Monday, December 12, 2005
Tookie's gonna die: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has finally done something right -- he's refused to bow to Hollywood pressure and grant clemency to unrepentant multiple-murderer Stanley "Tookie" Williams.
The basis of Williams' clemency request is not innocence. Rather, the basis of the request is the "personal redemption Stanley Williams has experienced and the positive impact of the message he sends" (quoting Williams' own clemency reply). But Williams' claim of innocence remains a key factor to evaluating his claim of personal redemption. It is impossible to separate Williams' claim of innocence from his claim of redemption.
Barring some late-night extracurricular activity by some court, Tookie will be executed shortly after midnight tonight.
*UPDATE* I'm just getting around to watching Fox News Sunday and Bianca Jagger's defense of Tookie -- pathetic. The kings of suck-up have to be the Hollywood journalists. They are so enthralled by everything these celebrities say about their "work" and publish fawning pieces in magazines like "People," "Us" and others, that these celebrities get the idea we actually care what they say about politics or crime and punishment.