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Tookie Williams seeks stay of execution
CTV.ca ^ | Dec. 11 2005 | CTV.ca News Staff

Posted on 12/11/2005 2:25:45 PM PST by indcons

A lawyer for convicted murderer and co-founder of the Crips street gang Stanley Tookie Williams, who is scheduled to be put to death Tuesday, is asking the California Supreme Court to stay his execution.

Pasadena Attorney Verna Wefald also filed a 150-page petition Saturday challenging the validity of the four convictions and death sentences meted out to Williams in 1981, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Williams has been the subject of a celebrity-studded clemency campaign -- including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx -- based on a claim that he has redeemed himself with anti-gang work from death row.

Williams has written nine anti-gang books aimed at young people, been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace and Literature Prize, and his "Protocol for Street Peace" has been used by rival gangs to broker gang truces.

Williams was convicted of killing a man during a robbery in February 1979. Williams also was convicted of the March 1979 murders of a couple and their daughter at a South Los Angeles motel.

Williams has consistently denied he committed the murders, although he has apologized for his role as a co-founder of the Crips, a gang considered responsible for numerous murders in Los Angeles and beyond.

Williams, 51, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison on Tuesday.

However, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office is currently weighing the request for clemency.

On Saturday, Schwarzenegger's office said that the governor had not made a decision.

The California Supreme Court, a federal court judge in Los Angeles, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court have all upheld Williams' convictions.

The petition filed Saturday night alleges that an "error of constitutional magnitude led to a trial that was so fundamentally unfair absent the error no reasonable judge or jury would have convicted" him.

Wefald argues that prosecutors failed to disclose at trial that witness Alfred Coward was not a U.S. citizen and that he had a violent criminal history. depriving Williams of the opportunity to argue Coward was the killer in the February 1979 robbery.

"All of the witnesses who implicated … Williams were criminals who were given significant incentives to testify against him and ongoing benefits for their testimony," Wefald wrote in the stay petition.

"This type of testimony is the leading cause of wrongful convictions in murder and capital cases in the United States," she wrote, citing a study done at the Northwestern University Law School's Center on Wrongful Convictions.

Wefald also alleged that the prosecution failed to make known that Williams was "forcibly, involuntarily, surreptitiously and continually drugged with powerful tranquilizers and/or other psychotropic medication by the Los Angeles County jail as a form of management control, thus rendering him incompetent to stand trial."

Fearing a repeat of the 1992 race riots in which 52 people died, police, schools and community groups have been told to prepare for violence if clemency is not granted.

Robin Toma, executive director of the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, said the organization had received "credible" threats of violence if Williams is put to death.

There are also fears that Williams' execution could cause unrest in the prison system.

For that reason, all prisoners at San Quentin will be locked down during the execution, and there is the expectation that other state prisons will choose to do the same.

A California governor has not granted clemency since 1967, when Ronald Reagan spared the life of a brain-damaged killer.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: antideathpenalty; murder; stanleywilliams; tookie; tookiewilliams
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...been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace and Literature Prize...

LOL.....wonder which fool nominated Tookie for the Nobel? Must have been the same person who nominated Jim-uh Carter.
1 posted on 12/11/2005 2:25:47 PM PST by indcons
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To: indcons

Tookie Tookie Tookie

All I can say is he is about 10 years past due.


2 posted on 12/11/2005 2:27:04 PM PST by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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To: indcons


Man oh man, is tookie still alive, somebody put him out of his misery,,,hello hello, Aaaaaaahrnold, can you hear me????


3 posted on 12/11/2005 2:29:37 PM PST by rockabyebaby (I'm not afraid to say out loud what the rest of you are afraid to admit.)
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To: indcons

I should we should pardon him ...

... for the children!


4 posted on 12/11/2005 2:30:41 PM PST by Saint Reagan
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To: PeteB570

I thought I heard on the radio that Schwarzenegger granted a stay and changed it to life in prison. Is this true?


