Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gangster Is Terminated by Arnie

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gangster Is Terminated by Arnie

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Byline: VALENTINE LOW

GANG leader turned anti-crime campaigner Stanley "Tookie" Williams faced execution today after California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to spare his life.

Schwarzenegger turned down appeals for clemency from a host of Hollywood celebrities, saying the founder of the notorious Crips gang had shown no remorse for the murders of four people in Los Angeles in 1979.

Schwarzenegger wrote less than 12 hours before the execution: "Without an apology and atonement for these brutal killings, there can be no redemption."

Williams, 51, was to be killed by lethal injection in San Quentin prison at a minute past midnight - 8.01am GMT, after the US Supreme Court rejected his final appeal.

The case has generated widespread interest because of the books Williams wrote warning young people against gangs.

Numerous stars have called for his life to be spared, including Jamie Foxx, who played Williams in a TV film, rapper Snoop Dogg, himself a former Crip, Sister Helen Prejean, the nun depicted in the film Dead Man Walking, and Bianca Jagger. …

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