Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and human rights champion Bianca Jagger visited a condemned US inmate and called for celebrity governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to spare his life.
Crips gang co-founder Stanley “Tookie” Williams has redeemed himself writing children’s books during his 25 years in San Quentin State Prison and still denies committing the four murders that landed him on death row, Jackson said.
“The evidence, at best, is shoddy. His reputation as a gang leader was on trial, not the actual evidence of the murders,” Jackson said after he and Jagger walked out of the prison where they visited Williams.
“Not long ago we were told there was evidence of weapons of mass destruction, a slam dunk. We lost American lives on circumstantial information and we should not make that kind of life-or-death decision again.”
Jackson and Jagger decried the case against Williams as based on evidence that included jailhouse “snitches” out to ingratiate themselves with police.
Williams is an African-American man railroaded by a prejudiced judicial system because he couldn’t afford better lawyers, said Jagger, the first wife of famed Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger.
Potential black jurors were kept off the jury that convicted Williams, Jagger said.
Williams has not apologized for the slayings because “he would rather die than lie” and lay claim to crimes he did not commit, Jackson and Jagger said.
“I appeal to governor Schwarzenegger,” Jagger said, her eyes watering and her lips trembling. “You could grant him clemency; change death to life imprisonment without parole.”
Flap wants JUSTICE for the four DEAD MURDERED victims of Williams.
He deserves the “BIG JAB”.