Some demonstrators who demanded clemency for Stanley "Tookie" Williams last month said they'd oppose the execution of any convict with equal fervor. Clarence Ray Allen is a 76 year-old diabetic blind man with heart trouble and he's confined to a wheelchair. But his likely death by lethal injection at a minute past midnight tomorrow at San Quentin has stirred no public outcry. Allen is white. Williams was black. Is it questions about the evidence, claims of rehabilitation, or race? We hear a debate on the fight to halt the death penalty between LA-based commentator and columnist Jasmyne Cannick and Alice Huffman of the NAACP.
- Making News: Massive Sewage Spill in the South Bay
Beaches are closed from the Los Angeles International Airport to the Palos Verdes Peninsula by two million gallons of raw sewage, which spilled into the ocean because of a faulty pumping station. Joe Geever is regional manager for the environmentalist Surfrider Foundation.
- Reporter's Notebook: The Controversial Legacy of Martin Luther King
Almost 30 years after his death, Martin Luther King Day is one of America's least observed holidays. Congressman John Conyers, who helped create the holiday, says he's "pleased that it hasn't deteriorated into another bargain day at the mall." We hear about Dr. King's controversial legacy and get perspective on how his ideas should be applied from long-time civil rights activists Joe Hicks and Earl Ofari Hutchinson. (This segment originally aired earlier today on To the Point.)
Moratorium on the Death Penalty (AB 1121)
Governor Schwarzenegger denies clemency to Charles Ray Allen
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California Supreme Court denies clemency to Stanley 'Tookie' Williams
Governor Schwarzenegger denies clemency to Williams
Cannick's article on death penalty, clemency, race