Clemency for Williams.....

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    will there be clemency for the convience store clerk as well?


    http://www.comcast.net/news/national/index.jsp?cat=DOMESTIC&fn=/2005/11/25/271380.html


    Schwarzenegger Mulls Clemency for Williams
    By DAVID KRAVETS, Associated Press Writer
    2 hours ago

    SAN FRANCISCO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday he would consider granting clemency to convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams, the Crips gang founder who became an anti-gang activist while in prison and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    The governor said he would meet Dec. 8 in a private hearing with Williams' lawyers, Los Angeles County prosecutors and others involved.

    Schwarzenegger has the authority to commute a death sentence to life without parole, but he is not obligated to hold a hearing. In Schwarzenegger's case, he decides clemency requests on a "case-by-case basis," spokeswoman Margita Thompson said.

    Two other clemency petitions have come before Schwarzenegger. Neither was granted.

    Williams, 51, faces a lethal injection on Dec. 13 for the 1979 slayings of a Whittier convenience store clerk and three people at a Pico Rivera motel. He has maintained his innocence and has asked the California Supreme Court to reopen his case, alleging shoddy forensics wrongly connected him to three of the murders. The Supreme Court hasn't ruled on the petition.

    Los Angeles County prosecutors and victims' relatives have demanded his execution.

    Along with asking Schwarzenegger to commute Williams' death sentence, his lawyers submitted what they said were signatures of 32,000 people supporting his petition for clemency.

    Supporters, including rapper Snoop Dogg and Ras Baraka, the deputy mayor of Newark, N.J., have urged Schwarzenegger to spare Williams' life so he can continue his work with young people as an anti-gang activist.

    Williams founded the Crips with a childhood friend in 1971 in Los Angeles, where the gang battled rivals for territory and control of the drug trade.

    In prison, however, Williams gained international acclaim for co-writing children's books about the dangers of gang life. An award-winning television movie starring Jamie Foxx, "Redemption," was based on his life.

    Schwarzenegger, in dealing with the two previous clemency requests, denied a hearing last year for Kevin Cooper, whose execution was later stayed by a federal appeals court, and held a public hearing this year for Donald Beardslee but declined to spare him.
     
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    No.
     
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    Is this really a religious topic?

    Honestly, if this guy has seriously changed is ways and is now doing his part to prevent people from following his route, maybe Arnold should consider it. It's not like he is going to get off the hook, just life in prison rather than death. If he can do good being alive more than dead I would consider it. Not sure what I would do though since I know about no facts to the case. if the Crime was serious enough to charge death with I dont think it would be a decision made lightly. Because justice still needs to be served.
     
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    ethics....he was convicted of killing 4 people
     
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    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/11/06/EDGC3FII9H1.DTL
    Michelle Malkin has more, including a letter from one of the victim's stepmom, plenty of links about what he's been doing and not:

    http://michellemalkin.com/archives/003984.htm

     
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    So Yassur Arafat and this guy both get nominated for Nobel Peace prizes (and one wins) for killing a bunch of people and then demanding 'tolerance' for themselves and other murderers, yet Bush is labeled as "worse than Hitler" for bringing freedom and democracy to two of the most oppressed nations on the planet. What the hell?
     
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    You know, I was thinking to myself, "Let this punk fry." But now that Snoop Doggy Dogg has spoken, I think we all need to look inside our hearts. Think of the children.
     
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    Agreed--Mr. Snoop is an educated, moral man whose opinion should be respected while we all watch him encourage female teenagers to strip for the TV.
     
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    :blah2: And Britney Spears supports the president :blah2:
     

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