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  • Snoop was a crip. No wonder he was rootin for Tookie

    12/14/2005 4:30:15 PM PST · by xmission · 30 replies · 3,040+ views ^ |
    "Funny his gang membership doesn't seem to have made the news this past week" Snoop Dogg was arrested for drug possession shortly after leaving high school and spent subsequent years in and out of jail. He was a member of the notorious Crips gang and in 1993 was charged with murder in connection with a drive-by shooting. In 1995, Snoop Dogg, leaning on the legal arm of renowned O.J. Simpson attorney Johnnie Cochran, stood trial for accessory to manslaughter in the case of a rival gang member who was allegedly shot by Snoop's bodyguard, McKinley Lee. A year later, Snoop...
  • Tookie's Christmas Carol

    12/14/2005 3:59:50 PM PST · by FFforFreedom · 34 replies · 2,559+ views
    Internet | Unknown
    Credit for this goes to a New York City Police Officer who shall remain anonymous... Twas the night before Tookie's execution ... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Twas the night before Christmas and all through San Quentin, the crips were protesting, and liberals were ventin'. The cyanide hung by the chamber wth care, in hopes that the reaper soon would be there. The inmates were nestled all snug in their bed ; except for Old Tookie, who soon would be dead. And me with my beer mug, dressed warm in my flannel, had curled up to watch it, on the Fox News Channel. I...
  • Big push to halt death penalty ((Williams') execution marks the beginning of the end of the D/P)

    12/14/2005 5:14:22 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 42 replies · 1,166+ views
    The Argus ^ | : 12/14/2005 02:58:58 AM | Josh Richman
    Even before convicted murderer, Crips gang co-founder and anti-gang activist Stanley Tookie Williams was executed early Tuesday, death-penalty opponents had begun looking ahead to their battle's next phase. Statements issued Monday by groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Death Penalty Focus and Amnesty International excoriated Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for denying Williams clemency, but also urged support for a bill to halt California's executions at least until a bipartisan commission reports at 2007's end on the death penalty's fairness. The Assembly Public Safety Committee is scheduled to hear that bill, AB 1121, on Jan. 10 — exactly one week...
  • No Crip Tonight (Which murders was Tookie Williams executed for?)

    12/13/2005 10:20:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 1,463+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 12/14/2005 | Jay D. Homnick
    The senior partner of the law firm has to leave town, so he entrusts a difficult criminal defense to the young associate. The kid is thrilled to have this chance to prove himself and sure enough, he gets their man acquitted. In his excitement, he fires off a telegram to the senior partner at his hotel: JUSTICE HAS TRIUMPHED. The next morning, he finds a telegram from the old man at the top of his In box: APPEAL AT ONCE. This story comes back to me in pondering the fate of Tookie Williams. Williams, a co-founder of the notorious Crips...
  • The Stanley "Tookie" Williams Vigil at San Quentin, Monday, December 12, 2005

    12/13/2005 6:24:20 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 32 replies · 2,147+ views ^ | 12/13/05 | Zombie
    These photographs and videos were taken outside the gates of San Quentin Prison on the evening of December 12, 2005 during a vigil marking the execution of Stanley "Tookie" Williams, which happened shortly after midnight. Before arriving at San Quentin, I had been under the naive impression that the crowd in front would be evenly split between anti-death penalty protesters and pro-death penalty protesters. I was sorely mistaken. I quickly learned that the crowd was 99% anti-death penalty. And a substantial proportion of them were avowed socialists, since several radical groups showed up en masse…. Full collection of photos &...
  • Reflection On The Execution of Tookie Williams, The Coming Excommunication of the Episcopal...

    12/13/2005 12:48:16 PM PST · by sionnsar · 47 replies · 1,003+ views
    Drell's Descants ^ | 12/13/2005 | Brad Drell
    [Please read through before commenting. --sionnsar] Early today, Stanley “Tookie” Williams was executed by the State of California. Seeing his picture on television and on the internet, I see the faces of hundreds of men to whom I have ministered over the years in prisons in Louisiana. I remain convinced that, because God could redeem me, through his Son, Jesus Christ, that Tookie and men like him can also be redeemed. It is why I oppose the death penalty - Jesus paid that price for us all.Hollywood and the liberal Christian left have decried this execution, but not for the...
  • Iowahawk: Tookie the Ducky Beats The Rap

