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The governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has denied clemency to former Crips gang leader Stanley "Tookie" Williams.

Williams has spent more than a decade trying to stop young black men from filling American prisons. Using his experience to turn people away from a wasted life in gangs and in crime and in violence.

The "greatest democracy in the world", the worlds superpower, is going to flex its judicial muscles and in true enlightened fashion execute Williams in less than 9 hours.

I won't sleep better knowing "justice has been served."


Blogger John Clifford said...

Yes, Tookie's death illustrates a waste... a waste of a human life.

Stanley "Tookie" Williams is obviously a person with positive attributes. Courage, discipline, intelligence, leadership. Too bad they were used for the Dark Side.

Think of what might have been, if Tookie had rejected the lifestyle of a gangsta, and instead made the choice to work for good.

The last days of Tookie have been a revelation. We've learned how Tookie has yet to be willing to discuss how gangs work, both in and out of prison, to admit to ANY of his crimes (whether he was convicted of them or not) and apologize to the victims, and how his goal is to get clemency so he can eventually get released. Nothing about the victims. Nothing about remorse. Nothing about how he can help society by giving the police more information to help them crack down on gangs.

Tookie's life was a waste. The money the state spent over the last 24 years to sustain him while ridiculous appeal after ridiculous appeal was filed was a waste. The money spent on these appeals, and fighting them was a waste. Tookie's adherents caused millions to be spent on a lost cause, and that money could have made a difference if, say, it was spent on a youth center in South Central or Compton.

Yep, a waste all around. The only thing to look forward to is that all the resources stop being wasted after 12:01 tonight.

Tue Dec 13, 02:55:00 AM GMT  
Blogger Lisa said...

Good argument.

I suppose that your point of the argument would come from whether or not you believe he's innocent. If he's guilty, then he should pay for his crimes - death penalty or not. But we'll never know.

What comes to mind is that almost every convicted murderer on death row says they're innocent. There's really no difference between this case and that of others on death row - all of them COULD be innocent, but a jury has found them guilty. The only difference is that this case has gotten a lot of media attention.

Tue Dec 13, 08:07:00 AM GMT  
Blogger Lisa said...

Reading over that, I'm not sure where I was going with it. Wish I had my thoughts as well put together as the first gentleman who commented.

Tue Dec 13, 08:09:00 AM GMT  

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