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Williams Waits on Gov.'s Clemency Decision (Tookie Update! Gov says NO to clemency)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/12/05 | David Kravets - ap

Posted on 12/12/2005 12:13:42 PM PST by NormsRevenge

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court has rejected a stay of execution for Crips co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams, who is scheduled to die after midnight.

The court's decision comes a day after the California Supreme Court refused to grant a stay of execution for the convicted killer meaning the former gang leader who became an outspoken critic of gang violence will be executed early Tuesday unless the governor grants clemency.

Williams' supporters also made another pitch directly to the governor Sunday to spare his life, telling Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in a letter that they had a new witness who could help prove Williams' innocence.

"All we need now is time to investigate to make sure this story is real," said NAACP California President Alice Huffman. "We're hoping and praying for clemency, but we're not going to leave any stone unturned."

Schwarzenegger said last week that he was agonizing over Williams' request for clemency.

Prosecutors and family members of the victims have urged him to deny the request, in part because Williams continues to deny guilt in the slayings. No clemency request has been granted in California since 1967, when Ronald Reagan spared a mentally ill killer.

Following the state Supreme Court ruling, lawyers for Williams immediately asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals here to block his looming execution. A decision was expected Monday.

Williams' supporters, an outspoken group ranging from community leaders to actors and rappers, have held rallies in his support and argue that executing Williams would send the wrong message.

They say he has redeemed himself by speaking out against violence and writing children's books on the evils of gang life. During his 24 years at San Quentin, the Crips street gang founder turned his life around to the point that a Swiss legislator, college professors and others repeatedly submitted his name for Nobel peace and literature prizes.

Williams, 51, was condemned for the slaying of a man during a robbery in February 1979 and the deaths of a couple and their daughter at a South Los Angeles motel the following month.

He denies committing the murders but has apologized for founding the Crips, a gang prosecutors blamed for thousands of murders in Los Angeles and beyond.

Williams is scheduled for lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. He would be the 12th inmate executed by the state since California reinstated the death penalty in 1977.

The state Supreme Court ruled 6-0 against staying his execution, saying Williams' last-minute appeal lacked merit and was untimely. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Brault had implored the justices early Sunday to dismiss the petition, writing that it "is without merit and is manifestly designed for delay."

The justices earlier had denied a defense request to reopen the case over allegations that shoddy forensics linked a weapon used in three of the murders to a shotgun registered to Williams.

In the defense request for a stay of execution, attorney Verna Wefald had argued that Los Angeles County prosecutors failed to disclose at trial that witness Alfred Coward was not a U.S. citizen and that he had a violent criminal history. Coward is now in prison in Canada for the murder of a man during a 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.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: clemency; decision; schwarzenegger; stanleywilliams; tookie; tookiepalooza; tookiewilliams; waits
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1 posted on 12/12/2005 12:13:44 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Tookie just wants Arnold's autograph.......on a commutation paper!


2 posted on 12/12/2005 12:15:05 PM PST by Red Badger (12: And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: NormsRevenge


Buh bye tookie, buh bye!


3 posted on 12/12/2005 12:15:13 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: NormsRevenge

The 9th said
No again.

This is about it.

Looks like the Gub is mute... and likely to remain so.


4 posted on 12/12/2005 12:15:40 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: rockabyebaby

Lightem up!


5 posted on 12/12/2005 12:15:43 PM PST by romanesq
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To: NormsRevenge

The 9th just rejected it as well.


6 posted on 12/12/2005 12:15:46 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Lx

Here's hoping that Arnie says:

Hasta la vista... baby.


7 posted on 12/12/2005 12:16:43 PM PST by conservatrice
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To: Lx

Even the Circus rejected it?!?!


8 posted on 12/12/2005 12:17:10 PM PST by HHKrepublican_2 (OP Spread the Truth....http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1535158/posts)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Contra Costa Times had a front page dedicated to the Tookster today. It brought back how horrid his crimes really were, in killing a family and a veteran/father.

I kept thinking about that line:

"It's a hell of thing killin' a man. You take away all he's got, and all he's ever gonna have."


9 posted on 12/12/2005 12:19:12 PM PST by Wiseghy (Discontent is the want of self-reliance: it is infirmity of will. – Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: romanesq

Hang him.


10 posted on 12/12/2005 12:19:31 PM PST by Unicorn (Too many wimps around.)
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To: NormsRevenge
What's sending this wrong message... is subverting justice. When you commit murder, your life's forfeit. That isn't really so hard to grasp.

(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.")

11 posted on 12/12/2005 12:19:32 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Is he dead yet?

Is he dead yet?

