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  • Ashburn: Time to speed up death penalty process

    12/14/2005 9:13:54 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 11 replies · 621+ views
    One Bakersfield ^ | December 14, 2005 | Senator Roy Ashburn
    By Senator Roy Ashburn, 18th Senate District The recent spotlight on the impending execution of multiple-murderer Stanley “Tookie” Williams has once again highlighted the flaws in California’s death penalty law. Williams was put to death at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, after he was denied clemency by Governor Schwarzenegger. Williams was convicted in 1981 of murdering four people and sentenced to death. Yet 26 years after his victims took their final breaths, the killer still lives. His lawyers have continued to maneuver to thwart the sentence duly handed down by a jury of his peers until the very end. Williams’s case...
  • Tookie - On Stage!

    12/12/2006 12:27:09 PM PST · by YourAdHere · 9 replies · 429+ views
    One night only - December 12, 2006, "Tookie: The Legacy, the Peacemaker."
  • Performance will mark one-year anniversary of Tookie's execution

    11/28/2006 3:43:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies · 424+ views
    AP ^ | 11/28/6 | Kim Curtis
    SAN FRANCISCO - The Black Repertory Group will re-enact the execution of Crips co-founder and murderer Stanley Tookie Williams to mark the one-year anniversary of the former gang leader's death by lethal injection. Williams' longtime friend and co-author Barbara Becnel and Shirley Neal, a vice president at The Africa Channel, are co-producing the Dec. 12 event to show what they witnessed as "dramatic and horrific." "This is what the state of California is doing in the name of its people," Becnel told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "We were there. We saw it. Now we want the public to see...
  • Problems Alleged in Execution of Crips Co-Founder

    09/16/2006 9:24:38 AM PDT · by mcg2000 · 145 replies · 3,229+ views
    streetgangs.com via LA Times ^ | September 6, 2006 | Henry Weinstein
    Lawyers for another condemned inmate say Stanley Tookie Williams may have felt horrible pain. Prison officials allowed the execution of convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams to proceed, even though a nurse had failed to hook up a backup intravenous line minutes before authorities delivered the lethal injection drugs, according to court filings made public Tuesday. Defense attorneys for a man on death row at San Quentin cited the problem as part of a legal challenge to California's lethal injection procedure. Later this month, U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel in San Jose will hear the challenge, which asserts that condemned prisoners...
  • (Tookie Williams) Ex-gang leader's ashes spread in Africa

    07/01/2006 5:55:28 AM PDT · by lunarbicep · 34 replies · 800+ views
    sunherald.com ^ | 7/1/2006
    The ashes of executed Crips gang co-founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams were spread in a lake in South Africa in accordance with his will, a friend said. Barbara Becnel, who co-authored children's books with Williams and witnessed his execution, said in a statement Friday that she and Williams' longtime friend Shirley Neal sprinkled the ashes into the lake Sunday in Thokoza Park in the city of Soweto, as Williams had requested. "On his last day of life Stan asked me to spread his ashes in South Africa," Becnel said. "He wanted to return to the motherland." Williams was cremated after his...
  • 1 of 2 executions set for same day stayed by federal judge

    06/27/2006 12:31:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 590+ views
    AP ^ | 6/27/6 | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
    NASHVILLE — Just hours before Tennessee was set to execute two inmates, a federal judge issued a stay of execution for one of the convicted murderers. Judge Todd Campbell halted the Wednesday execution of Paul Dennis Reid and ordered a hearing on whether the inmate is mentally competent to stop appealing his seven death sentences for a string of 1997 murders. In the past 45 years, Tennessee has executed one inmate. Campbell's order Tuesday put a stop — at least temporarily — to the state's preparations to administer lethal injection to two condemned murderers on the same day. Reid, who...
  • Death penalty moratorium supporters try again to block executions

    04/03/2006 7:59:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 237+ views
    AP ^ | 4/3/6 | STEVE LAWRENCE
    SACRAMENTO - Death penalty moratorium supporters will try again this week to put a hold on executions in California, the state with the largest death row in the country. A bill by Assembly members Sally Lieber, D-Santa Clara, and Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood, would bar executions at least until 2008 - after a state commission has reported on ways to improve the accuracy of jury verdicts in criminal cases. The measure is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday by the Assembly Public Safety Committee. The Public Safety Committee approved a similar bill by Koretz and Lieber in January, but that measure...
  • Friends of Tookie Need Your Help (Barf Alert)