5 posted on 12/11/2005 2:30:51 PM PST by willyd (No nation has ever taxed its citizens into prosperity)
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To: indcons

Too friggin' bad the FOUR people this nutball killed can't get a stay of their execution .... eh, Tooks?


6 posted on 12/11/2005 2:31:15 PM PST by hillary's_fat_a**
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To: rockabyebaby
And put him out of our misery! (If ever a man deserved to die...!!)
7 posted on 12/11/2005 2:31:18 PM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: indcons
police, schools and community groups have been told to prepare for violence if clemency is not granted.

Kind of reminds me of my daughter when she was three or four years old - she didn't get her way, she'd throw a tantrum.

8 posted on 12/11/2005 2:32:43 PM PST by Tennessee_Bob ("Those who "abjure" violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.")
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To: indcons



Just let another gang member kill him in his cell and avoid all this publicity.


9 posted on 12/11/2005 2:34:40 PM PST by SouthernFreebird
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To: Saint Reagan

LOL.......

He should be executed for the sake of children!!


10 posted on 12/11/2005 2:35:24 PM PST by indcons (indcons on Rush Limbaugh's show (transcript): http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1535861/posts)
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To: MizSterious

11 posted on 12/11/2005 2:36:04 PM PST by ErnBatavia (403-3)
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To: indcons
The petition filed Saturday night alleges that an "error of constitutional magnitude led to a trial that was so fundamentally unfair absent the error no reasonable judge or jury would have convicted" him.

Pure, unadulterated, silly-ass horse-crap.

Just more Tookie-Pookie spam.

To hell with him.

After he fries, of course.

Tookie must die.

12 posted on 12/11/2005 2:39:17 PM PST by OldSmaj (Hey Islam...I flushed a koran today and I let my dog pp on it first. Come get me, moon bats!)
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To: indcons

As if Tookie wrote those books and not his supporters.

I heard Danny Faulker's widow (he was the cop killed by Mumia al Jamal) on Philly radio today talking about how the same clowns behind Mumia are now marching for Tookie. Figures.


13 posted on 12/11/2005 2:40:42 PM PST by Callahan
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To: indcons

After his "crossing over," I'll be more than pleased to sing that old favorite: "One Took Over The Line."


14 posted on 12/11/2005 2:41:05 PM PST by Socratic (Liberal's motto: Capio ergo sum.)
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To: SouthernFreebird
Something has just occurred to me. I have not heard a peep out of his Congresswoman, Maxcine Waters. Hmmmmmm
15 posted on 12/11/2005 2:42:22 PM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: indcons
"Fearing a repeat of the 1992 race riots in which 52 people died, police, schools and community groups have been told to prepare for violence if clemency is not granted."

California gangs are now threatening violence to prevent being punished for committing violent crimes. If this works for them, there will be no saving California from anarchy.

16 posted on 12/11/2005 2:42:34 PM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: willyd

>I thought I heard on the radio that Schwarzenegger granted a stay and changed it to life in prison. Is this true?<

If true, the Schwaggernegger is the ultimate 'girly man' for letting his wife (and her family and party) and his Hollywood connections influence him and the threat of riots from the black community to intimidate him.


17 posted on 12/11/2005 2:42:45 PM PST by citizencon
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To: indcons

Holy crap! It's been 25 years since the conviction - enough is enough!!! I could kill a dozen people tomorrow in CA and not be executed until they wheeled me into the gas chamber in a wheelchair as an old man around 2030 or so.

Tookie, be a man and face up to your punishment you cowardly piece of sh**! As founder of the Crips, this monster has the blood of thousands of kids on his hands. No wonder he's afraid to meet his maker.


18 posted on 12/11/2005 2:43:56 PM PST by rockprof
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To: citizencon; willyd

its not true. He's gonna make an announcement on Mon


19 posted on 12/11/2005 2:46:12 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: Callahan
I heard Danny Faulker's widow (he was the cop killed by Mumia al Jamal) on Philly radio today talking about how the same clowns behind Mumia are now marching for Tookie. Figures.

Scratching my head here....now what could these two have in common.