    12/13/2005 5:05:58 PM PST · by IowaHawk · 7 replies · 1,060+ views
    iowahawk | 12/12/05 | Dave Burge
    A Golden Book ClassicBy Stanley "Tookie" Williams Once upon a time, down a bright sunny alley behind a magical cottage in a faraway kingdom called Compton, lived a little quacky ducky named Tookie. Tookie was brave and strong and all of the other duckies knew to respect him, because otherwise Tookie and his friend Sammy Sawed-Off would mess you up bad, understand? One day, Tookie was feeling very, very sad, because he had run out of Kools. "Who will help me get my Kools?" he said. "I will help you get your Kools!" said Blackie. So Tookie and Blackie drove...
  • Tookie Williams' Execution Coincides Nicely With Need for New Plasma TV

    12/13/2005 12:44:23 PM PST · by Sir Gawain · 20 replies · 1,571+ views
    >>Tuesday December 13, 2005 Tookie Williams' Execution Coincides Nicely With Need for New Plasma TV SACRAMENTO, CA- When California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger denied clemency for condemned prisoner Stanley Tookie Williams on Monday, he re-opened deep, painful racial wounds. Unless leaders in the African American community can somehow find a way to maintain peace in the aftermath of Tuesday's execution, law enforcement sources say widespread violence is a very likely outcome. In just a matter of hours, low-income neighborhoods will burn to the ground, and dozens of young men will die needlessly in clashes with police. On the bright side, however,...
  • *Pleas for Tookie...none for 1500 Aborted Black Babies Everyday* Tue 12-13 on!

    12/13/2005 10:12:29 AM PST · by Bob J · 16 replies · 1,309+ views ^ | 12-13-05 | Bob J
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  • More sadness than anger greets the decision against clemency [Whine]

    12/13/2005 9:18:31 AM PST · by ncountylee · 35 replies · 654+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Dec. 13, 2005 | Patrick May
    LOS ANGELES - As dusk Monday consumed this city, and street lamps cast a jaundiced film over his Christmas tree lot at the corner of Florence and Vermont, Kenneth Smith was thinking about how much he owed the man they were about to execute at San Quentin. It felt strange, knowing Stanley Tookie Williams was going to die, hearing the ghoulish hourly countdown on the news-radio stations. Because in some ways, Smith felt as if he owed his own life to the man who had co-founded the Crips gang 35 years ago. ``Growing up, I read the books he wrote...
  • From rappers, only silence: Hip-hop world ignored ex-Crip founder's cause

    12/13/2005 2:03:24 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 3 replies · 439+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/13/05 | Renee Graham
    (snip)In recent weeks, celebrities such as Jamie Foxx and Danny Glover argued that Williams, on death row for 24 years, deserved clemency for his antigang activism, which has included several books aimed at children and teenagers denouncing gang violence. Among the most prominent voices has been rapper Snoop Dogg, himself a former Crip. ''He inspired me to want to do something positive with my life and to go and touch the kids," the platinum-selling rap star said at a pro-Williams rally outside San Quentin last month. (snip) Still, Snoop has been the only rapper to speak out on Williams's behalf....
  • European Outrage at US Execution (Arnold's Home Town Outraged)

    12/13/2005 7:11:35 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 62 replies · 1,523+ views
    California’s execution of a murderer this morning outraged many in Europe who regard the practice as barbaric, and feelings ran particularly deep in state Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s native Austria. At the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI’s top official for justice matters denounced the death penalty for going against redemption and human dignity. “We know the death penalty doesn’t resolve anything,” Cardinal Renato Martino said. “Even a criminal is worthy of respect because he is a human being. The death penalty is a negation of human dignity.” Capital punishment is illegal throughout the European Union, and many Europeans consider state-sponsored executions...
  • Crime and Punishment

    12/13/2005 6:36:19 AM PST · by John Conlin · 35 replies · 785+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/13/05 | Henry Weinstein and Peter Nicholas
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger did not just reject Stanley Tookie Williams' request for clemency, he aggressively attacked the central element of the former gang leader's case: Williams, he said, had never really reformed.
  • Reporter's Notebook: Inside the Execution Chamber

