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  • WHY hire communicist Czar? Founding member of unsavory left-wing pressure group Color of Change

    08/15/2009 8:44:32 AM PDT · by bareford101 · 3 replies · 393+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | August 12, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    The particularly unsavory left-wing pressure group Color of Change has an axe to grind with Glenn Beck — and it’s personal. The extremist racial grievance group isn’t happy that Beck did several news packages on Van Jones, President Obama’s controversial green jobs czar who describes himself as a communist. (Green really is the new red.) Jones is a founding board member of Color of Change, but Color of Change doesn’t want you to know that. Maybe having an avowed America-hating radical on the group’s board is bad public relations. The group deleted references to Jones on its “about” page. That...
  • Those cut and run Democrats

    01/11/2006 4:32:21 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 3 replies · 496+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | Wednesday, January 11, 2006 | RICK REISS
    Those cut and run Democrats By: RICK REISS - For The Californian What happened to the Democratic Party? There is nothing intellectual or patriotic coming from the party that once hailed such great leaders as Jefferson, Roosevelt and Kennedy. Here are some words from today's Democrats on issues of war in the face of Islamic fascism: -- "The idea that we are going to win this war is an idea that unfortunately is just plain wrong." ---- Howard Dean. -- "And there is no reason, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the...
  • 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...
  • You Know You're a Leftist When ...

    12/19/2005 6:12:53 AM PST · by reg45 · 10 replies · 535+ views
    Original | 12/19/2005 | Self
    You know you're a leftist, if you were more saddened by the death of "Tookie" Williams than by the death of Pope John Paul II.
  • No More Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium?

    12/18/2005 5:07:08 PM PST · by wagglebee · 15 replies · 595+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 12/18/05 | AP
    Political parties in California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Austrian hometown have started a petition drive to remove his name from a sports stadium. The dispute stems from the governor’s decision to deny clemency to Stanley Tookie Williams. The co-founder of the Crips gang was executed early Tuesday in San Quentin State Prison for four 1979 murders. Opposition to the death penalty is strong in Austria, and the once-popular Schwarzenegger has lost much of his shine since becoming California governor for refusing to spare convicted murderers on death row. The outcry was especially sharp after the clemency denial for Williams, who had...
  • 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.
  • Communists For Tookie

    12/15/2005 8:41:13 AM PST · by BronzePencil · 21 replies · 977+ views ^ | 12/15/05 | 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Tookie Williams -- Angels With Dirty Faces

    12/13/2005 3:21:31 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 12 replies · 1,093+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 12/13/05 | self
    Tookie would have been a man if he went out like Cagney in "Angels With Dirty Faces". **** In the memorable final moments of the film, shortly before the hour of his death, Jerry (Pat O'Brien) visits Rocky (James Cagney) in his cell for a final ten minutes and asks for a courageous favor. Rocky downplays his impending death, and makes macho jokes about his electrocution, practicing his last words: It's like sitting in a barber chair. They're going to ask me, 'You got anything to say?' and I say, 'Sure. Give me a haircut, a shave and a massage...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • L.A. debates governor's decision as execution nears

    12/12/2005 4:04:06 PM PST · by indcons · 37 replies · 1,040+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Dec. 12, 2005 | Patrick May
    LOS ANGELES - As word spread Monday afternoon that Gov. Schwarzenegger had turned down Stanley Tookie Williams' last-ditch bid for clemency, reaction on the streets where Williams launched the Crips gang 35 years ago was muted. Some residents were saddened by the news, saying the governor had missed a golden opportunity to show true compassion hours before Williams' scheduled execution just past midnight. Others, though, felt anything but compassion for the man whose legacy in south central Los Angeles stills seems like nothing but gang colors, bullets and blood.
  • Williams Waits on Gov.'s Clemency Decision (Tookie Update! Gov says NO to clemency)

    12/12/2005 12:13:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 1,649+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/12/05 | David Kravets - ap
    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...