    01/31/2006 10:34:14 AM PST · by YourAdHere · 14 replies · 298+ views
    Friends of Tookie Facing Charges Dear Friends, My name is Gloria Ross and my uncle, Anthony Ross is an inmate on San Quentin's Death Row. I have very unfortunate news regarding the situation of approximately eight (8) inmates (figure is yet to be verified) sitting on San Quentin's death row who were very good friends of Stan Tookie Williams. On December 8, 2005, these men (including my uncle) were taken from their cells by guards in riot gear and told that they were going to be questioned and investigated under the charges that they were conspiring to incite a riot...
  • Appeals seek to alter death penalty

    01/24/2006 3:25:24 PM PST · by SmithL · 34 replies · 677+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/24/6 | Claire Cooper
    SAN FRANCISCO - Like so many other administrative complaints made by California prisoners, the one filed by Michael Angelo Morales this month is squeezed onto a one-page prison form. But Morales' message sounds an unusual note of urgency: "My execution by lethal injection is imminent and will be a cruel and unusual form of punishment." Morales has a Feb. 21 date in the death chamber for the rape and murder of a teenage girl in Lodi. In a neat script he explains his "grave concerns." He fears that pancuronium bromide, the second of three drugs administered in executions by California...
  • Reporter's Eyewitness Account of Allen's Execution

    01/17/2006 9:28:37 AM PST · by KingofZion · 51 replies · 1,596+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 17, 2006 | Kevin J. Fagan
    The oldest man to ever enter California's execution chamber met his doom Tuesday the way he'd wanted to: With the faint lilt of Native American chants ringing in the air around him, and loved ones mouthing "I love you" to him as his damaged vision slowly faded to black. A symbolic Indian feather lay on quadruple murderer Clarence Ray Allen's chest for the entire 33-minute execution, rising and falling until the lethal poisons piped into his veins through intravenous tubes stopped his breathing and he at last lay completely still. "Hoka Hey, (an Indian saying meaning) it's a good day...
  • Liberal Lunacy of the Day ~ Renford Reese lauds Tookie Williams

    01/10/2006 7:45:14 AM PST · by Beckwith · 3 replies · 886+ views
    Liberal Lunacy ^ | 1/10/2006 | Beckwith
    Renford Reese is an associate professor of political science at Cal Poly Pomona University, a really big admirer of Crips gang founder and murderer Stanley "Tookie" Williams and the author of an essay entitled, "M.L. King Jr., Tookie Williams: kindred spirits?," in which he favorably compares Tookie to the Rev. King. Dr. Reese's paean, featured on the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin website, laments about the execution of this cold-blooded racist, because, "in his cell in San Quentin, Williams created a series of children's books titled ‘'Tookie Speaks Out Against Gang Violence,'" written with former journalist and Tookie groupie, Barbara...
  • Railcar Killer's Date With Death Set

    01/06/2006 4:59:25 PM PST · by Buffettfan · 16 replies · 3,806+ views
    Local News Houston ^ | 1/6/06 | Local News Houston
    Railcar Killer's Date With Death Set Death Row Inmate To Be Executed On May 10 POSTED: 10:09 am CST January 6, 2006 UPDATED: 2:15 pm CST January 6, 2006 HOUSTON -- Condemned serial killer Angel Maturino Resendiz, the Mexican drifter dubbed the "Railcar Killer," was scheduled Friday to be executed on May 10 for raping and killing a Houston doctor. Maturino Resendiz's lawyer, Jack Zimmermann, objected to the setting of the execution date while an appeal before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is pending, but prosecutor Roe Wilson argued that the appeals process could continue even with an...
  • Another Execution Nears -- Where Are the Protesters? - Clarence Ray Allen

    01/06/2006 7:41:11 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 28 replies · 1,857+ views
    New America Media ^ | Dec 29, 2005 | Jasmyne Cannick
    Editor's Note: African-Americans who rallied for clemency for Stanley "Tookie" Williams must do the same for Clarence Ray Allen, a non-black, 76-year-old blind man just weeks away from execution, the writer says. LOS ANGELES--In the wee hours of the morning on Jan. 17, another man will be put to death by lethal injection in the State of California. This comes exactly 36 days after the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams. But where are the protesters? With less than a month to go before the scheduled execution of a 76-year-old blind, deaf and wheelchair-confined man, there has been no public outcry...
  • Tookie and The Terminator

