Saturday, December 10, 2005

Schwarzenegger Still Undecided On Clemency

From Reuters:
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will not decide on Saturday whether to grant clemency to former Crips gang leader Stanley Tookie Williams, who is slated to be executed on Tuesday for murdering four people in 1979, his office said.

Barring clemency or last-minute court intervention, officials will administer a lethal injection to Williams at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday in the death chamber at San Quentin State Prison.

The case has generated widespread interest and fierce debate over the death penalty in the United States because Williams, 51, has written a series of books warning young people against gangs and says he has found redemption.
I hope that Schwarzenegger will pardon Williams. It's true that I'm against state-sponsored murder. But aside from that, there is every indication that Williams has repented for his role in starting the Crips. He has worked hard to turn children away from following the same path that he has walked. Murdering him would do society no good.

Three days left, Governor. What are you waiting for?

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