The people on the left have their underwear bunched up over the coming execution of convicted murder Stanley "Tookie" Williams. We are told that he didn't get a fair trial: all the blacks were excluded from the jury; there wasn't any physical evidence; and all the witnesses against him were jail house snitches. We are also told that since his conviction he turned his life around and that now we have to stop his execution for - - - wait for it - - - "the children".
In a word, hogwash. Anyone who doubts Mr. Williams' guilt needs to read the response to his clemency petition put out by the Los Angeles DAs office. In the course of that response, we learn a number of things, like:
- The murders he committed were shockingly brutal;
- There was physical evidence, a shotgun shell found at the scene was conclusively determined to have been fired by a shotgun purchased by Mr. Williams, and we have his handwritten notes in which he plotted his escape from prison;
- Many of the witnesses against him were law abiding citizens who testified freely with no threat of prosecution;
- There was at least one black on the jury that convicted Mr. Williams; and
- Mr. Williams, before he became a presumptive Nobel Laureate, made no secret of his involvement in the murders; he bragged about them and threatened other people who were unfortunate enough to come into contact with him (including fellow prisoners, guards and police officers) that he would do the same to them.
The evidence of guilt presented in the petition is so overwhelming that there can be no conceivable doubt that Williams is guilty. That he maintains his innocence in the face of his obvious culpability is, I think, reason enough to deny him clemency.
But there is more. The response also shows that Williams was a brutal thug, whose planned jailbreak would have killed sheriffs deputies and fellow inmates and who actually threatened the lives of the jurors in his case after they voted for his conviction.
And Williams was no saint in jail after he was convicted, he threatened guards, fought with other prisoners, consorted with known gang members, refused to be debriefed on his pre-conviction gang activities and, according to the California Corrections Department, continued to run the Crips from his prison cell. As for that Nobel nomination, as Patterico points out, virtually anyone can get nominated (except for Patterico, apparently).
He is a vicious murderer who killed people who never did anything to him, just to prevent them from identifying him. He laughed and bragged about the killings then, and hasn't shown a nickel's worth of remorse since. He has lived far too long already and has gotten an infinite more due process than any of his victims received.
Update - I forgot to mention that the tendency of soft headed people to whitewash vicious murders has been going on for a surprisingly long time. Mark Twain had the whole think nailed in Lionizing Murderers