In this photo provided by the Williams’ family, Stanley Tookie Williams poses in an undated file photo, at age 29 in the exercise yard at San Quentin, Calif. Prison. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday, Nov. 25, 2005 that he would consider granting clemency to Crips co-founder and convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams. (AP Photo/Courtesty of Williams.
The ASSociated Press has Schwarzenegger Mulls Clemency for Williams
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday that he would consider granting clemency to Crips co-founder and convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams.
After a private hearing with Williams’ lawyers at his Sacramento office, Schwarzenegger said he would meet again on Dec. 8 with the lawyers, Los Angeles County prosecutors and others involved.
Governor Schwarzenegger can consider ALL HE desires. But, the four murdered victims of Tookie’s violence deserve JUSTICE.
Tookie MUST suffer the ultimate penalty of our criminal justice system.
As governor, he has the authority to commute a death sentence to life without parole. He is not legally obligated to hold a public or private hearing. Schwarzenegger decides clemency requests on a “case- by-case basis,” said his spokeswoman, Margita Thompson.
Williams, 51, faces death by lethal injection on Dec. 13 for the 1979 slayings of four people _ a Whittier convenience store clerk and three people at a Pico Rivera motel a few days later. He maintains his innocence and has asked the California Supreme Court to reopen his case, alleging shoddy forensics wrongly connected him to three of the murders.
The Supreme Court has not ruled on his petition.
Los Angeles top law enforcement officers have asked Schwarzenegger to show NO MERCY for Williams.
Williams is a “coldblooded killer” who has “left his mark forever on our society by co-founding one of the most vicious, brutal gangs in existence, the Crips,” according to the statement urging Schwarzenegger to deny clemency.
The letter was from Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.
“Williams now seeks mercy, the very mercy he so callously denied” his four victims, according to the document, designed to counter Williams’ clemency petition submitted this month.
“Despite the overwhelming nature of the evidence against him, and despite the nonexistence of any credible defense, Stanley Williams steadfastly refused to take any responsibility for the brutal, destructive and murderous acts he committed,” according to the statement. “Without such responsibility, there can be no redemption, there can be no atonement, and there should be no mercy.”
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In addition, Cooley sent a letter saying that since Williams founded the Crips, the gang “has been responsible for literally thousands of murders in Los Angeles County alone.”
Baca and Bratton also sent letters urging Schwarzenegger to show no mercy for Williams, now 51, who publicly renounced gang life nearly a decade ago.
Fellow Bear Flag League Member, Cobb has Fond Memories of Tookie
Read ALL of Michael’s excellent piece on the Crips.
I cannot wait until the founder of the Crips dies at the hands of the California justice system. This convict has actually convinced people that if you write some children’s books, that you can redeem yourself for a quadruple murder conviction. That doesn’t say much for the state of conviction these days. So long as he fries, I can handle it.
“Tookie deserves to die. Plain and simple. If he’s such a saint, let’s hurry him on his way to his everlasting reward.”
If Schwarzenegger grants Tookie clemency it will be mean a Republican Primary Election challenge for him in June …… and Arnold’s retirement from California politics.