Posted by Curt on 28 November, 2005 at 7:49 pm. 6 comments already!

Good article today at NRO by Jack Dunphy about the scumbag “Tookie”:

On February 28, 1979, Stanley “Tookie” Williams and three other men drove in two cars to a 7-Eleven store in the city of Whittier, California, a suburb southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The lone clerk on duty at the time was 26-year-old Albert Owens, who was sweeping the store’s parking lot when the men arrived. Owens apparently believed the men to be legitimate customers, for he put down his broom and dust pan and followed them into the store. Williams, armed with a sawed-off shotgun, forced Owens into a back storeroom. After ordering Owens to lie on the floor, Williams fired a shotgun blast into the store’s security monitor. Then, though Owens had offered no resistance at all, Williams fired two blasts into the prostrate man’s back, killing him. When an accomplice asked Williams why he had shot Owens, Williams explained that he didn’t want to leave any witnesses. The accomplice would also later testify that Williams told him he killed Owens “because he was white and he was killing all white people.”

Williams and his three accomplices netted about $120 in cash for their efforts that night.

Less than two weeks later, at about five in the morning on March 11, Williams went to the Brookhaven Motel at 10411 South Vermont Avenue, less than a ten-minute drive due east from Los Angeles International Airport. After breaking into the motel’s office, Williams shot and killed 76-year-old Yen-I Yang and his 63-year-old wife, Tsai-Shai Yang. Next he killed their daughter, 43-year-old Yee-Chen Lin. As in the Owens killing, the murder weapon was a 12-gauge shotgun. The take in this crime was about $100.

[…]On October 11 of this year, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear Williams’s final appeal, and as things now stand he will be executed by lethal injection at 12:01 A.M. on December 13.

Some people, for various reasons, find this objectionable. As if mirroring the Abu-Jamal case, Williams’s supporters, including the expected sprinkling of misguided celebrities and former celebrities from Hollywood, have orchestrated a p.r. campaign aimed at sparing Williams from the fate the law has prescribed for him. Included on the Save Tookie website are sample letters to be sent to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has the authority to grant clemency and commute the sentence to life imprisonment. “You should know that I am in favor of the death penalty (in the most reprehensible cases),” reads one such letter, “and my politics are conservative ? I am by no means a do-gooder liberal. However, I believe in the case of Tookie Williams . . .” Schwarzenegger has agreed to meet privately with Williams’s attorneys and representatives of the victims’ families on December 8.

[…]On the other hand is the proposition that Williams has redeemed himself during his 24 years in prison, that he has renounced gang life and urged others to do likewise. He has authored children’s books, they say, warning youngsters against following in his own wayward footsteps. He has even, his supporters are quick to point out, been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. (The fact that even a crazed, murderous thug like Yasser Arafat actually won such an award has not deterred them from trumpeting said nomination.) But two questions occur: If Williams is indeed innocent, what is it, exactly, he has redeemed himself from? And, if an imprisoned Williams truly has been a courageous voice against gang violence, how is it that his admonitions went unheard within his own family? Stanley Williams Jr., 30, is currently serving a 16-year sentence in California for second-degree murder. Sometimes the apple falls very close to the tree indeed.

Such incongruities matter little in the carnival that now surrounds the impending execution. On November 19, a “Save Tookie” rally was held outside the gates of San Quentin State Prison, near San Francisco. Among the speakers was rap star Snoop Dogg. Williams’s influence “is really rubbing off on me,” said the rapper, “and I control lots of people on the streets, and what I do right, they do right.”

So, there you have it, from no less a moral authority than Snoop Dogg. But Mr. Dogg is not so well known for having “done right” himself. He is better known to police and probation officers as Calvin Broadus, and he’s been convicted of cocaine sales and of being an ex-felon in possession of a handgun. Like Tookie Williams, he was a Crip gang member in his salad days, but unlike Williams he was able to secure a not-guilty verdict in his own 1996 murder trial, making him a model of virtue by comparison.

If Williams has indeed deterred some young men from making unfortunate choices, so much the better for him when he faces God’s judgment. But it is the law’s judgment he must face on December 13, a judgment that has been affirmed at every step in an appellate process that has now stretched on, ludicrously, for nearly 25 years. Governor Schwarzenegger’s decision will be a heart-wrenching one but a clear one nonetheless. Yes, let Tookie Williams’s life serve as a warning to others, but let his death do so as well. Let the sentence be carried out, and let justice, finally, be done.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has put up the 57 page response to Tookie’s petition for clemency here. It goes into great detail of the killings this animal committed but also the reasons why he should die:

This cold-blooded killer, Stanley Williams, now seeks mercy, the very mercy he so callously denied Albert, Tsai-Shai, Yen-I, and Yee-Chen. Stanley Williams does not deserve this mercy. In fact, despite the overwhelming nature of the evidence against him, and despite the non-existence of any credible defense, Stanley Williams has steadfastly refused to take any responsibility for the brutal, destructive, and murderous acts he committed. Without such responsibility, there can be no redemption, there can be no atonement, and there should be no mercy.

The report goes on to detail the escape plan Tookie devised where he would also kill the only witness against him:

Williams told Oglesby that he could escape from custody while being transported to court. Williams drew Oglesby a detailed diagram of the area surrounding the Torrance Courthouse and the path of travel the jail transportation bus took as it approached the courthouse to deliver inmates to court.

According to Williams? escape plan, two people from the outside would assist in the plan. These two people, who would be armed, would disarm and kill the first deputy to exit the bus. Stanley Williams would then murder Alfred Coward (?Blackie?) so as to eliminate the witness against him. Williams would also murder the other deputy on the bus. Lastly, Williams planned on blowing up the bus and its occupants with dynamite, in order to prevent the authorities from quickly discovering who had escaped.

In a note, Williams wrote that a female had obtained a brand new shotgun for him.

In another note written by Williams and given to Oglesby, Williams explained that he now had dynamite and that the escape would thus happen much sooner than previously discussed. Williams also wrote a note in which he asked Oglesby if they should delay the escape until his (Williams?) brother was released from jail so that his brother could assist in the escape. In still another note, Williams asked if they should escape at the next court appearance scheduled in three weeks, or try to be transferred to the jail hospital and escape from there.

In another note, Williams explained that Alfred Coward (?Blackie?) was a ?heartbeat away from death.? Williams told Oglesby that he was going to murder ?Blackie? because ?Blackie? was a witness against him. In his same note, Williams asked Oglesby about ?the weapons.? Lastly, Williams wrote that his female accomplice had the new pump shotgun and that he (Williams) hoped that Oglesby?s ?woman has all the other weapons with the silencers.? This note also included specific instructions regarding the time of the escape, the day of the escape, the location of the jail transport bus, and the number of deputies.

All these notes can be seen in this report. Sure does sound like a guy who is innocent huh?

Fry Tookie Fry!

Send a message to Arnie that he must not grant clemency to this animal.

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