Tookie Williams, California Politics and the Death Penalty

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In 1979, the shooting deaths of four people during armed robberies hardly made the papers. Not much attention was paid when Stanley "Tookie" Williams was sentenced to death two years later. But the former Los Angeles gang leader appeal for clemency from Governor Schwarzenegger has drawn influential supporters. Although the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was not convinced to overturn his conviction, in a highly unusual comment it called Williams a "worthy candidate" for the Governor's mercy because of "good works and accomplishments" since his incarceration on death row. We look at the case of the man who is scheduled to die at San Quentin Prison on December 13, and the political impact of capital punishment in California.
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Warren Olney


Frances Anderton