Is he dead yet?

Is he dead yet?

12 posted on 12/12/2005 12:24:43 PM PST by bpjam (Now accepting liberal apologies.....)
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To: NormsRevenge

I'm stretching and warming up for a good "Snoopy Dance" at 12:15 when I know the coward has expired.

I hope I get to dance!


13 posted on 12/12/2005 12:24:50 PM PST by digger48
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To: NormsRevenge

The 9th actually has some backbone!


14 posted on 12/12/2005 12:28:14 PM PST by Churchillspirit (Anaheim Angels - 2002 World Series Champions)
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To: NormsRevenge
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15 posted on 12/12/2005 12:30:44 PM PST by WilliamWallace1999
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To: NormsRevenge

Clemency denied as reported by Fox News.


16 posted on 12/12/2005 12:31:29 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: HHKrepublican_2

...CLEMENCY.DENIED....FOX


17 posted on 12/12/2005 12:32:10 PM PST by Armigerous ( Non permitte illegitimi te carborundum- "Don't let the bastards grind you down")
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To: NormsRevenge

What kind of name is "Tookie" anyway. Sounds like a muppet.


18 posted on 12/12/2005 12:32:17 PM PST by exile (Exile - Helen Thomas tried to lure me into her Gingerbread House.)
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To: All

The Gub has said
No to clemency.. per Shep on FNC

email sent out to that effect, hard copy to follow..


19 posted on 12/12/2005 12:32:25 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge
Accused of dozens of crimes against humanity. Hangin's too good for 'im. Burnin's too good for 'im. He should be torn into little bisty pieces and buried alive!
20 posted on 12/12/2005 12:32:50 PM PST by mlbford2 (I love my Semis, but for me they are for the range. My life is protected by my S&W revolver.)
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To: Wiseghy
Contra Costa Times - POLL - Should Gov. Schwarzenegger grant Stanley "Tookie" Williams clemency?

Answers are: Yes | NO

Plus a "Discussion List" type forum on same page.

21 posted on 12/12/2005 12:33:28 PM PST by Buddy B (MSgt Retired-USAF)
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To: NormsRevenge

What, Arnold announced already?!


22 posted on 12/12/2005 12:33:32 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: Armigerous

What's that sound? Somebodies singing in Tookies voice--
"I'm gettin nuttin for Christmas"


23 posted on 12/12/2005 12:33:47 PM PST by E.Allen
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To: Red Badger

Just out, Governor Arnold has denied clemency. Tookie sleeps with the fishes...


24 posted on 12/12/2005 12:33:54 PM PST by Cliff Dweller ("get thar fustest with the mostest." GEN NB Forrest)
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To: NormsRevenge
"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.

Not so, according to the Prosecutors brief to the Governor. As well, the jury was made aware of anyone that was a criminal, as well as whether or not there was a deal for testimony.

25 posted on 12/12/2005 12:34:37 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: NormsRevenge

Let the LA riots begin. (I hope not) Lookout!


26 posted on 12/12/2005 12:35:01 PM PST by diverteach
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To: All
The posted article covers many of the facts.

But what about the coverage in general?

If anyone (still!) needs proof of how journalism is well beyond the pay grade of most of today's employees of the MSM this is it.

How often has MSM employees reported this as a case of an "author and Nobel prize nominee" faces execution?

OK, so he had a ghost writer, many do. But how many books were purchased? Real reporters would ask and report. Sources outside of MSM employees say the number is in the low hundreds. The books helped kids? Name one. And while they're at it name who did the Nobel nomination(s) and why. Real reporters in the old days reported. Anyone can type and talk.

Oh, yeah. There's those pesky facts of the murders, the conviction, the twenty-five years of appeals rejections, the current 6-0 rejection by the California Supreme Court, the not so subtle threats of let him live or else. . . .

27 posted on 12/12/2005 12:36:25 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (Hillary is the she in shenanigans.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Arnold just gave the green light


28 posted on 12/12/2005 12:38:04 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: romanesq



I just heard AAAAAAAArnold said fry baby fry, apparently he just made the announcement saying it was a "difficult decision" what the hell is so difficult?


29 posted on 12/12/2005 12:39:48 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: Cliff Dweller
"Tookie sleeps with the fishes..."

I believe that "taking luncheon with Polonius" is more polite.

30 posted on 12/12/2005 12:40:32 PM PST by spokeshave (A return to unified Democratic government is so unlikely as not to be worth considering)
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To: rockabyebaby

THey always say its difficult


31 posted on 12/12/2005 12:40:39 PM PST by Lemondropkid31 (Conroe, TX)
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To: KeyLargo

Hasta la vista, Tookie

32 posted on 12/12/2005 12:41:04 PM PST by Kenton (To my friends who celebrate Jesus' birth, Merry Christmas. To the rest of you, have a nice day off.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Well, let's get lootin.