    01/01/2006 10:35:57 PM PST · by Daralundy · 17 replies · 763+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | January 2, 2006 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    What is it about the fate of convicted killer Stanley "Tookie" Williams that so engrossed the Hollyleft and Euroleft? A founder of the Crips – a Los Angeles criminal gang whose record of murder, rape and robbery makes Al Capone's Cicero crowd look like the Lavender Hill Mob – Tookie was convicted in 1979 of the cold-blooded killing of four innocent people in a pair of robberies. Albert Owens, a 26-year-old Whittier, Calif., 7-Eleven employee, was shotgunned to death. Days later, an elderly Asian couple who ran a motel, Yen-I Yang and Thsai-Shai Yang, and their 43-year-old daughter, Yee Chen...
  • Mark Steyn: Arnold Shows Austrian Politicians How it is Done

    01/01/2006 10:01:05 AM PST · by WatchYourself · 10 replies · 956+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Jan. 1, 2006 | Mark Steyn
    Many of the most heartwarming tales of the holiday season come out of Austria. One thinks of Oberndorf and the little parish church where the organ broke down on Christmas Eve 1818 and so Father Mohr and his organist Franz Gruber wrote a simple song that could be sung with only the accompaniment of a guitar: "Silent Night." One thinks of the von Trapp family saying so long, farewell, auf wiedersehn, adieu to yieu and yieu and yieu and scramming Nazi Salzburg for a new life in Vermont. And now we have a third inspirational story from little Austria. One...
  • Mark Steyn: Like It Is: Tookie goes to Austria ("Tookie Williams" football stadium?)

    12/30/2005 1:57:41 PM PST · by frankjr · 26 replies · 1,243+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/29/05 | Mark Steyn
    Many of the most heartwarming tales come out of Austria. One thinks of Oberndorf and the little parish church where the organ broke down on Christmas Eve 1818 and so Father Mohr and his organist Franz Gruber wrote a simple song that could be sung with only the accompaniment of a guitar: "Silent Night." One thinks of the von Trapp family saying so long, farewell, auf wiedersehn, adieu to yieu and yieu and yieu and scramming Nazi Salzburg for a new life in Vermont. And now we have a third inspirational story from little Austria. One day, a few years...
  • Schwarzenegger erased from Graz [Tookie Williams Barf Alert]

    12/27/2005 1:25:21 PM PST · by indcons · 28 replies · 629+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 27 December 2005 | BBC
    Arnold Schwarzenegger's name has been expunged from the websites of his Austrian hometown in the latest chapter of the row over the US death penalty. The editing came a day after the California governor's name was removed from Graz's main football stadium. Local politicians berated Mr Schwarzenegger - one of Graz's most famous sons - after he refused to pardon a prominent US death row inmate. The governor subsequently made clear he wanted nothing more to do with Graz. He returned a "ring of honour" the city awarded him in 1999 and demanded his name no longer be used in...
  • Snoop Dogg laments Williams' execution

    12/21/2005 3:30:08 AM PST · by beaversmom · 66 replies · 1,788+ views
    Seven News ^ | December 21, 2005 | Peter Prengaman
    US celebrities and rights activists have lamented the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams at his funeral. Hundreds of mourners came to the violence-wracked area of Los Angeles where Williams founded the murderous Crips gang three decades ago. Under heavy police presence, a long line of people entered the 1,500-seat Bethel AME Church. Vendors sold T-shirts with Williams' picture, and a large TV set up in the parking lot allowed the overflow crowd to watch the service. Williams was executed on December 13 despite clemency pleas from celebrities and others who said he had rededicated his life to peace. "It's nine-fifteen...
  • Mayor of Schwarzenegger's hometown begs him not to break ties

