocent dispute between a boyfriend that lead to unfortunate lives being ended. She should not lose hers as well!!!! This is a WRONG sentence and I believe she has served enough time for her crime!!


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