    12/12/2005 10:45:34 AM PST · by commish · 1,455 replies · 77,313+ views
    Fox news | Dec 12, 2005
    Gov. Shwarzeneggar expected to make announcement on Tookie Williams Execution Clemency shortly according to Fox News.
  • Freep Governor Schwarzennegger 1-916-445-2841, Will he be "Girly Man" or the "Terminator" w/ Tookie

    12/12/2005 5:34:42 AM PST · by TheEaglehasLanded · 17 replies · 482+ views
    vanity | December 12, 2005 | the eagle has landed
    When the 9th Circus says it's ok to go ahead with the execution, a bunch that has opposed most capital punishment it seems like an easy call. 26 years of appeals, 4 murders directly and thousands more indirectly by starting the Crypts gang. If writing childrens books gets you off death row I can see a bunch of new authors coming out.
  • 2nd Crip Busted In Senseless iPod Murder (They need to download Tookie's kiddie audiobooks)

    12/11/2005 8:22:39 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 15 replies · 1,081+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 11, 2005 | HEATHER GILMORE
    Six months after a 15-year-old boy was slain by thugs over a $200 iPod, a second alleged Crip gang member is charged with his murder — as the boy's devoted parents vow to help keep a Brooklyn neighborhood safe from gangs. "People are afraid, but they're starting to come forward. I'm thankful there's been a break in the case," said father Errol Rose, 53. On July 2, Christopher Rose was on his way to a Fourth of July pool party in Pennsylvania. He was listening to a friend's iPod while walking two blocks away from his mother's home in East...
  • Tookie Williams seeks stay of execution

    12/11/2005 2:25:45 PM PST · by indcons · 50 replies · 1,050+ views ^ | Dec. 11 2005 | News Staff
    A lawyer for convicted murderer and co-founder of the Crips street gang Stanley Tookie Williams, who is scheduled to be put to death Tuesday, is asking the California Supreme Court to stay his execution. Pasadena Attorney Verna Wefald also filed a 150-page petition Saturday challenging the validity of the four convictions and death sentences meted out to Williams in 1981, the Los Angeles Times reported. Williams has been the subject of a celebrity-studded clemency campaign -- including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx -- based on a claim that he has redeemed himself with anti-gang work from death...
  • One victim's family tells of its pain

    12/11/2005 9:03:08 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 15 replies · 727+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/10/2005 | Crystal Carreon
    One victim's family tells of its pain Convict's supporters forget lives he stole, members of Owens family say By Crystal Carreon, SACRAMENTO BEE Inside Bay Area The young man had gone West, to California, far from the Missouri snow and stress of a divorce. But Albert Owens would often call his old home to hear a familiar voice. "The last thing I remember Al saying to me," recalled Linda Owens, his former wife, "was 'Take care of my babies.'" Two weeks later Albert Owens was dead. He was found in the storage room of a 7-Eleven in Whittier, killed by...
  • Schwarzenegger still undecided on clemency

    12/10/2005 7:13:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies · 1,036+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/10/05 | Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will not decide on Saturday whether to grant clemency to former Crips gang leader Stanley Tookie Williams, who is slated to be executed on Tuesday for murdering four people in 1979, his office said. Barring clemency or last-minute court intervention, officials will administer a lethal injection to Williams at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday in the death chamber at San Quentin State Prison. The case has generated widespread interest and fierce debate over the death penalty in the United States because Williams, 51, has written a series of books warning young people against...
  • South Central's hope: clemency for Williams [Tookie]

    12/09/2005 10:48:27 PM PST · by SmithL · 44 replies · 2,434+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/9/5 | Peter Fimrite
    For residents of gang-ravaged area, debate on founder of Crips centers on transformation. Los Angeles -- In the heart of South Central Los Angeles, a place so immersed in the gang lifestyle that even the schools are affiliated with either the Crips or the Bloods, Shiloh Badili paints. The 52-year-old muralist, like many others in this impoverished flatland, knows what it is like to mourn a relative killed by what he calls "the meanness." He also knows, as everybody here knows, that Stanley Tookie Williams, the man scheduled to be executed Tuesday morning at San Quentin State Prison, played a...
  • LA County DA Statement on Tookie Williams dated 11/16/2005