    12/13/2005 4:25:09 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 38 replies · 1,793+ views ^ | 14 December 2005 | Adam Housley
    SAN QUENTIN, Calif. — FOX News correspondent Adam Housley was one of 39 people who witnessed the Tuesday morning execution of Stanley Tookie Williams. Williams was convicted in 1981 for gunning down convenience store clerk Albert Owens, 26, at a 7-Eleven in Whittier, Calif., and killing Yen-I Yang, 76, Tsai-Shai Chen Yang, 63, as well as the couple's daughter Yu-Chin Yang Lin, 43, at the Los Angeles motel they owned. Williams claimed he was innocent, but witnesses at the trial said he boasted about the killings, saying, "You should have heard the way he sounded when I shot him." This...
  • 'Reformed' US gang leader is executed

    12/13/2005 5:53:52 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 51 replies · 1,930+ views
    Times (London) ^ | 12/13/2005 | Sam Knight, and Chris Ayres
    (Demonstrators outside the gates of San Quentin State Prison protest at the execution of Stanley "Tookie" Williams.) (John G Mabanglo/EPA) Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the co-founder of the notorious Crips street gang, whose apparent rehabilitation in prison opened a bitter debate over the death penalty in America, was executed this morning in California. The 51-year-old died by lethal injection at 12.35am local time (8.35GMT) at San Quentin prison in front of about 50 witnesses, including relatives of the four people he killed in 1979. He asked his own family not to attend. Williams was denied a stay of execution by...
  • Republicans split over whether clemency decision helps governor

    12/13/2005 5:02:15 AM PST · by LouAvul · 14 replies · 296+ views
    sacbee ^ | 12-13-05
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Republicans are divided over whether Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to deny clemency to a death row inmate would help him repair his standing with the party's grassroots, which continues to simmer over his appointment of a Democratic activist to head his staff. Schwarzenegger's decision to allow the execution of Crips co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams to proceed "will definitely help him with the Republican base," said Senate Republican leader Dick Ackerman of Tustin. He was among those upset late last month when an embattled Schwarzenegger picked Public Utilities Commissioner Susan Kennedy, an aide to former Gov. Gray...
  • The Last Hours of Tookie Williams

    12/13/2005 3:51:47 AM PST · by saveliberty · 78 replies · 2,579+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | 12/13/2005 | Captain Ed
      The Last Hours Of Tookie Stanley "Tookie" Williams has run out of options for avoiding his long-delayed execution, having lost both his bid for clemency and his final appeal to the US Supreme Court this evening. Retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor likely got the call, as the 9th Circuit comes under her jurisdiction, which might cool the ardor for her from the Judiciary Committee Democrats at the Alito hearings next month, but really means nothing much at all. Since no one had any significant new arguments to present on Williams' behalf -- supposedly one witness surfaced after over...
  • Have there been any threats of rioting in LA tonight? (Vanity)

    12/13/2005 3:39:06 PM PST · by HHKrepublican_2 · 36 replies · 1,533+ views
    Just wondering, have there been any indications or threats of riots tonight in LA and other areas in response to the tookie execution. I'm sure Al Sharpton can explain how they plan to react peacefully.
  • Executed gang leader's supporters say he deserves a statesman's funeral

    12/13/2005 3:07:05 PM PST · by SmithL · 107 replies · 2,712+ views
    AP ^ | 12/13/5 | KIM CURTIS
    San Francisco -- The argument over whether convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams was a man of peace or a death-row con artist raged on after his execution Tuesday, with supporters announcing they would give him a funeral "befitting a statesman." The 51-year-old founder of the bloody Crips gang died by injection at San Quentin Prison just after midnight for the murders of four people in two 1979 holdups, professing his innocence to the very end, even when an admission of guilt might have helped save his life. His last, best hope was an act of mercy by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger....
  • Gang Founder Claimed Innocence Until the End (Alternate Title- "Tookie Refused to Confess")

    12/13/2005 12:39:29 PM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 41 replies · 1,344+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12/13/05
    Gang Founder Claimed Innocence Until the End By KIM CURTIS, Associated Press Writer Tue Dec 13,11:26 AM ET SAN QUENTIN, Calif. - Stanley Tookie Williams maintained his innocence right up until his death, even when an admission of guilt may have spared him execution. ADVERTISEMENT Even after the courts and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rejected a flurry of Williams' last-ditch appeals before his execution early Tuesday, his supporters vowed to prove his innocence. Williams, the Crips gang co-founder whose case stirred a national debate about capital punishment versus the possibility of redemption, was executed Tuesday morning for killing four people in...
  • New Tookie Books Warn Kids About Lethal Injection

