Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr., right, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses a crowd of death penalty protesters Monday, Oct. 24, 2005, in Los Angeles. A judge signed a death warrant Monday for convicted killer and Crips co-founder Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams, rejecting his attorneys’ request for a nine-day delay in his execution date.
The ASSociated Press has Death Warrant Signed for Crips Co-Founder.
A judge signed a death warrant Monday for Stanley “Tookie” Williams, co-founder of the notorious Crips gang, rejecting his attorneys’ request for a delay in the execution date to give them more time to seek clemency from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Williams is scheduled to die Dec. 13 at San Quentin prison. He maintains he is innocent, and supporters cite his renunciation of his past and his efforts to curtail gang violence, including a series of children’s books he co-wrote in prison.
His lawyers had asked that the execution date be set for Dec. 22, a nine-day delay. The Dec. 13 date means they have only until Nov. 8 to submit a clemency request to the governor. The
U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider Williams’ case earlier this month.
“This case has taken over 24 years to get to this point,” Superior Court Judge William R. Pounders said. “That is a long delay in itself and I would hate to add to that delay.”
The California legal system is a disgrace.
Williams, 53, was sentenced to death in 1981 for fatally shooting Albert Owens, a Whittier convenience store worker, in 1979. He also was convicted of killing two Los Angeles motel owners and their daughter during a robbery that same year.
The U.S. Supreme Court turned aside his case earlier this month.
Williams and a high school friend started the Crips street gang in Los Angeles in 1971.
Supporters have nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize and the Nobel in literature, and a cable TV movie of his life last year starred Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx. Dozens of death penalty opponents demonstrated outside the courtroom. Among them was actor Mike Farrell, who said the proceedings failed to consider “his value, his change, his transformation.”
If there is going to be a death penalty – which the voters of California have approved – at least administer it fairly and quickly.
Williams must be brought to justice. He has been convicted of killing four people.
And who were the MORONS who nominated this convicted murderer for Noble Prizes?