    12/09/2005 12:54:16 PM PST · by rlmorel · 20 replies · 674+ views
    LA County District Attorney's Office ^ | 11/16/2005 | Steven Cooley, LA County DA et al
    I. INTRODUCTION On February 28, 1979, Stanley Williams murdered Albert Lewis Owens during a robbery of a 7-Eleven convenience store. On March 11, 1979, Stanley Williams murdered Tsai-Shai Yang, Yen-I Yang and Yee-Chen Lin during a robbery at their family run motel, the Brookhaven. In March of 1981, a jury convicted Stanley Williams of the first-degree murder and robbery of Albert Lewis Owens, the first-degree murders of Tsai-Shai Yang, Yen-I Yang and Yee-Chen Lin, and the robbery of Tsai-Shai Yang. The jury also found true the allegations that Williams personally used a shotgun during the commission of each of the...
  • [Tookie] Williams' fate now up to governor-State prepares for possible violence if execution occurs

    12/09/2005 7:30:04 AM PST · by SmithL · 97 replies · 2,261+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/9/5 | Mark Martin
    Sacramento -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger spent more than an hour with lawyers for Stanley Tookie Williams and prosecutors pushing for his death sentence Thursday, hearing final arguments before he makes a decision on Williams' bid to avoid lethal injection. Schwarzenegger now has fewer than four days to weigh Williams' past as a convicted four-time murderer and gang leader against his present work as an anti-gang crusader. Williams, who has written eight children's books from his Death Row cell, is pleading for clemency based on his value as "a unique voice'' against street violence, one of his attorneys said. The hearing,...
  • Moonbat Professor Nominates Tookie Williams for Nobel Peace Prize - Again

    12/08/2005 9:48:04 PM PST · by ordinaryeverydaychristian · 5 replies · 419+ views
    Ordinary Everyday Christian ^ | December 8, 2005 | Bruce Armstrong
    If at first you don't succeed in getting a once-respected international award for a four-time murderer, try a fifth time. That seems to be the motto of moonbat professor Philip Gasper, chairman of the philosophy and religion department at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont (northern California). "Professor" Gasper has, for the fifth consecutive year, nominated Stanley "Tookie" Williams for the Nobel Peace Prize. This is actually the sixth time Williams has been nominated, the first nomination coming from a member of the Swiss legislature. Here's the San Francisco Chronicle article on the nomination. I'll point out here, as...
  • Owens' relative shares story (Tookie's first victim)

    12/08/2005 1:13:19 AM PST · by beaversmom · 28 replies · 2,009+ views
    Pasadena Star-News ^ | 12/07/2005 | Sandy Mazza
    Albert Lewis Owens came to Whittier to start over. Recently discharged from the Army and divorced from his wife, who retained custody of the couple's two daughters, he was ready for a new beginning, said his stepmother, Lora Owens. Owens had visited Southern California as a child, and it was the first place he thought of when he decided the time was right for something new. "The divorce was really traumatic. He wanted a new start," "He just thought, going out there, he might be able to get his life back together and make things go right again." So Owens...
  • A 6th peace prize bid for Williams - (Tookie has 'probably saved hundreds of lives') BARF Alert!

