Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
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Clemency for Tookie Williams??
For those of you who don't know, Stanley "Tookie" Williams is scheduled to die on December 13 for murders he committed way back in 1979. He's been on death row at San Quentin since 1981 and his appeals, etc. have dried up. With one other guy, he co-founded the Crips gang in 1971 and he's tied to lots of violence over the years. However, he claims he's been rehabilitated and has in fact published several kid books aimed at steering kids away from gangs. He's not claiming he was wrongly incarcerated or sentenced, anything like that, just that his life should be spared because he can do some good if he's allowed to live.
While I realize that many folks are just plain dead set against the death penalty under any circumstances -- and I support your right to your opinion -- I'm mostly looking for opinions of those who typically support the death penalty on whether Mr. Williams should be granted clemency under these circumstances.
Personally I'm kind of on the fence about it; the survivors of the victims deserve the retribution granted them by the justice system through the valid verdict returned by the jury. Typically I would be against clemency just because the prisoner claims to be rehabilitated, but when s/he has confirmed that by doing things to demonstrate rehabilitation (such as Mr. Williams has here) then I start to think maybe there is a greater purpose to be served.
So with that prelude, what are your thoughts, folks?