Friday, December 09, 2005

Spare Tookie Williams

It is the humble opinion of the O.G. that the death penalty should be abolished in the United States because (1) the penalty cannot be administered fairly (numerous studies have repeatedly shown that the penalty is disproportionately imposed on minorities and the poor), (2) it cannot be administered without error (i.e., executing innocent people), (3) it is not an effective deterrent, (4) the state should not have the power to kill its citizens, and (5) the community of developed nations has rejected the death penalty as violative of basic human rights. Read more about the death penalty (including article detailing Texas's recent discovery that it may have executed an innocent man).

In California, Governor Schwarzenegger is considering whether to pardon Stanley "Tookie" Williams, a founding members of the Crips gang, who was convicted of multiple homicide in 1979. Williams has reformed during his time in prison: he's been a prominent spokesmen against gang activity and violence, he's written numerous childrens books warning of the dangers of gang violence, and he's been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. See Save Tookie.org.
Williams's lawyers met with Schwarzenegger today for half an hour. Schwarzenegger has said he will likely announce his decision on Monday.

Barring a pardon from the Governor, Williams is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Contact Governor Schwarzenegger and tell him that rehabilitation shouldn't be rewarded with death.

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