Skip to comments.Tookie Williams seeks stay of execution
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.
Tookie Tookie Tookie
All I can say is he is about 10 years past due.
Man oh man, is tookie still alive, somebody put him out of his misery,,,hello hello, Aaaaaaahrnold, can you hear me????
I thought I heard on the radio that Schwarzenegger granted a stay and changed it to life in prison. Is this true?
Too friggin' bad the FOUR people this nutball killed can't get a stay of their execution .... eh, Tooks?
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.
Just let another gang member kill him in his cell and avoid all this publicity.
He should be executed for the sake of children!!
Pure, unadulterated, silly-ass horse-crap.
Just more Tookie-Pookie spam.
To hell with him.
After he fries, of course.
Tookie must die.
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.
After his "crossing over," I'll be more than pleased to sing that old favorite: "One Took Over The Line."
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.
>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.
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.
its not true. He's gonna make an announcement on Mon
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.
"its not true. He's gonna make an announcement on Mon"
But he will cave to the threat of violence...for the peeple!
We'll see. Arnold isn't as dumb as people think he is. I bet he denies it.
Enough is enough. Snuff this punk!
If he can bring his victims back to life....then let him live.
I love it that Tookie is sitting in his cold cell crying like the little beyotch that he is begging "the man" for mercy!!!!! :)
The Media Circus is well under way. Now it's time to start the Legal Sideshow.
Tookie Delenda Est!
He has to die first before she can claim discrimination.
Tookie could have spared the lives of four people. He chose the death penalty for them. Tookie must die.
(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.")
Almost time for Tookie to roll up his sleeves and do something to improve the gene poll.
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.
Pray tell, what has the fact that the gentleman may have earned an Oscar have to do with the price of rice in China?
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.
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!!!!!
More than 10 years past due; more like 26 years past due.
That can be fixed Thursday, though.
Must be that Nobel Peace and Literature Prize in Coloring Book category.
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
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".
Tuesday I think.
Good point.If Arnie granted clemency he would be a "girly man" in my opinion as well.
So Arnold's going to make an announcement on Monday? Why not now?
Beats me? Call his office and ask.
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.
I'll file my BRIEF.... GUILTY!!!!