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Legal News
27 Sep 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] A California senior assistant attorney general testified Tuesday that the state of California failed to use a backup IV line during the execution of Crips gang co-founder and convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams [advocacy website] which unnecessarily complicated his execution. The testimony was gathered during a four-day federal court … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] A California [JURIST news archive] proposal for a two-year death penalty [JURIST news archive] moratorium hit a permanent stumbling block in the California Assembly's Appropriations Committee Thursday. The moratorium proposal [PDF text] intended to suspend executions in California until a commission completed a review of California's death penalty, including … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2006
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] California executed 76-year old Clarence Ray Allen [advocacy backgrounder, PDF] Tuesday morning, despite protests that executing the ailing inmate was cruel and unusual punishment. Allen, who was blind, nearly deaf and confined to a wheelchair, was California's oldest death row inmate and the second-oldest person executed in the US … [read more]


Legal News
27 Dec 2005
by Alexandria Samuel

[JURIST] Officials in the Austrian city of Graz have removed all references to Arnold Schwarzenegger from the city's website in the wake of controversy [JURIST report] over the California Governor's decision earlier this month to deny clemency [JURIST report] to Crips gang co-founder and convicted murder Stanley "Tookie" Williams [advocacy … [read more]


Academic Commentary
27 Dec 2005

JURIST Guest Columnist Austin Sarat, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College, says that California Arnold Schwarzenegger's ruling denying clemency in ths case of Crips gang co-founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams disregarded the constitutional foundations of clemency practice... By denying clemency to Stanley "Tookie" Williams Arnold … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] The debate over capital punishment [JURIST news archive] in California has gained new momentum following the execution [JURIST report] earlier this week of Crips gang co-founder and convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams [advocacy website]. Both sides are wondering what impact Williams' execution will have on currently-scheduled executions and the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] Crips gang co-founder and convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams [advocacy website] died at 12:35 AM Tuesday morning after being executed by lethal injection at California's San Quentin State Prison. The execution occurred a day after California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to grant Williams clemency [statement of decision, PDF; JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2005
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] AP is reporting that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has refused to grant clemency to Crips gang co-founder and convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams [advocacy website; clemency petition, PDF], set to be executed just after midnight tonight. In denying clemency, Schwarzenegger wrote: Williams claims that he is particularly deserving of … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] In a 6-0 vote, the California Supreme Court late Sunday refused to halt the execution of co-founder Crips gang [Wikipedia backgrounder] co-founder and convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams [advocacy website]. Williams was convicted of killing four people during two 1979 robberies and is due to be executed early on … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith

[JURIST] Bruce Gordon [NAACP profile], president and chief executive of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [press release] that death row inmate and convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams [advocacy website biography] be granted clemency, calling him a secret weapon for helping … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2005
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] California Supreme Court Chief Justice and Republican appointee Ronald George [official profile] said in a Reuters interview Tuesday that the state should execute death row inmates within five years of sentencing or reprieve them, as opposed to waiting for twenty years or more as it does now. This issue … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2005
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] The California Supreme Court [official website] late Wednesday denied a request by Stanley Tookie Williams [advocacy website], the Crips gang founder turned anti-gang activist, to halt his scheduled execution. Defense lawyers for Williams challenged forensic evidence in the case in a last-ditch effort to halt his execution scheduled for … [read more]

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