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 The Fatal Book Review2005-12-14 15:46
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Stanley "Tookie" Williams was executed in St.Quentin last night. He was the founder of the Crips gang, and was convicted for having killed 4 people, even though he claimed his innocence. I can't judge whether he actually did it or not. But it is a shame because he seemed to be a reformed man who had become a great activist. The most stirring comment I read is from Doc Searls who just happened to be staying in a house overlooking St.Quentin at the time. Governor Schwarzenegger had denied clemency to Williams, in part for these reasons:
The dedication of Williams' book "Life in Prison" casts significant doubt on his personal redemption. This book was published in 1998, several years after Williams┬╣ claimed redemptive experience. Specifically, the book is dedicated to "Nelson Mandela, Angela Davis, Malcolm X, Assata Shakur, Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, Ramona Africa, John Africa, Leonard Peltier, Dhoruba Al-Mujahid, George Jackson, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and the countless other men, women, and youths who have to endure the hellish oppression of living behind bars." The mix of individuals on this list is curious. Most have violent pasts and some have been convicted of committing heinous murders, including the killing of law enforcement.

But the inclusion of George Jackson on this list defies reason and is a significant indicator that Williams is not reformed and that he still sees violence and lawlessness as a legitimate means to address societal problems.

There is also little mention or atonement in his writings and his plea for clemency of the countless murders committed by the Crips following the lifestyle Williams once espoused. The senseless killing that has ruined many families, particularly in African-American communities, in the name of the Crips and gang warfare is a tragedy of our modern culture. One would expect more explicit and direct reference to this byproduct of his former lifestyle in Williams┬╣ writings and apology for this tragedy, but it exists only through innuendo and inference.

Is Williams' redemption complete and sincere, or is it just a hollow promise? Stanley Williams insists he is innocent, and that he will not and should not apologize or otherwise atone for the murders of the four victims in this case. Without an apology and atonement for these senseless and brutal killings there can be no redemption. In this case, the one thing that would be the clearest indication of complete remorse and full redemption is the one thing Williams will not do.
And here's Doc's comment:
I haven't read any of Williams' books. I don't know if he has redeemed himself. And I am not a lawyer.

But it seems to me the governor is making a political judgement here, and not just a legal one; especially in respect to George Jackson, a charismatic Black Panther considered by many a martyr after he was shot in prison.

I would find the governor's clemency denial much easier to take if he had confined his remarks to the facts of the case, and said Williams should die, as the courts ordered, for the cold-blooded murder of four people. But he didn't. He gave Williams a fatal book review.

And a shallow one at that. Did the governor read past the dedications?
He's right. That's outrageous. Sent a man to his death because he mentioned a black panther favorably in the credits of his book. A fatal book review indeed.


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14 Dec 2005 @ 16:39 by jazzolog : The Terminator
Allowing the elected official of an area the final say in execution of a convicted and sentenced criminal has some positive points. But as we "hire" more and more leaders for their star quality, we end up with guys more skilled at reading a script than a legal brief. I just bought the double DVD set of Terminator 3, which is a wonderful action movie and we had a good time. I was looking forward to hear Schwarzenegger's commentary, which is included. But I couldn't stand it! The man talks about his buttocks and how they look after 20 years since the first film in the series. He talks about women and how having a female terminator to fight with was such a kick for him. He talks about what popularity really is and how he is such an expert in what the "people want." His narcissism was more intolerable than I could take for more than 20 minutes. The thought of a real life in his hands therefore is the more horrifying.  


14 Dec 2005 @ 22:58 by Joel Sax @68.4.187.230 : AHnold is one to talk
AH sharks. AHnold is one to talk about violence. Fatal book review says it quite well.

Another reason for folks like me to distrust the sane.  



15 Dec 2005 @ 20:26 by Kent @205.242.9.10 : research not done
Sorry, Ming ... there's more to the story. Fire up any search engine.

