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Stanley "Tookie" Williams
« on: November 16, 2005, 04:01:14 AM »

Stanley "Tookie" Williams (born December 29, 1953) was the founder, along with Raymond Washington, of the Crips, a Los Angeles, California youth protection organization that grew, after Williams' incarceration and Washington's murder, into one of the most widely-known and notorious street gangs.

In 1981 the state of California convicted Williams of murdering Albert Owen, Thsai-Shai Yang, Yen-I Yang, and Yee Chen Lin during two seperate robberies and sentenced him to death. Owen had been taken into the backroom of the convenience store he worked and shot execution style in the back of the head. The Yangs and their daughter were all killed by close range shotgun blasts. Paid police informants facing murder, rape, robbery and mutilation charges of their own testified that Williams bragged about the Owen murder. "I shot some white guy and got $63 off him," the informants quoted him as saying. These informants were later given lesser sentences for their crimes or allowed to go free in exchange for their testimony against Williams. The testimony of a ballistics expert supported Williams' guilt for one of the murder sites, however, that ballistics testimony is now under investigation for being unreliable or "junk science at best." There was no physical evidence connecting Williams to the Owen's murder site. Motion for Post Judgment Discovery.

He is currently waiting on death row in San Quentin State Prison the outcome of his request for clemency. Even the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals suggested Williams should be considered for clemency at the end of their September 10, 2002, ruling against him: “We are aware of Williams’ 2001 Nobel Peace Prize nomination for his laudable efforts opposing gang violence from his prison cell, notably his line of children’s books, subtitled ‘Tookie Speaks Out Against Gang Violence,’ and his creation of the Internet Project for Street Peace. Although Williams’ good works and accomplishments since incarceration may make him a worthy candidate for the exercise of gubernatorial discretion, they are not matters that we in the federal judiciary are at liberty to take into consideration.” (See the last page of http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/ca9/newopinions.nsf/BD82194097E1066888256C3000546E6D/$file/9999018.pdf?openelement.)

His execution date has been set for December 13, 2005, pending a clemency decision by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Since his conviction, Williams has denounced his life and his role as a gang leader, and writes from prison about the harmful effects of gang life. It should be noted, however, that Williams has continued to deny his guilt in the four murders he was convicted of.

Williams has written nine children's books and an autobiography that have been popular around the world for their anti-violence message, and helped to broker a truce between the Bloods and the Crips. In 2004, a television movie about him, "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story", was released. Jamie Foxx starred as Williams.

Williams has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize every year since 2001. The first year he was nominated by a member of the Swiss Parliament; four additional times he has been nominated by Philosophy and Religion Professor Phil Gasper and other professors from throughout the nation and Europe. He has also been nominated several times by William Keach, Brown University Professor of English Literature, for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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The U.S. Supreme Court, on October 11, 2005, ruled against Tookie on his final appeal and set his execution date for December 13. Thus they disregarded 9 of the 24 Ninth Circuit Court judges' assertion that the District Attorney at Tookie's trial employed "reprehensible and unconstitutional" racist tactics, using animal-in-a-jungle metaphors to refer to Tookie and to the South Central environment in which he lived. This landmark ruling means that minorities can now legally be rejected from juries based on race. This is now the law of the land.

http://www.tookie.com

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Re: Stanley "Tookie" Williams
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2005, 05:50:26 PM »

Greetings and peace.

What a sad story. I saw the movie, it was quite good. On one hand I feel bad for Mr. Williams but on the other hand, his choices led him to where he now sits. I do not believe in the death penalty, but I'm not sure if he should be released either.

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Re: Stanley "Tookie" Williams
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2005, 07:17:38 AM »

I to have heard his story and seen the movie about his life. I do not condone in any way what he did in his past, but i also congrtulate him on turning his life around and trying to make a difference. Sadly he is just another person (in)(a)ffected by babylon.
We can only hope that his message will reach those that are in need of it. I guess if they do put him to death he will become even more famous and there are people out there who will feel the need to avenge his death which will be a down side.
I believe he has much potential as an educater, but as M-Dub said that doesn't mean he deserves to get out of jail.
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Re: Stanley "Tookie" Williams
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2005, 07:11:06 PM »

thanks De Novo, i bookmarked tha site and signed the petition. i encourage those who "question" babylon to actually check out tha 'tookie site' !!


                   respect, paco



ps, SOS--- 'At his trial, Stan was found guilty by an all-white jury after the prosecutor removed all prospective Black jurors from the jury pool'

http://socialistworker.org/2005-2/566/566_16_Tookie.shtml
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Re: Stanley "Tookie" Williams
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2005, 08:34:37 PM »

Blessings

Just some more info:

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10252436/

This is an interview Mr. Williams did with Rita Cosby.

