Aren’t you glad you’re not the “govinator” today?
Convicted murderer Stanley “Tookie” Williams is scheduled to die in about 12 hours in California. Pressure is on for governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant him clemency and commute his death sentence to life imprisonment.
No matter how this goes down, everybody is screwed.
Tookie has been nominated six times for a Nobel Peace Prize. But does that make it okay for him to have killed four people?
Not if they were members of my family, it doesn’t!!
But if this man is put to death, we look like beasts. I think it’s safe to say that the person who did those crimes in 1979 isn’t the same person being put to death.
And if Charles Manson’s death sentence could be commuted, you can certainly do that for someone who has renounced violence. I mean, really. Why is Manson not dead?
Then there’s the fact that Arnold wants to be re-elected. He stands to lose votes either way. If he doesn't commute the sentence, he’ll be destroyed in the next election by his opponent. Think of the ads they can come up with. But if he does grant clemency, he's “soft on crime” and he “caved in to the radical left.”
Oh, and there’ll probably be a riot if Tookie dies, God knows.
UPDATE: Arnold did not commute the sentence. Tookie will die tonight.