Saturday, November 19, 2005

 

December 13, 2005: Stanley "Tookie" Williams will die (part 3 of a series)

I've always said that you can judge a person by the company that he or she keeps. In part three of our ongoing series, we see that Stanley "Tookie" Williams doesn't exactly have the most reputable people going to bat for him. I told you in previous posts that celebrities from all over the globe are coming to the defense of Tookie, in an attempt to prove to the world that the governor should grant clemency to him and either push forward his date of death or remove it completely. That's a hard thing to consider, especially when ex-felons such as Snoop Dogg are leading the fight for your rights.

Snoop Dogg's requests to visit Williams in prison have so far been denied.

"We were unable to provide him with a security clearance because of his arrest history," said San Quentin spokesman Vernell Crittendon.

The musician, real name Calvin Broadus, was once associated with the Crips, the notorious Los Angeles-area street gang that Williams co-founded.

The rapper has been arrested several times for weapons and drug-related offences, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

In 1990 he was sentenced to four years in prison, but the sentence was suspended, said corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton.

In 1993, Snoop Dogg faced charges in connection with a drive-by shooting, but was later cleared.

Tookie would have a better chance of proving that he is a nice guy if he would renounce his membership in the Crips and become as anti-Crip and anti-gang as possible. Instead, he remains on the fence and has ex-cons holding down the fort for him. The decision to keep him on that slow boat downstream still sounds like the right one to me.

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