    12/20/2005 9:33:17 PM PST · by Hadean · 38 replies · 1,218+ views
    AP Wire ^ | 12.20.2005 | WILLIAM J. KOLE
    VIENNA, Austria - The mayor of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Austrian hometown on Tuesday begged the California governor to reconsider his decision to end ties to the city after locals assailed him for his death penalty stance. Siegfried Nagl, mayor of the southern city of Graz, said he dashed off a letter to Schwarzenegger pleading with him not to return a ring of honor bestowed on him by officials in his birthplace in 1999 and reassuring him that most residents still admire him. "I hope that very soon we'll hear you say, 'I'll be back,'" Nagl told the actor-turned-politician, one of Austria's...
  • Posthumously yours, Stanley Williams*

    12/20/2005 6:35:59 PM PST · by Rabid Dog · 114 replies · 2,248+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | 12/20/05 | David Howard
    Posthumously yours, Stanley Williams* By David Howard December 20, 2005 NOTE: David Howard, of Ojai, is a peace activist and writer who held a candle for Williams at the Ventura County Government Center on the night of the execution. Dear Arnold Schwarzenegger, I've been dead for a few days now. You've probably already forgotten about me and moved on to more important matters like condemning gay marriage, helping the Minutemen keep Mexicans out of California, and preparing another diatribe to deny clemency to Clarence Allen, the 75-year-old blind Choctaw Indian you'll execute Jan. 17. Still, I beseech you -- once...
  • Gang-bangers, celebrities mourn Crips founder (barf alert)

    12/20/2005 5:29:12 PM PST · by flixxx · 38 replies · 1,317+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12 20 05 | ap
    LOS ANGELES - Hundreds of people attended a star-studded funeral Tuesday for executed killer Stanley Tookie Williams in the violence-wracked South Los Angeles section where he founded the murderous Crips gang three decades ago. Under heavy police presence, mourners including gang members flashing hand signs waited in line to enter the 1,500-seat Bethel AME Church. A big TV screen was set up in a parking lot for an overflow crowd. Vendors sold T-shirts with Williams’ picture.
  • Throng mourns executed former gang leader at LA funeral [Tookie Williams]

    12/20/2005 3:08:07 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 71 replies · 1,976+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/20/05 | PETER PRENGAMAN
    Mourners overflowed a church Tuesday for the funeral of executed murderer and Crips gang co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams, listening to eulogies by hip-hop star Snoop Dogg and Rev. Jesse Jackson and a recording of Williams urging peace. As police watched, mourners including gang members flashing hand signs gathered at the 1,500-seat Bethel AME Church in South Los Angeles and in a parking lot where a TV showed the funeral for Williams, who was executed Dec. 13 despite a celebrity-studded campaign for clemency. Snoop Dogg recited a poem, "Until We Meet Again," in which he referred to the execution. "It's nine-fifteen...
  • Dec. 20 JOHN AND KEN SHOW ON KFI - 3PM PACIFIC

    12/20/2005 2:51:31 PM PST · by doug from upland · 14 replies · 666+ views
    KFI 640 LOS ANGELES ^ | 12-20-05 | dfu
    LISTEN TO JOHN AND KEN ONLINE - 3PM PACIFIC Listen and comment. How surprised would you be if they discussed today's Tookie funeral?
  • A Public Goodbye for [Tookie] Williams

    12/20/2005 12:05:40 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 39 replies · 1,526+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/20/05 | Louis Sahagun
    About 2,000 people turn out to view the body of the killer and writer executed last week despite a high-profile campaign to save his life. For many of the mourners filing past the casket Monday, the gray-bearded gentleman in the tailored gray suit and silk tie bore little resemblance to the man they remembered as the muscle-bound, fearsome Crips co-founder, Stanley Tookie Williams. "When I was a kid, Tookie was the most dangerous man in South-Central Los Angeles," recalled Najee Ali, 42, director of Project Islamic Hope, a Los Angeles-based civil rights group. "Looking at him today, I'm reminded that...
  • (story from Ireland) Large crowd expected at Tookie's funeral

    12/20/2005 11:44:27 AM PST · by doug from upland · 31 replies · 878+ views
    Large crowd expected at Tookie's funeral 20/12/2005 - 14:02:42 Few condemned inmates have generated as much public support as Stanley Tookie Williams, and so much post-execution attention. The final send-off for the former gang leader executed last week promises to be no different. A funeral normally reserved for a dignitary or religious leader was scheduled for today, almost exactly a week after Williams was executed by lethal injection for murdering four people during a pair of 1979 robberies. Among those expected to attend the funeral in Los Angeles were the US civil rights leader, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who visited...
  • Semi-News: Sean Penn Weeps over Execution

