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Seeing the humanity in the man-When lights went out during Tookie interview,reporter was illuminated
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/16/5 | Leslie Fulbright

Posted on 12/18/2005 8:24:14 AM PST by SmithL

One of the most frightening places I've been in the middle of a power outage is a tiny room inside the walls of San Quentin State Prison.

I was padlocked inside the small room with a man I had never met before, a man who was to be executed within days for the brutal murders of four people.

I was there to interview Stanley Tookie Williams. He shook my hand, introduced himself and we began to talk. An hour later, a heavy storm felled a power line and the lights in the visiting area suddenly went off.

My first reaction was to look at the door with its small rectangular hole, through which Williams an hour earlier had shoved his muscular arms to be cuffed while I walked into the room. After I entered and the door was securely locked, Williams shoved his arms back through the rectangular hole so the cuffs could be removed.

I glanced at that door. I looked for a prison guard who could bust open the door and pull me out should anything go wrong. Williams sensed my apprehension.

"Don't panic," he told me. "I'm here, I can protect you. I've got your back."

He calmed me down.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: awwwwww; megabarfalert; stanleywilliams; tookie; waxingrhapsodic
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This cup-o-fluff reporterette frequently has her lights out.
1 posted on 12/18/2005 8:24:15 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL
"...I've got your back."

I've heard that about guys in prison.

2 posted on 12/18/2005 8:28:03 AM PST by infidel29 ("We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." --Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SmithL
Wow. This article needs a 'Barf Alert' in the title. This reporter is so far from objective it reeks but, then again, she writes for the Chronicle so n'uff said.
3 posted on 12/18/2005 8:34:21 AM PST by TCats
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To: SmithL
Leslie Fulbright doesn't rate a bio on her own paper.

LOL

4 posted on 12/18/2005 8:35:55 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: SmithL

Seems like a case of love-at-first-fright.

Classic Stockholm Syndrome.


5 posted on 12/18/2005 8:37:26 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: SmithL

If this reporterette was so sure Tookie had changed from the days when he enjoyed killing for pocket change, why was she apprehensive when the lights went out?


6 posted on 12/18/2005 8:40:10 AM PST by hershey
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To: SmithL

Isn't that sweet?


7 posted on 12/18/2005 8:40:25 AM PST by SouthTexas (A Merry and Blessed Christmas to all.)
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To: SmithL

Ahh, isn't that special.


8 posted on 12/18/2005 8:42:32 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: SmithL

If this is any indication of her reporting abilities, maybe she should reconsider being a waitress again....might be too hard on her though as most waitresses have to think clearly, and write orders so they will be understood by the cooks or chefs. This lady is missing some brain cells or something, and she has to be clueless to boot! "Got your backside", my a$$, what a dope !!


9 posted on 12/18/2005 8:44:14 AM PST by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: SmithL

"I decided I wanted to be a reporter in 1992,



But I became a idiot instead!!!!


10 posted on 12/18/2005 8:44:24 AM PST by jec41 (Screaming Eagle)
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To: hershey

Good point


11 posted on 12/18/2005 8:44:26 AM PST by skr
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To: SmithL

LOL, what a pantsload!


12 posted on 12/18/2005 8:47:56 AM PST by Sisku Hanne (The Old Media, Democrat party & the Left are grim MILLSTONES for our troops)
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To: hershey
why was she apprehensive when the lights went out?


Good point. Anyone know the recidivism rate amongst children's books authors? :)
13 posted on 12/18/2005 8:51:52 AM PST by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: infidel29

Geez, I wonder if that's what he said to the guy he shot gunned in the back??????????


14 posted on 12/18/2005 8:53:07 AM PST by festoon
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To: SmithL

Way to go stoooopiderette!
See the humanity in the killer!


15 posted on 12/18/2005 8:53:58 AM PST by Leo Carpathian (FReeeePeee!)
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To: SmithL

How could we kill such a loving caring man. He clearly had a future escorting women.


16 posted on 12/18/2005 8:54:14 AM PST by bigsigh
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To: SmithL

Typical Lib DumbS_ _ T in Denial. They all refuse to recognize: "This guy killed four people--what is one more?" That way, his life would be tied up with trial for the next 4 years, and appeals until he dies.


17 posted on 12/18/2005 8:58:46 AM PST by radar101
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To: P-40

"Anyone know the recidivism rate amongst children's books authors?"

Stop me before I write again.


18 posted on 12/18/2005 9:05:29 AM PST by dsc (さよくしんじまえ)
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To: SmithL

"There comes a time in the history of every people when they become so pathologically soft and tender that they actually side with those elements of their society that harms them, i.e. criminals..."-A Great Historian 1888


19 posted on 12/18/2005 9:09:25 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SmithL

What tripe! This is what The Stone Age Press has become??

Pray for W and Our Victorious Troops


20 posted on 12/18/2005 9:12:37 AM PST by bray (Merry Christmas Iraq)
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