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Sun Dec 4 2005
Monday is the Last Day to "Save Tookie"
Governor Schwarzenegger Announces that He Will Not Grant Clemency to Stanley T. Williams
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The execution of Stanley Tookie Williams is scheduled to take place at 12:01am on Tuesday, December 13th. Supporters of Williams are denouncing Governor Schwarzenegger'sl denial of clemency, which would change the death sentence in this case to a sentence of life in prison. (Statement from Death Penalty Focus | Statement from Campaign to End the Death Penalty Attorneys for Williams are trying several other options to win a stay of execution. Late Sunday night, the California Supreme Court rejected Tookie's attorneys' request that they grant a stay of execution to examine several issues in the case.
A vigil at San Quentin began at 8:00pm on Monday and will last until Williams's execution has been carried out just after midnight. Directions to San Quentin and list of vigils statewide

Before the clemency decision was announced on December 12th, the Walk for Abolition of the Death Penalty began at the Palace of Legion of Honor in San Francisco at 7:00am. It ended at the gates of San Quentin Prison around 6pm, well after word of the decision had come out. imc_photo.gif Photos | imc_video.gif Video Also on December 12th, a 4:00pm March for Tookie was held, going from the Mission Church in Santa Clara University to the Cathedral on Market Street in San Jose. An 8:30pm rally and vigil took place on San Francisco City Hall's Polk Street steps; people then proceeded by bus at 9PM to San Quentin Prison's East Gate, and will return by 1AM. A vigil was held in Fresno on Monday. imc_photo.gif Photos Vigils and events were also held in Sacramento, Tiburon, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Southern California, and all over the US. Details can be found on 12/11 update from Campaign to End the Death Penalty. Read about more events on Indybay's California News Page

On December 8th, Governor Schwarzenegger held a clemency hearing for Stanley "Tookie" Williams with defense lawyers, Los Angeles County prosecutors and other involved parties. The Governor set a 30-minute time limit for each side to argue its position on clemency. He did not hold this type of meeting for either of the clemency petitions that he has rejected (those of Kevin Cooper and Donald Beardslee). The importance of this hearing grew this past week when the California Supreme Court refused a request by lawyers for Williams to reopen the case. The People's Clemency Hearing for Stanley Tookie Williams took place on the steps of the State Capitol Building in Sacramento at 10:00am on December 8th (note time change).

Snoop Dogg visited Williams at San Quentin on December 7th. imc_audio.gif Davey D's interview with Snoop from after the meeting.

There will be rallies and screenings in cities all over the country this week and next, including a screening of "Redemption" at the Long Haul on Saturday night. On December 11th, internationally-known anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean will speak at a 2:00pm ACLU event in San Francisco.

Democracy Now's Interview with Stanley Tookie Williams | Sparing the Crips Founder: The Fight to Save Stanley "Tookie" Williams, by Matt Gonzalez | | NCADP's Petition
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