Although I think Stanley "Tookie" Williams, multiple murderer and founder of the Crips gang, should be executed regardless of his supposed "redemption", I fail to see how he can possibly have met even the lowest threshold for forgiveness. Since being sentenced to death for the murders of Albert Owens, Tsai-Shai Yang, Yen-I Yang and Yee-Chin Lin in 1979, Williams has continually refused to admit his guilt or to assist investigators in dismantling the gang he founded. How can there be any sort of redemption without repentance?

Law enforcement officials, however, have told the governor that they don't believe in Williams' redemption because he has refused to admit that he committed the murders and has declined to participate in "debriefing" sessions with corrections officials about gang members.

Williams has said that even though he formally renounced gang life in 1997, participating in the "debriefing" sessions would make him a "snitch."

"Despite the overwhelming nature of the evidence against him, and despite the nonexistence of any credible defense, Stanley Williams steadfastly refused to take any responsibility for the brutal, destructive and murderous acts he committed. Without such responsibility, there can be no redemption, there can be no atonement, and there should be no mercy," says the filing by the district attorney, which was signed by John Monaghan, assistant head deputy district attorney, and Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren.

Cooley's letter to Schwarzenegger said that since Williams founded the Crips in 1979, the gang "has been responsible for literally thousands of murders in Los Angeles County alone."

Good riddance. The only regret society should have is that it took 25 years to execute this monster.



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