Governor Schwarzenegger Considers Fate of Convicted Killer
Stanley “Tookie” Williams
The Governor will decide whether Crips gang co-founder Stanley “Tookie” Williams deserves clemency or whether his scheduled execution should go forward. As Marianne Russ reports, attorneys on both sides presented their case to the Governor.
Thursday, December 8, 2005
Attorneys who were inside the closed-door clemency hearing are remarkably tight-lipped…. Defense attorneys refused question after question from reporters. “I’m trying to make this as amusing and irrelevant a press conference as possible”
But what Peter Fleming, Jr. – attorney for Stanley Tookie Williams – would say, was they were able to present their case – and that Williams should be spared – largely because of his work with kids.
“Stanley Williams has been where these at-risk children are and the whole thrust of his message is don’t do what I did.”
John Monaghan with the LA District Attorney’s office says this is not about redemption. “This is not a situation where Mr. Williams admits he committed these crimes. In the face of overwhelming evidence, he denies he committed them, because he knows that if he admitted it he wouldn’t have any chance at all.”
Williams was convicted in 1981 of murdering four people. The Governor’s office says he’ll submit a written ruling sometime before Tuesday’s scheduled execution.