    12/13/2005 2:14:20 PM PST · by NYTexan · 62 replies · 1,942+ views ^ | 2005-12-13 | Scott Ott
    A new series of books by Crips gang founder Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams, attempts to warn children of the dangers of lethal injection. “Just as he did with his books against gang violence,” said an unnamed spokesman for the publisher, “in his new series Tookie taps his personal experience to discourage young people from pursuing the thrill and glamour of the lethal injection lifestyle. Meanwhile, the Rev. Jesse Jackson is on his way to the Vatican to ask that Pope Benedict XVI put Mr. Williams on the fast track to sainthood. The Rev. Jackson praised Mr. Williams, whose killing of four...
  • Europeans Outraged at Schwarzenegger

    12/13/2005 12:50:24 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 134 replies · 2,810+ views
    AP ^ | December 13, 2005 | VANESSA GERA
    The execution of convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams sparked outrage Tuesday throughout Europe, which has a deep aversion to capital punishment sustained by the painful memory of state-organized murder during the Nazi era. The disappointment was particularly strong in Austria, native country of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, where many had hoped the former bodybuilder and film star would spare the 51-year-old Williams. Leaders of Austria's opposition Green Party even called for Schwarzenegger to be stripped of his Austrian citizenship _ a demand rejected by Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel as "absurd" despite his government's opposition to the death penalty. Capital punishment is illegal...

    12/13/2005 10:11:12 AM PST · by NotchJohnson · 42 replies · 1,793+ views
    neal nuze ^ | 12/13/05 | neal boortz
    WHEN I'M WRONG, I'M WRONG It looks like I missed on two predictions yesterday. First, Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't grant clemency to the murderous Tookie Williams. He was put to a much-deserved death last night.. It only took the State of California 24 years to carry out a sentence entered in 1981. Williams should have been shot-gunned to death, the same way his victims did. Second, there was no rioting in Los Angeles. Everyone's flat-screen TV and Ibox seems to be safe, for now. Someone correctly opined yesterday that it was too cold in Los Angeles for riots right now. The...
  • THE TOOKIE FILES: NOTES ON THE FREAK SHOW (Jesse Jackson doesn't know victims' names)

    12/13/2005 9:46:20 AM PST · by doug from upland · 69 replies · 2,871+ views
    michelle malkin dot com ^ | 12-12-05 | Michelle
    THE TOOKIE FILES: NOTES ON THE FREAK SHOW By Michelle Malkin   ·   December 12, 2005 11:40 PM ***scroll for rolling updates*** It's a zoo outside San Quentin prison, where convicted murderer/Crips gang co-founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams is scheduled to die by injection at San Quentin Prison at 12:01am Pacific time for murdering four people during two 1979 holdups. Live KPIX video feed outside San Quentin here. (Hat tip: Reader Dave.) Photos via readers and Yahoo!: Jesse Jackson, the racial demagogue-turned-wannabe Death Row gawker, is desperately lobbying to be one of Tookie Williams' execution witnesses, according to cable news reports. Reader...
  • Emotions run high outside San Quentin's gates [«Dead man walking» - Sean Penn, crying!]

    12/13/2005 9:21:23 AM PST · by Goldwater-Reagan Republican · 132 replies · 3,731+ views
    As the crowd outside San Quentin State Prison was told after midnight this morning that Tookie Williams was dead, a lone voice cried out, "Shame." Then the throng took up the chant, "Tookie, Tookie, Tookie, Tookie." "Despite what happened tonight, people do not feel defeated, as you can hear," said Jeff Boyette of San Francisco, a Williams supporter in his 20s. "I think people see tonight just how unjust the system is," added Sarah Poole, another young death penalty opponent from San Francisco. Moments earlier, as the execution time neared, there were tears as people sang "We Shall Overcome." With...
  • Execution, brutality, media play denounced (Ward attacks Arnold re: Tookie - w/pic)

