Stanley Tookie & Rdquo: Williams And Redemption

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Stanley “Tookie” Williams and Redemption 2 Can a person on death row be redeemed? Redemption is not a word commonly associated with a four-time convicted murderer awaiting execution on death row. While some think the death penalty is barbaric, others believe it is just punishment for the crime committed. Stanley Tookie Williams, convicted murder and co-founder of the notorious Crips gang, was described in black and white depending on who was speaking of him. The case of Williams’ leaves much room to argue guilt or innocence. Stanley “Tookie” Williams was born on December 29, 1953 to a 17-year-old mother in the New Orleans Charity Hospital. He never met his father who deserted them before Williams turned 1-year-old. In 1959 he and his mother caught a Greyhound bus to Los Angeles and settled into South-Central Los Angeles which Williams recalled as “a shiny red apple rotting away at the core” according to his autobiography Blue Rage, Black Redemption. In 1971, Williams joined Raymond…show more content…
Some points to consider: the only three black jurors in the pool were eliminated, the prosecuting attorney made remarks during his closing argument comparing “Williams to a Bengal Tiger in captivity in a zoo” “and said the jury needed to imagine him in his natural “habitat” which was like “going into the back country, into the hinterlands”. “In two subsequent cases, Martin was rebuked by the California Court of Appeals for using race as a criterion in jury selection and had two murder convictions overturned on those grounds.” Alonso, A. (October 26, 2006) Stanley Tookie Williams, Could be First Gang Member Executed in California. Street Gangs Magazine, 7. Williams was convicted based on testimony from
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