Friday, November 18, 2005
December 13, 2005: Stanley "Tookie" Williams will die (part 2 of a series)
The first mistake, if not blatant lie in this paragraph --- which is taken from a long piece that you can read if you choose --- is that the jury was imperfect. A common call by those who look for ways to excuse those who do bad while persecuting those who do good is to claim that juries are "imperfect," or as many in the Save Tookie crowd cry, racist.
Whether Stanley "Tookie" Williams is innocent, as he claims, or guilty, as determined at his original trial by (an imperfect) jury, or whether he deserves all the attention, awards and honors-including a 2005 Presidential Call to Service Award by merciless George W. Bush-- bestowed on him for his Herculean efforts over the past two decades to dissuade kids from joining gangs and embracing violence-these question are beside the point.
There was nothing racist about the jury. They based the fact that Stanley "Tookie" Williams should get the death penalty on what can be seen in the DA report that I linked to in the previous post. Tookie decided that it was a good idea to commit armed robbery multiple times, taking the lives of four people as he did it. The weapon that was used was a shotgun that was registered to him, and he has yet to prove otherwise. In fact, the criminologists have yet to be proven otherwise, as science speaks louder than emotion.