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Stanley “Tookie” Williams Watch: California Supreme Court Refuses to Halt Execution

Members of Black Riders, a black militant group, salute during a news conference to support clemency for convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005 in downtown Los Angeles. As many as 35 demonstrators representing clergy, black youth leaders and death penalty opponents marched from City Hall to the Governor’s office.

The ASSociated Press has Justices Refuse Clemency for Crips Founder

The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to halt the scheduled execution of convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams, the Crips gang founder who became an anti-gang activist while in prison and whose supporters claim has redeemed himself. In a last-ditch legal move, defense attorneys petitioned the high court earlier this month, alleging shoddy forensic testing and other errors may have wrongly sent Williams to San Quentin State Prison, where he is scheduled die by injection Dec. 13.

Lawyers for Williams, author of a series of anti-gang books for children, wanted to re-exam ballistics evidence that showed his shotgun was used to kill three people during a 1979 motel robbery.

The defense claimed the forensic evidence was “junk science,” but prosecutors said that allegation was “based upon innuendo, supposition and the patent bias of (Williams’) purported expert.”

“The extraordinary relief Williams sought is reserved for those cases which have legal merit,” said Nathan Barankin, spokesman for Attorney General Bill Lockyer.

The high court voted 4-2 without comment to deny the inmate’s petition, with Chief Justice Ronald George voting to reopen the case.

The Case Summary is here.

The California Supreme Court, the federal trial and appellate courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court have already ruled against him in earlier appeals, which has set the stage for the execution on December 13th.

Only clemency which would commute his sentence to life in prison without parole (granted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger) remains as a viable remedy to Tookie’s execution.

The clemency hearing is scheduled for December 8th.

“What I want to do is make sure we make the right decisions, because we’re dealing here with a person’s life,” Schwarzenegger said Wednesday.

What about the four murdered victims, Governor?

Williams has had his run of 24 years of legal appeals and NOT ONE has been successful in overturning his death sentence.

The Governor would be wise to hold the clemency hearing, listen to the arguments, uphold the decisions of the trial jury and the appellate courts and ENFORCE THE LAW.

But, only if he wishes to have any further political future……..

Stay Tuned…….


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14 thoughts on “Stanley “Tookie” Williams Watch: California Supreme Court Refuses to Halt Execution

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  2. Could you people try to form intelligent,legitimate arguments before you click “SUBMIT?” The point of it all is, the state needed the blood of another black man. If you are going to do that, who is a better sacrificial lamb than Tookie. Gangs are synonymous with black culture, so who better to MURDER (yes,murder) than the founder? It started off as punishment,but come on. During the course of the case, a murdering pedophile, and two murdering thieves (all white, mind you) were released,just so Mr.Williams could be killed. All this so some families could “sleep better” because another “NIGGER” died!!! What is wrong with you people? Death does not alleviate death. You don’t know if he did it. What is going to happen years later, if someone studies his trial and they can truthfully ascertain that Mr.Williams was INNOCENT. In the words of the “hood”, all you haters are going to be on his dick. Then you will want to brag on his books and other things he tried to do. Sorry, it will be too late to give him his flowers, because YOU MURDERED HIM on December 13, 2005 at 12:36 a.m.

  3. ALL you “crackers” are wrong even if Mr.Tookie Williams is the founder of the krypts doesn’t mean that he is guilty of all the things he was charged with. I bet ya’ll didn’t take time to think about that. Did you? I bet my life that in a matter of time it will be revealed that he is innocent. Then you’ll feel like shit. Or mabey not. Hell it ain’t that serious. If a cracker did it ,it would have been o.k. ,he would be released 3 days later, and it would been forgot about.You all are wrong you’ll see.

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