    12/20/2005 7:27:36 AM PST · by John Semmens · 13 replies · 491+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 16 Dec 2005 | John Semmens
    Actor Sean Penn was among the thousand, or so, protesting the execution of four-time murderer Tookie Williams on Tuesday. As the crowd outside San Quentin State Prison was told after midnight that Williams was dead, Penn broke into tears. “I’ve killed more people in my movies than Tookie killed, but that doesn’t make me a bad person,” Penn said. “Why can’t we see the good in Tookie? He’s written children’s books for Christ’s sake.” Penn admitted he hadn’t read any of Williams’ books, but asserted they must be good because they must have been written with passion. “A person who...
  • 'Twas the Night Before Tookie's Execution

    12/20/2005 6:22:24 AM PST · by nuke rocketeer · 9 replies · 554+ views
    12/16/05 | Unknown
    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 flannell, had curled up to watch it, on the Fox News Channel. I set up my TIVO to record the news station, and thoroughly loved the momentous occasion....
  • Toot, toot, tookie, goodbye

    12/19/2005 8:21:46 PM PST · by Critical Bill · 2 replies · 500+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 17 dec | Burt Prelutsky
    Let me begin by stating that I am in favor of capital punishment. I don’t view it as a deterrent, understand, I consider it the only appropriate punishment for cold-blooded murder. Actually, I have only two objections to it. The first is that the killer with more than one murder to his credit can only be executed the one time. Next, I resent the fact that no matter how much he may have tortured his victims, society has seen fit to send him off as painlessly as possible. I find it bizarre that in a country where mercy killings are...
  • Martyrdom? (Tookie Williams)

    12/19/2005 5:19:06 PM PST · by WJHII · 17 replies · 923+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 12/19/2005 | John Leo
    Martyrdom? By John Leo Dec 19, 2005 “Tookie” Williams, put to death by lethal injection last week in California, was a “legend” who underwent “a meaningful martyrdom that sent a lasting message to the world,” according to old-time leftist Tom Hayden, formerly Mr. Jane Fonda.” Meaningful martyrdom”? What can Hayden be talking about? Martyrs die for a cause. Williams died for executing four unarmed people during two 1979 robberies, shooting a woman in the face, and laughing uncontrollably at the gurgling sounds a male victim made as he died in agony. Opposing the death penalty, of course, means speaking out...
  • Schwarzenegger tells hometown to remove his name from stadium

    12/19/2005 1:52:29 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 84 replies · 2,316+ views
    AP - Monterey County Herald ^ | December 19, 2005 | JENNIFER COLEMAN
    SACRAMENTO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday told officials in his hometown in Austria to remove his name from a sports stadium and stop using his name to promote the city. The governor's request came after politicians in Graz began a petition drive to rename the stadium, reacting to Schwarzenegger's decision last week to deny clemency to condemned inmate Stanley Tookie Williams. Opposition to the death penalty is strong in Austria. In a letter that began "Dear Mister Mayor," Schwarzenegger said he decided to spare the Graz city council "further concern" should he be forced to make other clemency decisions...
  • The wretched excess of the "Save Tookie" campaign

    12/19/2005 10:49:23 AM PST · by doug from upland · 23 replies · 1,317+ views
    seattletimes.nwsource.com ^ | 12-19-05 | John Leo
    The wretched excess of the "Save Tookie" campaign By John Leo AP Rapper Snoop Dogg during a rally for death-row inmate Stanley "Tookie" Williams last month. "Tookie" Williams, put to death by lethal injection last week in California, was a "legend" who underwent "a meaningful martyrdom that sent a lasting message to the world," according to old-time leftist Tom Hayden, formerly Mr. Jane Fonda. "Meaningful martyrdom"? What can Hayden be talking about? Martyrs die for a cause. Williams died for executing four unarmed people during two 1979 robberies, shooting a woman in the face, and laughing uncontrollably at the gurgling...
  • Making a Martyr out of a Murderer (Warning - Language)

