Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams Receives Private Clemency Hearing
Published: Nov. 28, 2005 - San Quentin, CA
As previously reported here by SoundSlam, Stanley “Tookie” Williams life is now up for debate. Williams has garnered an outcry of support from various entertainment and social figures despite having a semi-permanent December 13th execution date scheduled. The support, however, may have had some impact as California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a vital decision.
Governor Schwarzenegger has made arrangements for a clemency hearing to take place between Williams’ lawyers and the Los Angeles County Prosecutors, who clearly are in favor of death by lethal injection for the alleged murderer. On December 8th, five days prior to the scheduled execution, the final decision on Tookie’s life will be determined and Governor-granted clemency is his only hope.
Last week, Snoop Dogg and many others gathered outside the San Quentin State Penitentiary gates to protest Williams’ lethal injection date. Snoop announced during a speech at the rally that “Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams is not a regular guy, he’s an inspiration. All I want to say to the Governor is it’s about keeping this man alive because his voice needs to be heard.”
Williams is the Crips gang co-founder and has been sentenced to jail since the 1979 murders of four people in California. Williams denies that he took part in the murders. Additionally, he has been highly productive with his time in jail, serving as both a children’s author of several books and offering anti-gang support. His efforts for anti-gang education and activism have even rewarded Williams with several Nobel Peace Prize nominations.
Check back to SoundSlam.com for additional updates on Stanley “Tookie” Williams’ clemency hearing.