    12/08/2005 9:23:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 796+ views ^ | 12/8/05 | Jim Doyle
    For the fifth year in a row, a Bay Area philosophy professor has nominated condemned inmate Stanley Tookie Williams for the Nobel Peace Prize, citing the Crips founder's postconviction writings and other efforts to keep youths from joining gangs. "He's a peacemaker because his message has connected with thousands upon thousands of people," said Philip Gasper, who chairs the philosophy and religion department at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. "Mr. Williams' voice has a resonance and a credibility with children." If his conversion to anti-gang advocacy "is a ruse, it's a ruse that has had a wonderful effect,"...
  • Victims' families: Crips co-founder deserves to die-Governor to hear both sides today (Tookie Alert)

    12/08/2005 9:10:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 771+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 12/8/05 | Kim Curtis - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO – One victim was a young convenience store clerk and military veteran who moved back to California to fight for custody of his daughters. The other three were family members who owned a motel they wanted to sell because the neighborhood had grown rough. For all four, plans to change their lives were cut short by the sawed-off shotgun of Crips co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams during a pair of 1979 robberies in Los Angeles County that have put him on death row. Their stories are part of the pitch prosecutors have made to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to deny...
  • Stop blurring the lines between maniac & martyr (Tookie)

    12/08/2005 5:47:25 AM PST · by AliVeritas · 42 replies · 877+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 12-08-2005 | Stanley Crouch
    Tonight in California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to have a closed meeting with those trying to get Stanley (Tookie) Williams clemency and those in law enforcement who want Williams to meet his end on Tuesday. Williams, who was sentenced to death after being found guilty of murdering four people in 1979, has the dubious honor of being one of the founders of the vicious street gang, the Crips. Still, Williams is being held up as an example of redemption because he has supposedly turned his life around. He has written children's books that speak out against gang violence. But...
  • DISSONANCE: Tookie’s Inhumanity - An argument for sparing a cold-blooded killer

    12/07/2005 9:03:28 PM PST · by SmithL · 42 replies · 1,352+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | 12/8/5 | MARC COOPER
    This week Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will decide whether the convicted murderer and co-founder of the Crips gang, Stanley “Tookie” Williams, lives or dies. But that’s all that should be decided. Not whether Williams has been redeemed. Merely, will he be executed on December 13? I’m a death penalty abolitionist and therefore believe, deeply, that capital punishment is wrong; that it is barbaric, that it belittles all of us, whether or not its victims are innocent or guilty as charged. The celebrity campaign championing Williams, I suppose, is a tactical necessity to draw attention to his case. When Schwarzenegger holds the...
  • Condemned US inmate nominated anew for Nobel Peace Prize [Tookie Williams]

    12/07/2005 7:39:38 AM PST · by SmithL · 99 replies · 1,446+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/6/5
    SAN FRANCISCO - A condemned US inmate who turned from a gang leader to an anti-gang advocate behind bars has been nominated for the 2006 Nobel peace prize, the college professor behind the nomination said. Professor Philip Gasper of Notre Dame de Namur University in California has nominated convicted killer Stanley "Tookie" Williams for the prize five years in a row, according to Alice Kim of the Campaign to Stop the Death Penalty. A Swiss parliamentarian was the first to recommend Williams for the prize, Kim said. "I respect him for his willingness to be public with his stand against...
  • Contacting Gov. Arnold about the execution?

    12/06/2005 11:33:23 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 22 replies · 643+ views
    Have you contacted Gov. Arnold's office about the clemency for Tookie Williams? Last week, I mailed a letter to his Sacramento office, urging him to deny clemency... The media is trying to create the impression that there is a big public support for granting clemency... Gov. Arnold should hear from citizens who want the execution to take place...
  • NAACP Asks Governor To Grant 'Tookie' Clemency

    12/06/2005 12:46:48 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 92 replies · 2,119+ views
    NBC 4 (Los Angeles) ^ | UPDATED: 11:57 am PST December 6, 2005 | Staff
    LOS ANGELES -- Saying he and convicted killer Stanley "Tookie" Williams can become "a powerful force for change," the national leader of the NAACP Tuesday asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant Williams clemency. Williams, the 51-year-old co-founder of the Crips gang, was convicted and sentenced to death in 1981 for the deaths of four people in two separate Southland robberies. He is scheduled to be executed Dec. 13. However, in a rally with local and state NAACP chapter members on the south lawn of City Hall, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President Bruce Gordon said he was...
  • Semi-News: Death Row Drama Gains Star Support