    12/13/2005 8:30:40 AM PST · by add925 · 82 replies · 2,006+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 12/13/05 | Felisa Cardona and Amy Herdy
    A few dozen people gathered in front of the state Capitol on Monday to protest the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams and also to denounce police brutality and what they say is poor media coverage of that issue. The rally was organized by Earl Armstrong, whose brother, Thomas Charles Armstrong, was injured during an encounter with Denver police on Nov. 11. Thomas Armstrong was scheduled to appear at the rally but did not show up. "He's signing off the life and death of a man he's not fit to lick the boots of," Churchill said.
  • Europeans outraged at Williams execution [Tookie Stadium]

    12/13/2005 8:44:38 AM PST · by minus_273 · 121 replies · 3,282+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/13/05 | AP
    VIENNA, Austria - California's execution of Stanley Tookie Williams on Tuesday outraged many in Europe who regard the practice as barbaric, and politicians in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's native Austria called for his name to be removed from a sports stadium in his hometown. At the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI's top official for justice matters denounced the death penalty for going against redemption and human dignity. "We know the death penalty doesn't resolve anything," Cardinal Renato Martino told AP Television News. "Even a criminal is worthy of respect because he is a human being. The death penalty is a negation of...
  • Political aftermath of Schwarzenegger's decision (helps ease growing anger within GOP base)

    12/13/2005 8:42:07 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 30 replies · 629+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | December 13, 2005 | Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will likely pay a political price for his decision Monday to deny clemency to Stanley Tookie Williams III, although less so than if he had spared the four-time convicted murderer and gang founder, Republican officials and analysts predict. (snip) The political fallout began shortly after Schwarzenegger announced his decision, with black leaders publicly criticizing the governor for what they dismissed as a political ploy. "It is clear that we have no voice and no standing with this governor," said NAACP California State Conference President Alice Huffman. She accused Schwarzenegger of clearing the way for Williams to be...
  • 'This was not a man who went meekly': An eyewitness account of Stanley Tookie Williams' execution

    12/13/2005 8:28:45 AM PST · by indcons · 311 replies · 8,152+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | Dec. 13, 2005 | Kevin Fagan
    The execution of convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams was a defiant, determined and messy affair -- surprising right up to the bitter end, just like his unfortunate life. From the moment five guards walked him into the death chamber at 11:59 p.m. until 36 minutes later when Williams' heart stopped beating, the 51-year-old former gangster and his supporters tried their hardest to get through his final minutes on earth on their own terms. And they succeeded, as well as could be done under the circumstances -- and certainly more than in any of the 11 other executions since 1992, when...
  • L.A. Crips gang founder executed in Calif.

    12/13/2005 7:12:49 AM PST · by kellynla · 78 replies · 2,869+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 12/13/2005 | KIM CURTIS
    SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) -- Convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams, the Crips gang co-founder whose case stirred a national debate about capital punishment versus the possibility of redemption, was executed early Tuesday. Williams, 51, died at 12:35 a.m. Officials at San Quentin State Prison seemed to have trouble injecting the lethal mixture into his muscular arm. As they struggled to find a vein, Williams looked up repeatedly and appeared frustrated, shaking his head at supporters and other witnesses. "You doing that right?" it sounded as if he asked one of the men with a needle. After he was declared dead,...
  • EDITORIAL: Governor's right call

    12/13/2005 7:44:47 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies · 696+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/13/5 | Editor
    THE MOST DIFFICULT DECISION a governor ever has to make is whether to grant clemency to a condemned convict. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made such a decision on Monday. He made the right call when he refused to spare the life of Stanley "Tookie" Williams. We do not say that blithely. Frankly, we cannot imagine having to make such a call. But we also cannot conceive of telling the family members of the dead that Williams had somehow redeemed himself by writing some children's books. Williams' case became national news because while in prison he has worked to steer children away...
  • EDITORIAL: Without mercy

    12/13/2005 7:40:35 AM PST · by SmithL · 34 replies · 1,156+ views
    GOV. ARNOLD Schwarzenegger once characterized his conflicted feelings about the death penalty as a duel between his "Austrian brain and the American brain." He recalled that capital punishment was an "absolute no-no" in his native Austria. On Monday, his "American brain" prevailed. He refused to get in the way of the execution of 51-year-old Stanley Tookie Williams, the founder of the Crips street gang and convicted killer of four people during two 1979 robberies. Schwarzenegger scoffed at Williams' claims of innocence. He noted that Williams' appeals have been "thoroughly reviewed" in the 24 years since his conviction. The governor was...
  • Granting Williams clemency could have cost Schwarzenegger even more GOP support

