Former gang leader Stanley "Tookie" Williams has been executed by lethal injection, 24 years after he was convicted of killing four people (12/13/2005). Yesterday (12/12) the governor of Calfiornia, Arnold Schwarzenegger, denied chemency to this former Crips gang leader Stanley "Tookie" Willians.
He denied the murders and, while in jail, campaigned against gang violence. Many people strongly believe he should be given clemency because during his 24 years in jail, Williams denounced gang violence and won praise for his anti-gang books, earning Nobel Peace Prize nominations for his teachings. News Source: BBC.
Assume he is guilty. (If not, he should NOT even be on the death roll and be executed.) My question for you is: Given the facts above, should he be spared and receive clemency? Why? Or, Why not?
I personally feel that it can go either way. If he received clemency, he could continue voicing his anti-gang and anti-gant violence campaign. However, if he was executed, he completed his anti-gang message perfectly showing people, mostly teens, that his end could be theirs also if teens joined gangs and commited violence crimes. What do you think?
At the end, it is still always sad because laws and justice do not and can not restore what has been lost, damaged — lives, hurts, trauma of people physically, mentally, financially. Victims are still victims. I know we can even question the idea of "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or even a live for a live" – the "Old Testament" ways of justice in this "New Testament" era.
Sleep Tight, Stanley "Tookie" Williams.
It is time to rest after doing all you could in the period time given from 1993.