We are being probed to see how intimidated we are by threats of violence by certain communities. We better get some balls on us cause it's not just muslims flexing their muscles lately.

20 posted on 12/11/2005 2:51:03 PM PST by SouthernFreebird
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To: marajade

"its not true. He's gonna make an announcement on Mon"

But he will cave to the threat of violence...for the peeple!


21 posted on 12/11/2005 2:56:44 PM PST by lawdude (LIEberals/socialists make up facts and history as they go!)
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To: lawdude

We'll see. Arnold isn't as dumb as people think he is. I bet he denies it.


22 posted on 12/11/2005 3:00:26 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: indcons

Enough is enough. Snuff this punk!


23 posted on 12/11/2005 3:00:39 PM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Life is too short to go through it clenched of sphincter and void of humor - it's okay to laugh.)
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To: indcons

If he can bring his victims back to life....then let him live.


24 posted on 12/11/2005 3:02:13 PM PST by Fawn (http://www.stickdeath.com/bank.htm)
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To: indcons

I love it that Tookie is sitting in his cold cell crying like the little beyotch that he is begging "the man" for mercy!!!!! :)


25 posted on 12/11/2005 3:05:22 PM PST by frankjr
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To: indcons

The Media Circus is well under way. Now it's time to start the Legal Sideshow.


26 posted on 12/11/2005 3:07:54 PM PST by IronJack
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To: indcons

Tookie Delenda Est!


27 posted on 12/11/2005 3:10:13 PM PST by IronJack
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To: mariabush

He has to die first before she can claim discrimination.


28 posted on 12/11/2005 3:10:16 PM PST by NY Attitude (You are responsible for your safety until the arrival of Law Enforcement Officers!)
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To: NY Attitude

Tookie could have spared the lives of four people. He chose the death penalty for them. Tookie must die.


29 posted on 12/11/2005 3:14:07 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: indcons
Zurich lawyer, Mario fehr.

mariofehr@gmx.ch

30 posted on 12/11/2005 3:14:13 PM PST by Leisler (HEY LEFTY! FREED TIBET YET?)
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To: Parley Baer

I agree.


31 posted on 12/11/2005 3:14:49 PM PST by NY Attitude (You are responsible for your safety until the arrival of Law Enforcement Officers!)
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To: indcons
Another meritless appeal. Really, Williams' lawyers ought to be sanctioned by the Court for wasting its time. That being said, I gotta love the sight of a hardened murderer literally begging for his life now that time's running out. Gee, I thought he was a changed man, huh? Silly me. He played every one for fools. A sociopath to the end. Now its time to fry Tookie. Rot in hell, you SOB!

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

32 posted on 12/11/2005 3:16:08 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

Almost time for Tookie to roll up his sleeves and do something to improve the gene poll.


33 posted on 12/11/2005 3:19:05 PM PST by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: indcons
Graphic photos of tough guy Tookies victums.Albert Owens, 26, the store clerck was shot two times with a 12 gage shotgun after being ordered into the cold box by Williams. A third shot was fired into the the video surveillance system. Owens was the father of two. Williams is believed to have stolen between $60.00 - $122.00.Tsai-Shen Yang, 63, her husband Yen-Yi Yang, 63, and their daughter Ye-Chen Lin, 43. Armed with a 12 gage shotgun, Williams shot Tsai once in the upper body, and once in the base of her spine, killing her instantly. Yen-Yi was shot twice in the upper body, and Ye-Chin was shot once in the head. Both father and daughter died within hours at local hospitals. Williams and his companion took what cash they could find (Estimated at $50-$100) before fleeing.
34 posted on 12/11/2005 3:22:49 PM PST by Leisler (HEY LEFTY! FREED TIBET YET?)
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To: PeteB570

It's all about Bianca Jaggers. She's very attractive for a 50 - something person - in a devilish sort of way. I'd say she's a perfect cast for the character of Jezebel.


35 posted on 12/11/2005 3:27:49 PM PST by noah (noah)
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To: indcons
Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx

Pray tell, what has the fact that the gentleman may have earned an Oscar have to do with the price of rice in China?

