Founder of The Los Angeles Crips (a gang, whitey) is 13 days away from his execution.
Stan "Tookie" Williams, nominated NINE times for the Nobel Prize (Five times Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, and Four times Nobel Literature Prize Nominee), is currently incarcerated in San Quentin, for the alleged murder of 4 people, and has been locked up since '81. He admits his guilt for nefarious doings as a gang leader, but he claims innocence for the four homicides, but hasn't been allowed an appeal to investigate the alleged racism employeed by the prosecution in his case. He's devoted his time in jail to doing whatever he can to stop kids from following in his path, writing childrens books (and donating all proceeds to charity), and speaking out against gang violence and gang life. Here's a little bit more about him and his situation, found at savetookie.org
Stan was the co-founder in 1971 of the Los Angeles Crips gang. In 1981 he was convicted of murdering four people during two robberies and sentenced to death row at San Quentin State Prison. Stan deeply regrets his gang involvement but has always maintained his innocence of these crimes.
His trial was based on circumstantial evidence and the testimony of several witnesses, all of whom were facing a range of felony charges, including fraud, rape, murder and mutilation. Even the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stated in a September 10, 2002, ruling that the witnesses in Stan’s case had “less-than-clean backgrounds and incentives to lie in order to obtain leniency from the state in either charging or sentencing.”
The U.S. Supreme Court has now rejected Tookie's appeal to investigate the racism and discrimination at the heart of his case, as well as Tookie's innocence issues. One issue highlighted the fact that the prosecutor in Tookie's original case removed three African-American jurors from the jury. During Stan's trial, this prosecutor made racially-coded remarks during his closing argument, comparing Stan during the trial to a Bengal tiger in the zoo and stating that a black community - South Central Los Angeles - was equivalent to the natural "habitat" of a Bengal Tiger.
Take a look, form your opinions. I thought this might be good to talk about before his execution date, so you can all be well-informed.