The Legacy of &quotTookie&quot Williams in South-Central LA

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Governor Schwarzenegger will hold a clemency hearing tomorrow. Williams denies he committed four brutal murders, but the legal appeals appear to have been exhausted for his convictions back in 1981. Supporters say his death sentence should be commuted to life in prison without parole, because he has renounced his past leadership of the Crips and now urges young people to stay away from the gang lifestyle. Jervey Tervalon is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter who recently wrote in the LA Times, "I always thought Stanley Tookie Williams wanted to kill me." Joe Hicks grew up in Watts about 10 years before the Crips began terrorizing so many neighborhoods. He was a radical leftist before he directed the Human Relations Commission for Mayor Richard Riordan. He-s now Vice President of Community Advocates, which works for improvement in race relations.
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