Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
announced Friday (Nov. 25) that he will hold private hearing on whether or not
to grant clemency to convicted killer and Crips gang co-founder Stanley “Tookie”
While Gov. Schwarzenegger is not legally obligated to hold a public or private
hearing, he has agreed to a Dec. 8th meeting with Williams' lawyers and Los Angeles
The meeting was prompted by several protests in support of Williams
and a rally held by Snoop Dogg and other celebrities outside the main gates
of San Quentin last week.
"Stanley 'Tookie' Williams is not a regular guy, he's an inspiration,"
Snoop said during his speech at the rally. "All I want to say to the Governor
is it's about keeping this man alive because his voice needs to be heard."
Williams’ case garnered further attention when Academy
Award winning Actor Jamie Foxx played the convict in "Redemption: The Stan
‘Tookie’ Williams Story."
The former Crips co-founder faces death by lethal injection on Dec. 13 for allegedly
murdering four people in 1979.
Williams maintains his innocence and requested that the California
Supreme Court reopen his case.
He alleges that sloppy forensics and questionable witnesses
mistakenly linked him to the murders.
Proponents argue that Williams, who has been nominated for several
Nobel Peace Prizes as an anti-gang activist, could do more for society alive
Last week his lawyers
served the Governor’s office with close to 32,000 signatures of people
supporting his petition for clemency.
Although Williams has reaped national support, the death row inmate is facing
stiff opposition from the LA County prosecutor’s office and victims' relatives,
all who have demanded his execution.