Monday, December 12, 2005

Tookie To Be Executed

Late last night, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to stop the execution of Tookie Williams:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court late Sunday refused to grant a stay of execution for convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams, meaning the former gang leader who became an outspoken critic of gang violence will be executed early Tuesday unless the governor grants clemency or a last-ditch federal appeal succeeds.

"All we need now is time to investigate to make sure this story is real," said NAACP California President Alice Huffman. "We're hoping and praying for clemency, but we're not going to leave any stone unturned."
More time, huh? The man has only been sitting on death row for 24 years. What was the NAACP doing to try and "make sure the story was real" during that time? Nothing. It was too soon after he murdered four innocent bystanders and started the deadliest gang in the United States to try and gather support for his release. Too many people remembered the horrific crimes that he was put away for.


UPDATE:

Governor Schwarzenegger denied Tookie Williams' plea for clemency this afternoon. He issued this statement:
"After studying the evidence, searching the history, listening to the arguments and wrestling with the profound consequences, I could find no justification for granting clemency. The facts do not justify overturning the jury's verdict or the decisions of the courts in this case.

It's only a matter of time before the Williams supporters begin to lose it. Expect an official statement from the Hollywood celebs by dinner time.