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Re: Stanley "Tookie" Williams
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2005, 02:57:21 AM »

Yea it is pretty sad....they were interviewing him on T.V. last night......I do not agree with what he did before this, but I personally think he is innocent.....but thats just me. [smiley=cry.gif]
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Re: Stanley "Tookie" Williams
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2005, 04:28:00 AM »

A conversation with Stanley Tookie Williams with Amy Goodman.

imo this man has had a total transformation, please give it a listen-- inspiring!


http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/30/153247
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Re: Stanley "Tookie" Williams
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2005, 05:20:50 AM »

Please, if you believe this man is innocent like i believe he is-- contact governor arnold schwarzenegger and ask for the execution of stan williams be stopped: http://www.tookie.com/


and a good article, i think,written by the rcp people: http://rwor.org/a/026/stanleytookiewilliams.htm
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Re: Stanley "Tookie" Williams
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2005, 06:38:49 AM »

interesting comments on Tookie Williams


Murder is against the law right? Well Dick Cheney and George Bush and their band of neo-cons have murdered tens of thousands of people recently but they are not in jail. Why are they not in jail? We know that they murdered tens of thousands of people under false pretenses and as the result of known lies. We know this. How are they any different that Tookie Williams? They are much worse. We know that numerous business associates and political cronies of Bush and Cheney have been indicted for massive theft and fraud. How is this behavior any different than that of any gang members; they didn’t use a shot-gun? Okay.




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Re: Stanley "Tookie" Williams
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2005, 05:30:17 AM »

The time grows even closer and still no decision made on Tookie's fate. I hope they will grant him clemency but who knows. I guess we will find out in the next couple of days.
As for people in power? Well we all know powerful positions almost always grant you immunity. There is no difference. It's just that they are making the bullets and getting others to fire them.
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Re: Stanley "Tookie" Williams
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2005, 02:42:50 AM »

Blessings

Well, it appears he will indeed need Jah's mercy. Clemency was not granted.  [smiley=cry.gif]

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10355657/

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Re: Stanley "Tookie" Williams
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2005, 05:35:55 AM »

That is sad to hear. I will be sure to watch the news at 6:00pm. It is currently 5:30pm here and it is Tuesday. The paper said today that he would be executed at 8:00pm Today (New Zealand time).
I find it difficult to believe that after all this time they have decided to take his life. Surely even if he was guilty of these crimes they say, he has certainly redeemed himself over the years of waiting on death row.
I think that would be punishment enough for most people. Imagine being on death row and not knowing whether you would live or die. Why not let this old soul see out his days in prison? Would it be so bad?????
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Re: Stanley "Tookie" Williams
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2005, 07:05:40 AM »

i heard this morning tookies lawyer speaking about developments concerning a new witness with new info concerning tookies innocence. so his conviction is in doubt, as far as i'm concerned!! it's 9:35 pm here in LA area and tookie still alive, if they kill him then no doubt inna my mind WHO the murderers are!! this is a political killing intha process. this man Mr Williams had a powerful awakening in solitary confinement. a psychic shift happened in Tookies conshussness. the old tookie is already dead they murdering the wrong man. i not giving up hope for this brother to be spared, i staying up till 12:01 am LA time praying and burning sage.

those bible verses are beautiful fiyah. tookie has redeemed hisself, his story is one of redemption; nominated 4 times for the nobel peace prize

there's a space in my heart where tookie will always live!


                 Que Viva Tookie, Paco
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Re: Stanley "Tookie" Williams
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2005, 09:32:53 AM »

It is 9:20pm here on Tuesday and San Francisco is 21 hours behind us so i am guessing that although there has been no official announcement as of yet that Tookie is dead. I have been watching CNN on tv and they have been showing live coverage of what is happening outside the prison.
Surely this has to be wrong! They keep saying that he has never showed remorse for what he did but he has said all along that he was framed! Surely there are other people out there who are far more deserving of execution! They didn't write books or show remorse for anything that they had done in their lives!
This man has had 24 years to think about the life that he led!
I have just been listening to some jewish victim support person saying that he deserves to die because he created the Crips and it is now a world wide crime machine (Kinda what he was implying) so he should be paying the price for all the crimes committed by those who identify them selves as Crips.
WHAT A LOAD OF B***S##T!!!!!!!
Thats like saying that you should tar all people with the same brush!
If one of us on this forum committed a crime and went to jail, would that person then be expected to bear the brunt of any further crimes committed by any other person on this forum since we are essentially a group?

If it is so that Tookie is dead.......

RIP Tookie. Know that your memory will live on and your words will still be read by all. Peace to you.
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Re: Stanley "Tookie" Williams
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2005, 09:59:29 AM »

It's now been made official. Time of death 12:35 am. Why did it take them so long?????? That is yet to be answered.
I agree with supporters statements: THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAS JUST EXECUTED AN INNOCENT MAN.
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