Monday, December 05, 2005
TOOKIE Redemption or Retribution
TOOKIE Redemption or Retribution
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Judge William R. Pounders has set Dec. 13 as the execution date for Stanley "Tookie" Williams. Williams the former head of LA's notorious Crips gang, is set to die by lethal injection at California's San Quentin Prison . The only person standing in the way of his imminent death is Arnold "the Terminator" Schwarzenegger - celebrity governor of California. The governor has agreed to a private parole hearing scheduled for December 8, 2005.
The flow of information on both banks of the political river is rapid and sometimes very treacherous to navigate. If you do nothing else I would strongly advise that you take the time to read the briefs that I link to below. At least with that you will not fall victim to half digested sound bites. Further down I have linked some articles both pro and con for you to read this week as we move to Schwarzenegger's clemency decision.
Clemency case for and against please see below for details:
Stanley Tookie Williams' Clemency Petition
LA County District Attorney's response to
Stanley Williams' petition for Executive Clemency
The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor of California
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
This all started when I got an email a few weeks ago about Stan "Tookie" Williams, the founder of the CRIPS, asking me to sign the on line petition. It caused me to do quite a bit of soul searching. At issue minimally, the death penalty for four murders that Williams claims he is innocent of. In addition to the murder case however a set of assunptions that trail the former head of a violent street gang culpability for thousands of violent crimes - including murder .
In the intervening years from the original murder convictions, Stan Willliams claims that he has been transformed by a redemptive process and has atoned for his sins. To this point he has written 10 books for youth on the futility of a gang lifestyle. e has alos developed a protocol to enable gangs to develop a truces. In the time since I first recieved the email and now I have been reading listening and watching the news trying to understand this complex issue. The choice that we as a society must now make is layered and complex. Despite the pundits easy to swallow words - this is no ordinary case. There is real irony here a man charged with murders he claims to have not committed and a gang leader who in his time fathered one of the most lethal gangs in history. What of the vitims of the original crime - what justice do they receive?
I’d be interested in what you think about the death penalty in general and this case in particular. Use your name first/last both or an alias. I’d also be interested in publishing a couple of paragraphs of yours if you feel like you really have something you want to say. It is simple post your comments below.
The main support sites:
Stan Tookie Williams
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story
Movie Starring Jamie Foxx
Articles & Op-Ed:
Mother Jones News
Tookie Williams: Showing His True Colors
Stanley "Tookie" Williams, Co-Founder of the Crips, Faces Execution In December
Look at the discussion thread below article
L.A. Officers Urge 'No Mercy' for Tookie Williams
Why a “Tookie” Williams?
The Christian Science Monitor's View
Let 'Tookie' live for the good he's doing
Had Tookie Been A Klansman
The Fight to Save Stanley Tookie Williams
Independent Woman's Forum
Justice for Tookie Williams!
Justice For Tookie
A Conversation with Death Row Prisoner Stanley Tookie Williams from his San Quentin Cell
Remembering Bush's worst public moment.
San Francisco Chronicle
MEASURE OF A MAN’S LIFE
Questions of redemption, atonement and clemency swirl as Stanley Tookie Williams’ execution date approaches
The many facets of Tookie Williams
THE TOOKIE FILES
Mercy for Tookie Williams
Why 'Tookie' Williams deserves clemency
Pacific News Service
Tookie Williams Case Dominates Black Press
Human Events Online
Don't Grant 'Tookie' Clemency
MSNBC Scarbourough County
Debating the defense of 'Tookie' Williams
Actor Farrell and talk show host Sliwa discuss fate of Crips founder
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