    12/19/2005 3:15:40 AM PST · by rdb3 · 15 replies · 301+ views
    Dell Gines ^ | 13 December 2005 | Dell Gines
    Making a Martyr out of a Murderer Blogged under Social Commentary by Dell on Tuesday 13 December 2005 at What will it take for black folk to truly start valuing themselves, and start working in unison to destroy those who devalue them? I ponder that question right now as I reflect on the article I read this morning, L.A. Crips Gang Founder Executed in Calif., by AP writer Kim Curtis. Being that I have only half way followed the Tookie Williams drama, reading this article today brought home the magnitude of psychosis and self-hating behavior so many of us black...
  • The Tookie Vigil: What the Mainstream Media Missed

    12/18/2005 10:15:35 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 423+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 12/18/5 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    The execution of Crips Gang founder and convicted murderer Stanley “Tookie” Williams on December 12th generated an inordinate amount of hysteria from anti-death penalty forces, not to mention the mainstream media coverage, which, as always, skewed leftward. The vigil that took place outside San Quentin on the night of Williams’ execution was attended by such ubiquitous liberal celebrities as actor Mike Farrell, folksinger Joan Baez, and professional race-baiter Jesse Jackson. Brows were beaten, tears were shed, and Governor Schwarzenegger was lambasted for denying Williams clemency. Apparently, all it takes is writing (or more likely having ghost-written) several children’s books and...
  • Stanley Tookie Williams’ Public Viewing

    12/18/2005 10:24:13 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 88 replies · 4,612+ views
    Save Tookie ^ | Dec. 18, 2005 | Staff
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, December 18, 2005 PRESS CONTACT: Jasmyne Cannick (Local Media) (323) 839-0216 jasmynecannick@hotmail.com LaNiece Jones (Int’l and Nat’l Media) (510) 568-5899 lajpr@aol.com Viewing to Take Place on Monday, Memorial Service Slated for Tuesday LOS ANGELES - There will be a public viewing of Stanley Tookie Williams on Monday, December 19, 2005 from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the House of Winston Mortuary located at 9501 South Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles. The memorial service for peacemaker Stanley Tookie Williams will take place Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 12 noon. The service will take place at Bethel...
  • Seeing the humanity in the man-When lights went out during Tookie interview,reporter was illuminated

    12/18/2005 8:24:14 AM PST · by SmithL · 28 replies · 1,357+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/16/5 | Leslie Fulbright
    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...
  • Death penalty debate lifeless in Sacramento (lawmakers left cold by Williams protesters)

    12/18/2005 7:50:57 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 19 replies · 844+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sunday, December 18, 2005 | Mark Martin
    Sacramento -- Amid the uproar over last week's execution of Stanley Tookie Williams, state lawmakers for the most part were notably silent. California politicians largely avoided the death penalty debate as advocates and opponents argued in newspapers and on television over whether the Crips co-founder and eventual anti-gang crusader deserved to live or die, and whether capital punishment was justice or barbarism. A petition asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to spare Williams by granting him clemency was circulated among legislative Democrats, but only nine -- out of 73 in the Assembly and Senate -- signed it. As five Democrats prepare to...
  • Liberals Lose Their Jesus (TOOKIE)

    12/17/2005 4:52:54 PM PST · by WatchYourself · 22 replies · 907+ views
    Capitol Hill Journal ^ | Dec. 17, 2005 | Dustin Hawkins
    In what would turn out to be a horrible blow to the children’s book industry, a murdering gang-founder exhausted all options and was put to death early this week. Judging by the accounts of this murderer’s supporters, you might have been led to believe that Jesus had been accidentally given thelethal injection instead of Stanley “Tookie” Williams. Not even the murders of four innocent people, which he later laughed about, and a co-founding of the most deadly gang in US history would decelerate glowing testimonials from celebrities, a glorifying documentary about his life, and a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. Despite...
  • Death Penalty Redux (a Tom McClintock's column)

    12/17/2005 1:59:19 PM PST · by GOPXtreme20 · 18 replies · 778+ views
    Tom McClintock for Lt. Governor ^ | December 15th. 2005 | Tom McClintock
    Death Penalty ReduxThe execution of Tookie Williams has brought new life to efforts to undermine California’s death penalty law. AB 1121, a two-year moratorium on executions introduced by Assemblyman Paul Koretz will be taken up by the state Assembly on January 10, just a week before 75-year-old convicted killer Clarence Ray Allen is sentenced to die. Koretz argues that the moratorium is necessary to assure that innocent people are not put to death while the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice reviews California’s criminal justice system. But California’s death penalty review process is already the most rigorous and...
  • 2005 KWANZAA CELEBRATIONS (Breaking: Los Angeles King of Kwanzaa found dead!)