    12/13/2005 7:36:28 AM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 552+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/13/5 | Mark Martin, Carla Marinucci
    Sacramento -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's rejection of Stanley Tookie Williams' clemency plea Monday, after several public statements last week indicating he was wrestling with the decision, was a strongly worded rebuke that left little doubt about the governor's feelings: Williams deserved to die. In a six-page statement, Schwarzenegger insisted Williams was guilty of the four crimes for which he was convicted and brushed aside the Crips founder's redemption as a children's book author and anti-gang crusader. The decision was not a surprise to political experts who said the governor had little to gain by sparing Williams. Facing a rebellion among...
  • Tookie Responsible for More than Just Four Murders

    12/13/2005 7:23:46 AM PST · by talkshowamerica · 14 replies · 592+ views
    The Talk Show American ^ | 12/13/2005 | J.R.
    by JR Tookie Williams, the co-founder of the violent Crips street gang, was executed by lethal injection at 12:01 AM for the 1979 robbery murders of four people in Los Angeles. The execution went ahead as scheduled after the U.S. Supreme Court late Monday rejected a last-minute appeal. The high court's ruling followed California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to deny clemency for Williams. "Based on the cumulative weight of the evidence, there is no reason to second-guess the jury's decision of guilt or raise significant doubts or serious reservations about Williams' convictions and death sentence," Schwarzenegger said in a five-page...
  • US executes death row activist, after high-profile campaign ["Tookie, My Hero" Gag Alert!]

    12/13/2005 6:19:11 AM PST · by Brilliant · 63 replies · 1,391+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | December 13, 2005 | AFP
    SAN QUENTIN, United States (AFP) - US authorities have executed convicted killer Stanley "Tookie" Williams after one of the biggest anti-death penalty campaigns in the country for decades. Williams, executed by lethal injection at San Quentin prison, was declared dead at 12:35 am (0335 GMT) on Tuesday, a prison spokeswoman said. Several thousand people gathered outside the prison south of San Francisco raised their voices in anger when the news was announced. "It's over, but it's not," said civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, one of several high-profile figures to have supported Williams in his quest to avoid execution. "He came...
  • Asner Says He Faced Fox "Lynch Mob"

    12/13/2005 5:56:30 AM PST · by frankjr · 84 replies · 3,346+ views
    TV Newser ^ | 12/13/05 | Brian Stelter
    Actor Ed Asner, a death penalty opponent, appeared on Court TV today to talk about the Stanley "Tookie" Williams case. He said he felt like he was appearing before a lynch mob when he appeared on Fox recently: "...I would be amazed if he did commute. It just strikes me that you know we go through these dog and pony shows all the time. It gives me an opportunity to appear before your cameras and spout and it gives other people a very good platform to spout. I must say that on your program from the guests that you've had...
  • SF Chronicle on Tookie Execution: Candle-Holding Hymn Singers vs. "Hang the Bastard" Types

    12/13/2005 4:05:24 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 74 replies · 2,236+ views
    SF Chronicle/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein December 13, 2005 - 06:31. Judging from this article by SF Chronicle staff writer's Leslie Fulbright, which Drudge posted, perhaps Tookie should have been canonized and supporters of the death penalty punished in his stead. The headline set the tone: "Tears, anger, silence at protesters' candlelight vigil; Speakers read from Williams' anti-gang children's books." The article depicted candle-holding Tookie supporters bravely fighting the cold and singing hymns along with Joan Baez. On the other side? A couple of shock jocks screaming 'kill Tookie', a professional pro-death penalty demonstrator, and a guy with a "Hang the Bastard" sign....
  • DFU SONG: Christmas 2005 - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Jesse Jackson outside Tookie's house)