(1)The gov'nur didn't send a man to his death; he denied an appeal of clemency which usually requires a confession and a statement of remorse from the subject -- neither of which Williams was willing to give.
(2)To Doc's wish that the gov'nur "confine(d) his remarks to the facts of the case" -- see point (1). Williams showed no remorse; the governor's other words simply reinforce that.

my opinion ... yours may vary  



17 Dec 2005 @ 18:04 by ming : Remorse
Remorse sort of requires that one first admits one did it. The confession part. And he said he didn't do it. And I have no clue whether that is correct or not. He seemed to have plenty of regret about his gang time. But that's a bit of a catch-22 about the confession/remorse thing there. If one is innocent of that particular crime, one would have to pretend one wasn't. Kind of like a witch trial. You drown, you're innocent.  


19 Dec 2005 @ 16:35 by eric @84.189.37.216 : their arguing and research
it's not that Arnold's (FBI) team hasnt made their homework on this. Taking the case of George Jackson as an example of violent attitude / family relation of Cookie is not all wrong if you look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Jackson_(Black_Panther)

However, it is ridiculous to take a 1998 book dedication and argue on it in this case. Very sad thing, but the tough thing is that a decider has to stick to the words in the law book, even if an "enlightened blogger" was in Arnie's position, - 1/2 the nation and the entire media would have gotten down on Arnold if he had "released" Cookie against "their" law. It's not so easy to opearte in the political frameworks. I am not trying to make Arnie a saint here, but the case of condemning him is not clear enough. Best, Eric  



11 Jan 2006 @ 03:44 by Bishop Adihi Amama @86.137.11.52 : The Governor Is AntiChrist For Sure
I think that the CA governor is an untrained politician and uninformed public figure who misconstrues facts and figures. He saw no reasons to pardon a man who until death keep claiming innocent for an act he was accused of.

I have express conviction that the governor will pay for the act here on earth and not too long from now. God is a God of righteousness. Sharon couldn't go free for demolishing Synagogues and dragging Jews out of Gaza - now he is paying and so will the CA governor too...

Don't mess with God!  



11 Feb 2006 @ 07:19 by johnnyboy @64.136.26.235 : tookie
ah. poor tookie. the pos takes 4 lives in the course of his depraved lifestyle and then doesn't want to be punished for it. i hope that he finally came to grips with what he most likely did before the looooong gooodbye....  


11 Feb 2006 @ 07:23 by johnnyboy @64.136.26.235 : tookie
oh. and why didn't this piece of crap dedicate his shitty prison books to the four people that were murdered. and make a plea to the other pieces of shit who are in gangs to stop killing other people. i wish that there was such a character as the Punisher (marvel comic books), just so that he could go after a dirtbag like tookie. and what a f****d up name-tookie.  


10 Apr 2007 @ 17:32 by stevenmccullough @207.54.204.19 : BAD
I THINK HE COULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD MAN IF HE WASNT IN THE GANG CRIPS  


10 Apr 2007 @ 17:35 by RICKYRIGE @207.54.204.19 : MOUTH
GET YOUR MOUTH WET!!!!!!!!!!! GET YOUR MOUTH WET AKA JOHN JOHN  


10 Apr 2007 @ 17:38 by RICKY @207.54.204.19 : STEVEN
RICKY LIKE ARKESIE HI HI HI HA BITCH  


12 Apr 2007 @ 15:40 by Edward Ross @66.243.195.236 : Screw yall
man Tookie was trying to help kids get and stay out of gangs and yall killed him how lame is that why dont u kill urself and see how it feels.  


4 Sep 2007 @ 04:50 by Mia @69.138.227.40 : Johnnyboy
Anybody who can say such heartless mean things about a man who as died is nothing more then a bitch! everyone has made a mistake. killing a human which is God's creation is just as bad as killing a animal, insect or critter. Now tell me u never killed a or a bug! no one is to say weather tookie killed someone or not. All we really have is his word. i personally think they should have gave him i lie test. When i saw the movie i wanted to cry.

my name is Tajmia Gentry
i am 15 and looking @ what some of you have written on here yall should be ashamed. remember karma is a fuckin bitch!!!!!!!!!!!  



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