    12/05/2005 4:06:08 PM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies · 301+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 2 Dec 2005 | John Semmens
    Actor Jamie Foxx pleaded for a commuted sentence on behalf of Stanley Tookie Williams, the convicted murderer and Crips gang co-founder. Foxx is not alone. An unusually varied collection of Hollywood stars and other famous names is trying to persuade Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that Williams ought to be spared. His supporters assert that the people Williams killed were unimportant compared to his more recent artistic endeavors on death row. Williams has written nine children's books and established an online project linking teenagers in America and abroad. A Swiss legislator, college professors and others repeatedly have submitted his name for Nobel...
  • Tookie And Moses (Joseph Farah Slams NAACLP's Analogy Of Biblical Hero To Quadruple Murderer Alert)

    12/05/2005 6:16:50 AM PST · by goldstategop · 37 replies · 7,314+ views ^ | 11/05/05 | Joseph Farah
    This just in from the "what-can-you-say?" department. The rhetoric being delivered by the moral reprobates trying to save from execution next week Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the California quadruple murderer and founder of the Crips street gang, is getting even more overheated, hysterical and irrational. In calling for clemency for the monster who should serve as a walking, talking billboard for capital punishment, Jamal Watkins, western regional director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, compared Williams to Moses. I'm not kidding. Moses! What do Williams and Moses have in common? According to Watkins, Moses, too, was "found...
  • [Tookie Williams] Clemency bid to include claims of errors in trial

    12/04/2005 8:37:33 AM PST · by SmithL · 46 replies · 1,894+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/4/5 | John Simerman
    What the jury saw was a musclebound hulk in a 4X jacket. What they heard about was barbaric: two cold-blooded robbery murders within 12 days, four dead and a suspect who was said to laugh hysterically as he mimicked the gurgling last breaths of one victim. Who they heard it from: an alleged accomplice granted immunity, a jailhouse informant, an acquaintance with a checkered criminal past, a friend who later claimed police beat him into testifying. A police expert tied a shell casing from one crime scene to a slide-action 12-gauge shotgun owned by Stanley "Tookie" Williams, but there were...
  • Tookie Williams' timeout

    12/03/2005 5:52:39 PM PST · by bikepacker67 · 84 replies · 1,906+ views
    Union Leader ^ | Kathleen Parker
    THE celebrity rush to save the life of convicted murderer and gang founder Tookie Williams may be the best argument yet for eliminating the death penalty. Dead, he's a martyr; alive and confined for life, he's just another nobody. I have no wish to further elevate Williams in the public eye, but the circus surrounding his Dec. 13 execution date forces reflection. First my bias and other disclaimers: I'm a relatively recent convert from the slow-gas-leak solution to death row crowding to a reluctant capital punishment opponent. I oppose the death penalty for one reason: The state makes mistakes, and...
  • The Witnesses Against 'Tookie' Williams (hate crimes: he called his Asian victims "Buddhaheads")

    12/03/2005 3:56:37 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 36 replies · 2,130+ views ^ | Dec 05 | Charles Montaldo,
    Not only were his crimes atrocious, they were hate crimes, as commonly understood. In describing the shooting of the Asian motel owners, he called them "Buddhaheads". ---- From The People's case rested on strong physical evidence, eyewitnesses, and a series of incriminating admissions made by Williams himself. The following is a summary of some of the evidence in this case, as well as the witnesses that testified against Williams. It was this evidence that led the trial judge to deny the defense 18 motion to dismiss, to deny the defense motion for a new trial, to affirm the jury's...
  • 2nd Look at Bush Service Award: White House panel unaware honoree was on Death Row (TOOKIE)

    12/03/2005 10:24:16 AM PST · by cgk · 56 replies · 2,265+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 8-6-05 | Bob Egelko
    2nd look at Bush service award White House panel unaware honoree was on Death Row Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff WriterSaturday, August 6, 2005A White House council on volunteerism said Friday it's taking another look at how the President's Call to Service Award -- accompanied by a laudatory letter from President Bush -- was issued to Stanley "Tookie" Williams, a California Death Row inmate who has written a series of books warning young people against the gang life. A spokesman for the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation said that neither the council nor Bush had any way of knowing...
  • Death For Tookie?