    12/16/2005 11:09:33 PM PST · by doug from upland · 47 replies · 1,321+ views
    soul of america dot com ^ | 12-16-05 | Doug from Upland
    ON THIS WEBSITE, YOU WILL FIND THE KWANZAA CELEBRATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. Kwanzaa is celebrated by many families and communities from December 26, 2005-January 1, 2006. For more information on organizing a Kwanzaa Celebration for your family or community, go to the OFFICIAL KWANZAA WEBSITE ========================================================================= There was shocking and heartbreaking news for those planning to attend the Kwanzaa Parade in Los Angeles. Former Los Angeles resident and businessman Stanley Tookie Williams, who had lived in San Francisco for the past 24 years, had recently been chosen "King of Kwanzaa" for the Los Angeles Parade. He had told friends...
  • Where All The Flowers Go

    12/16/2005 8:30:55 PM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies · 601+ views
    The Ebb & Flow Institute ^ | December 15, 2005 | Pile On
    Klaus-Dieter Dubon, a retired Bavarian notary and children's literature expert has unearthed new evidence that Adolph Hitler wrote a book for children during the final months before he took his own life in the waning days of World War II. The book entitled Where All the Flowers Go, is said to be a beautifully woven tale that warns children about the dangers of growing up to be fascist dictators. It is believed that Adolph had intended for the royalties to go to nonprofit agencies that help troubled youths who might otherwise grow up to invade neighboring countries.
  • (adios, Tookie) - Williams Memorial Service Scheduled For Tuesday In Los Angeles

    12/16/2005 5:33:07 PM PST · by doug from upland · 66 replies · 1,223+ views
    nbc11 ^ | 12-16-05
    Williams Memorial Service Scheduled For Tuesday In Los Angeles POSTED: 4:02 pm PST December 14, 2005 UPDATED: 5:25 pm PST December 16, 2005 LOS ANGELES -- A memorial service for Stanley Tookie Williams, the convicted killer who was executed on Dec. 13 at San Quentin Prison, has been scheduled for Tuesday in Los Angeles. The noon service will be held at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and will include large TV screens outside. A statement by Williams' supporters says the guests invited to attend the public service include the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and rapper...
  • NOT OVER YET: Still Angry Over Tookie, Plus: 'FU-v' Host Firing?

    12/16/2005 4:36:44 PM PST · by chuckpez · 2 replies · 398+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | December 19th, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    Think the debate over Tookie Williams ended with his execution? Guess again. Issuing a public challenge, The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable’s Earl Ofari Hutchinson and Jasmyne Cannick have accused KFI's John and Ken of racism. They insist proof is found in the pair's supposed reluctance to insist a white man on death row be quickly put to death: The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable’s Earl Ofari Hutchinson and Jasmyne Cannick have issued a public challenge to controversial radio hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of the John and Ken Show of AM 640 KFI (Los Angeles) to prove that...
  • Red card for Arnie (Tookie fallout)

    12/16/2005 2:16:35 PM PST · by newzjunkey · 20 replies · 746+ views
    This Is London ^ | 16 December 2005 | Oliver Stallwood
    Furious politicians from Arnold Schwarzenegger's home city have turned on him over his refusal to stop the execution of a reformed gangster. Councillors in the Austrian city of Graz yesterday voted to remove the California governor's name from the local football stadium. The move comes after the Terminator star denied clemency to convicted murderer Stanley 'Tookie'Williams, 51, the co-founder of Los Angeles' notorious Crips gang. Graz deputy mayor Walter Ferk said: said: 'It is annoying that we are being criticised because of Schwarzenegger's actions in California. 'It is not exactly admirable for us to be connected with the death penalty....
  • GOP Angry over Schwarzenegger Pick

    12/03/2005 11:25:15 AM PST · by Kenny Bunk · 171 replies · 1,956+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, Dec. 2, 2005 3:22 p.m. EST | Carl Limbacher/Staff
    Top California Republicans are wondering if Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is moving left politically following his appointment to chief of staff of Susan Kennedy – a leading liberal activist and former aide to Democrat Gov. Gray Davis. "We're not moving anywhere," Schwarzenegger says, insisting that he is continuing to go "in the same direction." Some of his Republican colleagues wonder what direction that may be. "I'm getting more e-mails off of this [the Kennedy appointment] than I do for Viagra," said Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, in an interview with the L.A. Times newspaper. "Since the special election,...
  • DFU SONG: Christmas 2005 - Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (parade for Tookie?)

