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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Stanley "Tookie" Williams

This story is all over the news lately. Will Gov. Ahnold grant clemency to Tookie or not?

The way I see it, clemency should be granted for only 2 reasons.
  1. If Governor has any doubt about his innocence.
  2. If the convict has truly reformed.
The problem here is that Tookie's lawyers and the all of his supporters are claiming that he has reformed- he's written children's' books, denounced gang membership, and has even been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. So his supporters focus on that he has repented and changed his ways.

But Tookie still denies that he killed the four people he was convicted of murdering. The first step in becoming a "changed man" is to admit to your crimes. He hasn't.

So Ahnold should only grant clemency if he believes that there are doubts about Tookie's innocence. As his innocence is not in doubt, he should be executed for his crimes.


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