    12/02/2005 1:34:21 PM PST · by Gribbit · 28 replies · 878+ views
    Gribbit's Word ^ | December 2, 2005 | Gribbit
    The Hollywood guilty left is on the save Tookie band wagon. But let us remember who Stanley "Tookie" Williams actually is. Williams is the founder of the Crips. One of the most dangerous street gangs in America. They have "chapters" in every major and some medium sized cities in this country. And are responsible for hundreds of murders annually. Had this individual never have started this gang, these murders wouldn't have occurred. Next, he's been convicted of 3 counts of murder in the 1st degree: Warning graphic photos Victim #1 Albert Owens Victim #2 Tsai-Shai Yang Victim #3 Ye-Chin LinThis...
  • [Tookie] Williams says he's prepared for death but hopes for life

    12/02/2005 7:58:00 AM PST · by SmithL · 76 replies · 1,813+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/2/5 | Leslie Fulbright
    In interview, condemned killer denies guilt, tells of redemption. Stanley Tookie Williams is not afraid to die. The 51-year-old convicted murderer, who has spent nearly half of his life on Death Row, knows his scheduled execution date is less than two weeks away, but he says he is not fearful, that it's a prospect he has dealt with his entire life. "Being near death is nothing new to me or any other black male," Williams said Thursday during an interview in a visiting room at San Quentin State Prison. "I've been shot and close to death many times. This is...
  • Why Tookie Williams Must Die

    12/01/2005 9:38:49 PM PST · by drill_ANWR · 45 replies · 6,298+ views
    Capital Ideas Blog ^ | 12/1/2005 | Capital Ideas Blog
    These are the grizzly crime scene and autopsy photos released by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office in the case of convivted quadruple murderer and coward Tookie Williams. Hey, Mike Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Snoop Dogg, Bianca Jagger, Jesse Jackson, Margaret Cho, Mike Farrell, Jason Alexander, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Glover, Anjelica Huston, Bonnie Raitt, and Noah Wyle -- Explain Tookie's redemption now?
  • Tookie's tales

    12/01/2005 6:48:08 AM PST · by SmithL · 33 replies · 2,953+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/1/5 | Debra J. Saunders
    LIES SO pervade the campaign waged to "save" convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams that Williams and company don't even bother to cover their tracks when they say things they know aren't true. So, as Williams' Dec. 13 execution date looms and supporters are pressing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant him clemency, the Death Row inmate claimed in an interview Monday with MSNBC's fatuous Rita Cosby that he was convicted by an "all-white jury." That's not true, and Williams knows it. In fact, Williams' own clemency lawyers have stipulated that the jury that convicted him in the 1979 murders of Albert...
  • Justices Refuse Clemency for Crips Founder [Tookie William]

    11/30/2005 4:25:43 PM PST · by SmithL · 68 replies · 3,433+ views
    AP ^ | 11/30/5 | DAVID KRAVETS
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Crips co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams moved one step closer to the death chamber Wednesday when the California Supreme Court refused to reopen his case and halt the state's highest profile execution since the death penalty was reinstated. Williams, in a last-ditch legal move, alleged that shoddy forensic testing and other errors may have wrongly sent him to San Quentin State Prison, where he is scheduled to die by lethal injection Dec. 13. His lawyers asked that justices allow the re-examination of evidence that showed a shotgun registered to Williams was used to kill three people during a...
  • Politics likely to foil push for clemency

