Tuesday, December 13, 2005


Tookie's Final Tale

Convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams went to his final reward this morning after Governor Schwarzenegger refused the Crips founder clemency on Monday. Given 26 years of trials and appeals after the murder of four people at two convenience store robberies, this seems like a fair process.

Did Williams show some "redemption" by turning to writing children's books? Perhaps. Of course, the irony is that being a quarter century on death row because of having an extended access to the judicial process allows for an equally extended period of time to try to do something "positive."

My sometime sparring partner Julianne Malveaux writes an
amazingly sensible column on the Williams case. She's anti-death penalty, but is very clear why this guy shouldn't be the poster child for the latest celebrity cause.

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