    12/12/2005 11:58:31 PM PST · by doug from upland · 7 replies · 390+ views
    DFU CHRISTMAS 2005 SONGS | 12-2005 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MIDI - I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS I saw Jesse Jackson, camera whore...just outside the walls of Tookie's house He showed his pearly was really quite a sight For lowlife Tookie Williams he was putting up a fight Oh, I saw Jesse Jackson, camera whore...that race-baiter is a piece of work We wondered, was his mistress you really think he'd dare Jesse Jackson's such a phony jerk I saw Jesse Jackson, camera whore...he was asked to give the victims' names He's taken by surprise...he could not believe his eyes The only answer heard was that he...
  • Coloradans Protest 'Tookie' Williams Execution (Ward Churchill)

    12/12/2005 9:40:52 PM PST · by beaversmom · 65 replies · 1,892+ views
    CBS4Denver ^ | December 12, 2005 | Rick Sallinger
    <p>The fight to spare death row inmate Stanley 'Tookie' Williams' life has reached from California all the way to Colorado.</p> <p>Anti-death penalty protestors held a rally at the state capitol Monday afternoon in hopes that Williams' life would be spared.</p>
  • ANALYSIS: Governor's clemency denial draws muted reaction

    12/12/2005 9:33:15 PM PST · by SmithL · 27 replies · 560+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/12/5 | Laura Kurtzman
    SACRAMENTO - When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger denied clemency to Stanley Tookie Williams, the political backlash was muted and predictable. It came from those who have long been opposed to the death penalty and some leaders in the African-American community -- but hardly anyone else. Even the Democrats challenging him in next year's governor's race had nothing critical to say. "I respect the governor's difficult decision," said Controller Steve Westly, who supports the death penalty, just like Schwarzenegger. Treasurer Phil Angelides, who also supports the death penalty -- as do two out of every three California voters -- was silent. The...
  • Execution protest crowd growing

    12/12/2005 9:29:18 PM PST · by SmithL · 144 replies · 2,808+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/12/5 | Karl Fischer and Mike Adamick
    Isolated in a death-watch cell, Stanley Tookie Williams is spending his final hours reading mail and waiting for his scheduled midnight execution, as a protest grows outside the gates of San Quentin Prison. The mail includes between 55 to 75 letters from spiritual advisors. Though he declined a last meal, corrections officials delivered the prison's scheduled dinner anyway - chili mac, green beans, a roll and iced tea. Williams initially said he didn't want to invite witnesses to the 12:01 a.m. execution, but changed his mind in the evening. Corrections officials wouldn't disclose the names of his five witnesses. Just...
  • Dozens of protesters gather outside prison gates (BARF alert)

    The candles flickered outside the gates of San Quentin state prison Monday night as the minutes ticked down to midnight and the scheduled execution of Stanley Tookie Williams. More than 100 death penalty opponents stood or sat in the middle of the two-lane road leading to the prison gates, waving signs, shivering in the cold and trying to ignore a pair of Los Angeles shock jocks who were broadcasting live and screaming, "Kill Tookie,'' into their microphones. The protesters, a determined but relatively small band, were outnumbered by the army of reporters and photographers, some from Europe and Asia, who...
  • Experts dispute Williams claim of founding Crips

    12/12/2005 8:17:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 48 replies · 2,457+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 12, 2005 | Dan Whitcomb
    LOS ANGELES, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The debate over the imminent execution of Stanley Tookie Williams hinges partly on his claim that he founded the notorious Crips street gang -- then renounced a criminal life in a quest for redemption. Though Williams, who is scheduled to die on Tuesday, maintains his innocence in the four 1979 murders that landed him on death row, he takes credit for founding the Crips a decade earlier with another teenager, Raymond Washington, and says he now regrets his role. Prosecutors question the 51-year-old Williams' sincerity in repudiating the Crips. Experts say the convicted killer...
  • This is one of those exceptions...