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33 posted on 12/12/2005 12:41:07 PM PST by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: rockabyebaby

Drip, Drip, Drip, Drip, Drip, Drip, Drip, Drip, Drop Dead.


34 posted on 12/12/2005 12:42:31 PM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Lemondropkid31


Tookie won't be down for breakfast tomorrow! Crispy "crip"!


35 posted on 12/12/2005 12:44:19 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: bpjam
Is he dead yet? Is he dead yet? Is he dead yet? Is he dead yet?

LOL, tick tick tick tick it's just a matter of hours!

36 posted on 12/12/2005 12:45:57 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: rockabyebaby
NBC4 | Los Angeles

Governor Declines To Stop Williams Execution

Governor Announces His Decision Monday

POSTED: 7:52 am PST December 11, 2005
UPDATED: 12:35 pm PST December 12, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused Monday to spare the life of Stanley Tookie Williams, the founder of the murderous Crips gang who awaited execution after midnight in a case that stirred debate over capital punishment and the possibility of redemption on death row.

XXXXX May require sign-up.

37 posted on 12/12/2005 12:46:01 PM PST by Buddy B (MSgt Retired-USAF)
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To: Buddy B

Good! This has only taken, what, 24 years? Let him fry.


38 posted on 12/12/2005 12:51:53 PM PST by Viet Vet in Augusta GA
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To: NormsRevenge

Just on yahoo news - clemency denied.


39 posted on 12/12/2005 12:58:50 PM PST by GSlob
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To: NormsRevenge

ARNOLD: SIE SIND AUF DER METHODE ZUR ZERSTÖRUNG.
ARNOLD: SIE HABEN KEINE WAHRSCHEINLICHKEIT ZU ÜBERLEBEN BILDEN IHRE ZEIT.
ARNOLD: HA HA HA HA....


40 posted on 12/12/2005 1:03:09 PM PST by RichInOC (TOOKIE: WHAT YOU SAY!!)
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To: Viet Vet in Augusta GA
Tookie's book at Amazon.com I was going to get this book and get it autographed - but delivery will take 1-2 weeks. So much for that idea
41 posted on 12/12/2005 1:11:17 PM PST by TheShaz (Shhhh! We don't want Dean run off yet!!!)
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To: rockabyebaby

"Tookie won't be down for breakfast tomorrow! Crispy "crip"!"

Ewwww yuck LOL


42 posted on 12/12/2005 1:17:17 PM PST by Lemondropkid31 (Conroe, TX)
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To: RichInOC
lol..

L.A.Avenue Cam Live

No rioting spotted yet.

43 posted on 12/12/2005 1:40:24 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Reverend Jesse Jackson speaks to the media in front of the San Quentin prison, California, December 12, 2005. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger denied clemency to former Crips gang leader Stanley Tookie Williams, who is slated to be executed early on Tuesday for murdering four people in 1979. REUTERS/Kimberly White


44 posted on 12/12/2005 1:43:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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45 posted on 12/12/2005 1:45:33 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Race hustler Jessie Jackass never met a Crip he didn't admire.


46 posted on 12/12/2005 2:19:08 PM PST by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: digger48; PhilDragoo; potlatch; ntnychik; dixiechick2000; Victoria Delsoul; doug from upland; ...


TAKE  THESE  CHAINS

47 posted on 12/12/2005 2:45:07 PM PST by devolve (<-- (--in a manner reminiscent of Senator Ghengis Kohn--)
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To: digger48

Digger uses the right word. Williams is just a coward. He was able to dish it out, but when it comes taking the punishment, he is just a sniveling liar. The world will be a little better when he has left it.


48 posted on 12/12/2005 2:57:30 PM PST by Malesherbes
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To: Lx
The 9th just rejected it as well.

Ha! I was watching a news show yesterday with Bianca Jagger as the pro-Williams guest. One of her main points was that the 9th Circus wasn't on board with juicing this loser.

On a related note: how does sleeping with a rock star make you an expert on anything (besides STDs)?

49 posted on 12/12/2005 3:55:48 PM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Boy oh boy, those bags under ol' Jesse's eyes are gettin' kinda big. Chasing those ladies is taking it out of him.


50 posted on 12/12/2005 4:17:50 PM PST by greccogirl ("Freedom belongs to those who are willing to sacrifice the most for it")
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