    12/16/2005 12:13:21 PM PST · by doug from upland · 4 replies · 451+ views
    DFU CHRISTMAS 2005 COLLECTION | 12-2005 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    http://www.garyrog.50megs.com/xmas.html MIDI - PARADE OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS The Tookie funeral's set to go You will see famous people whom you know We hope to hear the play by play from John and Ken Sean Penn will be there, we are told And, of course, Snoop Dogg...he is solid gold On KFI they're wishing he'd be killed again Liberals are yelling, but it's not selling They want no death penalty Tookie's injected, it's unexpected There's no Arnold clemency They're never resting...they were protesting Do not let this poor man die Finally this heinous creep...got a shot, went to sleep We...
  • How a lesbian, liberal Democrat turned Tookie's lights out [Melanie Morgan column]

    12/16/2005 10:11:35 AM PST · by Impeach98 · 47 replies · 3,533+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12/16/2005 | Melanie Morgan
    How a lesbian, liberal Democrat turned Tookie's lights out Posted: December 16, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com It was a little after midnight as scores of pro-gang activists gathered in a vigil to honor their hero "Tookie" Williams. I was at this media group-grope at San Quentin prison. As reporters interviewed reporters, I stood watching and waiting for the inevitable nuttiness I knew was going to follow. Aware of the growing passion amongst those in the pro-Crips contingent, I decided to leave before any unruly mobs could materialize with their threats to run down anyone who didn't...
  • Schwarzenegger Proves He's Just A "Girlie-Man"

    12/16/2005 7:31:03 AM PST · by NotchJohnson · 69 replies · 1,471+ views
    Bill Press ^ | 12/16/05 | Bill Press
    Schwarzenegger Proves He's Just A "Girlie-Man" December 15, 2005 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nobody really expected Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to commute the sentence of Stanley “Tookie” Williams. Yes, he went through the motions of meeting with Tookie’s supporters. But that was pure political theater, designed to give the appearance of fairness — when, in fact, he’d already decided to appease California’s blood-thirsty pack of wolves. Arnold’s political advisors told him he had to look tough by upholding the death penalty. But they were dead wrong. Refusing to commute Tookie’s sentence from execution to life in prison without parole didn’t make Arnold look tough....
  • How many books did Tookie sell

    12/15/2005 10:10:39 PM PST · by airedale · 68 replies · 1,996+ views
    I know this is a dead issue and I don't want to flog a dead horse, but I was wondering how many of the children's books that Tookie wrote were actually sold? I know there were 9 of them but not one media source ever said how many of them were sold.
  • Stars to Attend Stanley 'Tookie' Williams' Funeral - ashes to be scattered in South Africa

    12/15/2005 10:48:30 AM PST · by EveningStar · 126 replies · 7,199+ views
    Fox23News ^ | December 15, 2005
    Sean Penn, Snoop Dogg, Jamie Foxx and Danny Glover are among the thousands of mourners expected to turn out for the funeral of executed former gang leader Stanley 'Tookie' Williams early next week.
  • The Redemption of Tookie Williams

    12/15/2005 8:09:40 AM PST · by WatchYourself · 23 replies · 864+ views
    Townhall ^ | Larry Elder
    Stanley "Tookie" Williams, convicted multiple murderer and co-founder of the notorious street gang the "Crips," died via lethal injection at 12:35 a.m. on Dec. 13, 2005, in San Quentin State Prison. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, only hours before Williams' scheduled execution, refused to grant clemency. Who was Stanley "Tookie" Williams, and why did so many people want his life spared? The Crips, co-founded by Williams in 1971, became a national -- indeed, international -- gang responsible for thousands of deaths. In 1981, a jury convicted Williams of murdering four people, and he was sentenced to death. Williams claimed he was...