    12/12/2005 8:57:17 PM PST · by MoFiZiX Gr4FiX · 13 replies · 597+ views ^ | December 13, 2005 | MoFiZiX Gr4FiX
    As a Catholic, I hold a respect for all human life; even that which has not demonstrated itself worthy of such. My case in point is one Stanley Williams (aka. “Tookie”). This man helped form one of the most ruthless and bloodthirsty street gangs in modern history. Although, after roughly an hour worth of searching, I can’t find any solid statistics to back up the vast number of claims circling the internet, from what I gather, the group is responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people, not-to-mention the thousands of youths whose lives have been destroyed by...
  • Kill and Kill Again ( I figured CA Freepers woudl appreciate my latest :)}

    12/13/2005 8:08:03 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 8 replies · 573+ views
    Intellectual Conservative .com ^ | 13 December 2005 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Kill and Kill Again was the title of a 1981 martial arts movie with a lot of bad actors. The chorus of disapproval about executing convicted murderer and gang founder Tookie Williams also featured a lot of bad actors. It also featured a lot of stupid actors and a lot of sanctimonious actors. Among them were Mike Farrell, Susan Sarandon, Jamie Foxx -- and one actor who is not the celluloid variety, Jesse Jackson. Their mantra is nothing more than the same hackneyed, debunked myths about capital punishment that have been said for years. They repeat the same lies and...
  • Governor Didn't Believe Williams Had Reformed

    12/12/2005 9:54:28 PM PST · by Daralundy · 62 replies · 1,482+ views
    LA Slimes ^ | December 13, 2005 | Henry Weinstein and Peter Nicholas
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger did not just reject Stanley Tookie Williams' request for clemency, he aggressively attacked the central element of the former gang leader's case: Williams, he said, had never really reformed. Over the last decade, Williams had become famous based on his account of how he went from a gang leader to an anti-gang crusader who had written books aimed at steering young people away from crime. That life story was at the heart of Williams' request for clemency. Schwarzenegger rejected it entirely, suggesting Williams' redemption claim was "hollow." The governor laid out his case in a five-page statement...
  • Stanley Tookie Williams executed

    12/13/2005 12:47:16 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 502 replies · 17,666+ views ^ | 12/13/05 | CNN
    Stanley Tookie Williams executed Crips gang co-founder put to death for 4 murders Tuesday, December 13, 2005; Posted: 3:38 a.m. EST (08:38 GMT) SAN QUENTIN, California (CNN) -- Convicted killer and Crips gang co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams was executed early Tuesday at the California state prison at San Quentin. The execution went ahead as scheduled after the U.S. Supreme Court late Monday rejected a last-ditch appeal. The high court's ruling followed California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to deny clemency for Williams, 51, who received a lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday (3:01 a.m. ET).
  • Calif. killer turned peacemaker Williams executed (Tookie)

    12/13/2005 2:27:03 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 81 replies · 1,843+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/13/05 | Adam Tanner
    SAN QUENTIN, California (Reuters) - California prison officials executed Stanley Tookie Williams, 51, the ex-leader of the Crips gang who brutally killed four people in 1979, early on Tuesday after top courts and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rejected final appeals to spare his life. The execution by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco followed a frenzied but failed effort to reopen the case by supporters of Williams, who repudiated gang life during his 24 years on Death Row. The case has generated widespread interest and fierce debate over the death penalty in the United States because...
  • Anti-death penalty protests grow as [Tookie] Williams' execution nears

    12/12/2005 11:33:36 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 363 replies · 8,576+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/12/05 | Paul Chavez
    Anti-death penalty protests swelled Monday after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger denied clemency for Stanley Tookie Williams, the Crips co-founder convicted of four murders. Only a dozen protesters rallied outside Northern California's San Quentin State Prison shortly after Schwarzenegger's afternoon decision was announced, but the crowd grew to more than 1,000 late into the night. In contrast, the streets of South Los Angeles, where Williams' Crips gang and their deadly rivals, the Bloods, came to prominence in the 1980s, were quiet. Williams was scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Rallies and vigils were held throughout the state in the hours...
  • FULL Statement denying Tookie clemency from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (MUST READ)

    12/12/2005 8:25:48 PM PST · by cgk · 72 replies · 4,249+ views
    SD Union Tribune ^ | 12-12-05 | Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
    ASSOCIATED PRESS 2:36 p.m. December 12, 2005 Here is the complete statement by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger denying clemency for Stanley Tookie Williams. Stanley Williams has been convicted of brutally murdering four people during two separate armed robberies in February and March 1979. A California jury sentenced him to death, and he is scheduled for execution on December 13, 2005. During the early morning hours of February 28, 1979, Williams and three others went on a robbery spree. Around 4 a.m., they entered a 7-Eleven store where Albert Owens was working by himself. Here, Williams, armed with his pump-action shotgun, ordered...