    11/30/2005 7:29:18 AM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 575+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 11/30/5 | Laura Kurtzman
    SACRAMENTO - Despite the celebrity push to spare the life of Crips co-founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams, his fate may be sealed by political reality. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has called a private hearing next week to consider granting Williams clemency. But most political observers say that despite the governor's show of concern, he has little to gain and much to lose by preventing the Dec. 13 execution. For all the support Williams has garnered as an anti-gang activist, he is still a convicted murderer in a state where two out of three voters support the death penalty. Williams, 51, was convicted...
  • Activists hail reform of prisoner (Tookie Williams)

    11/27/2005 8:32:43 AM PST · by keat · 30 replies · 665+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | November 27, 2005, 08:11:15 AM PST | Michael G. Mooney
    There undoubtedly are many people who consider Stanley "Tookie" Williams a ruthless and cold-blooded killer, fully deserving the sentence of death by lethal injection awaiting him Dec. 13. But those people, say his supporters, only see the wild-eyed young man of the early 1970s — the co-founder of the notorious Los Angeles Crips street gang. They don't see the man he's become today. A small knot of Modesto activists hope to change all that through a teach-in Saturday on Williams and the transformation they say he's undergone while confined to Death Row at San Quentin State Prison. "He's valuable to...
  • If Life Sentence is Worse than Death Penalty, Why do Tookie's Fans Seek it for Him? [Vanity]

    11/27/2005 5:22:21 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies · 962+ views
    It is fashionable among death-penalty opponents to claim that life in prison without the possibility of parole amounts to worse punishment than the death penalty. For example, Bill Kurtis, host of A&E's "Investigative Reports" who has written a book advocating abolition of the death penalty, asserts that: "Life without parole is bad. Worse than [executing] somebody." If death-penalty opponents truly believe this, then why would the supporters of Tookie Williams be so avidly advocating the commutation of his death sentence to life without parole? It's hard to believe they wish to inflict harsher punishment on Williams. Isn't this proof that,...
  • Gang founder's death row drama gains star support

    11/26/2005 10:26:25 AM PST · by Pikamax · 107 replies · 1,949+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11/26/05 | LYNN ELBER
    Gang founder's death row drama gains star support LYNN ELBER Associated Press LOS ANGELES - Jamie Foxx stepped into the spotlight at his latest movie premiere with more than the usual publicity drill in mind. Don't let it happen, the actor urged - don't let the state of California execute Stanley Tookie Williams, the convicted murderer and Crips gang co-founder who's been recast behind bars in the role of peacemaker. Foxx is not alone. An unusually varied collection of Hollywood stars and other famous names is trying to persuade Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that Williams - who has become a celebrity...
  • Schwarzenegger Mulls Clemency for Williams [Tookie]

    11/25/2005 5:58:18 PM PST · by SmithL · 79 replies · 2,305+ views
    AP ^ | 11/25/5 | DAVID KRAVETS
    San Francisco -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday that he would consider granting clemency to Crips co-founder and convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams. After a private hearing with Williams' lawyers at his Sacramento office, Schwarzenegger said he would meet again on Dec. 8 with the lawyers, Los Angeles County prosecutors and others involved. As governor, he has the authority to commute a death sentence to life without parole. He is not legally obligated to hold a public or private hearing. Schwarzenegger decides clemency requests on a "case-by-case basis," . . .
  • Laureates seek clemency for Death Row inmate [Tookie Williams]

    11/24/2005 6:29:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 189 replies · 2,008+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/24/5 | Lynda Gledhill
    Sacramento -- A bevy of Nobel laureates and celebrities have written a letter urging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to commute the death sentence of Stanley Tookie Williams, himself a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Williams, 51, the co-founder of the Crips gang convicted of four 1979 murders, is scheduled to be executed at San Quentin State Prison on Dec. 13. The letter praises Williams' work as an anti-gang crusader, including writing children's books. "Each year at the holiday season voices the world over cry out for peace," states the letter to the governor. "This year, one of them, a voice of great...