36 posted on 12/11/2005 3:30:44 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: indcons

I've Gotta Get a Message to You
The Bee Gees

The preacher talked to me and he smiled,
Said, "Come and walk with me, come and walk one more mile.
Now for once in your life you're alone,
but you ain't got a dime, there's no time for the phone."

I've just got to get a message to you, hold on, hold on.
One more hour and my life will be through, hold on, hold on.

I told him I'm in no hurry,
but if I broke her heart, won't you tell her I'm sorry.
And for once in my life I'm alone,
and I've got to let her know just in time before I go.

I've just go to get a message to you, hold on, hold on.
One more hour and my life will be through, hold on, hold on.

Well I laughed but that didn't hurt,
and it's only her love that keeps me wearing this dirt.
Now I'm crying but deep down inside,
well I did it to him, now it's my turn to die.


37 posted on 12/11/2005 3:34:24 PM PST by CAWats (And I will make no distinction between the terrorists and the democrats.)
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To: indcons

38 posted on 12/11/2005 4:01:48 PM PST by Boazo (From the mind of BOAZO)
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To: Farmer Dean

Amen brother.

Amen.


39 posted on 12/11/2005 4:17:25 PM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Life is too short to go through it clenched of sphincter and void of humor - it's okay to laugh.)
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To: rockabyebaby

Tookie...stay is granted....when you bring your victims back to life.

No can do? Well, you get the new and improved Popeil "Fry Baby" just a bit early for Kwanzaa. Peace, bro.

BTW, if Tookie was Bob the white guy he too would be granted the same wish for Christmas. Don't give me the PC crap!!!!!


40 posted on 12/11/2005 4:22:35 PM PST by gathersnomoss
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To: PeteB570

More than 10 years past due; more like 26 years past due.

That can be fixed Thursday, though.


41 posted on 12/11/2005 5:03:35 PM PST by Redbob
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To: indcons
"Williams has written nine anti-gang books aimed at young people, been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace and Literature Prize,"...

Must be that Nobel Peace and Literature Prize in Coloring Book category.

42 posted on 12/11/2005 5:10:46 PM PST by Cvengr (<;^))
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To: IronJack

yup , leagal eagle Verna just fied a 150 page petition ,... then another of the Mumia legal eagles can file a 1,000 page petion in the morning , and so on , gum-up the works


43 posted on 12/11/2005 5:13:49 PM PST by Dad yer funny
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To: Tennessee_Bob
"... and his "Protocol for Street Peace" has been used by rival gangs to broker gang truces."

Interesting euphanism for a 9mm pistol. Next time I go to the armory, I'll need to ask the armoror for my "Protocol for Street Piece".

44 posted on 12/11/2005 5:15:25 PM PST by Cvengr (<;^))
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To: Redbob

Tuesday I think.


45 posted on 12/11/2005 5:31:08 PM PST by newfarm4000n (God Bless America and God Bless Freedom)
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To: citizencon

Good point.If Arnie granted clemency he would be a "girly man" in my opinion as well.


46 posted on 12/11/2005 5:59:42 PM PST by Thombo2
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To: marajade

So Arnold's going to make an announcement on Monday? Why not now?


47 posted on 12/11/2005 6:03:35 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: Ciexyz

Beats me? Call his office and ask.


48 posted on 12/11/2005 6:06:16 PM PST by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: indcons

Beg, tookie. Beg, you murdering b*st*rd.

I'll bet he didn't care a bit for the INNOCENT people he slaughtered.

The thing about "justice" in a murder is that it can NEVER be reached.

Even IF the punishment of the murderer could be exactly the same as wahtever he did to the victim, there is one huge thing in the way of having it be "equal": The innocent person DID NOT DESERVE IT, and THE MURDERER DOES.


49 posted on 12/11/2005 6:06:53 PM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: indcons

I'll file my BRIEF.... GUILTY!!!!


50 posted on 12/11/2005 6:22:15 PM PST by winker
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