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November 20, 2007 | Celeste Fremon, Special to The Times
IN the manner of tribal origin myths, stories about the beginning of the street gang known as the Crips have been set down with varying degrees of authority by academics, journalists and a slew of former gangsters, members of the last usually claiming to have been integral to the gang's formation. In the most common version, the Crips started as an offshoot of the Black Panthers, the name CRIP an acronym for Community Revolution in Progress.
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November 20, 2007 | Celeste Fremon, Special to The Times
IN the manner of tribal origin myths, stories about the beginning of the street gang known as the Crips have been set down with varying degrees of authority by academics, journalists and a slew of former gangsters, members of the last usually claiming to have been integral to the gang's formation. In the most common version, the Crips started as an offshoot of the Black Panthers, the name CRIP an acronym for Community Revolution in Progress.
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November 19, 2005 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
The California attorney general's office Friday asked the state Supreme Court to deny a motion from attorneys for Stanley Tookie Williams seeking information they believe would cast doubt on the validity of his 1981 convictions on four murder charges. Williams, 51, co-founder of the Crips gang, is scheduled to be executed Dec. 13 at San Quentin State Prison. His lawyers have asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency because of Williams' anti-gang work in recent years.
OPINION
September 8, 2006
Re "Problems Alleged in Williams' Execution," Sept. 6 This puts another nail in the coffin of the death penalty. Let's face it -- there is no humane way to execute someone. And why should our government be in the business of executing its citizens? Another crucial nail is how many cases there are of wrongfully accused people on death row. Let's join the world's more civilized countries and quit this barbaric and immoral practice. JOYCE KOHL Altadena Lawyers for another death row inmate claim that Stanley Tookie Williams may have felt horrible pain when he was executed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2005 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
Attorneys for four-time convicted murderer Stanley "Tookie" Williams are trying to get access to a wide array of trial evidence in a longshot bid to stop his execution on grounds that his convictions were unconstitutional. Williams, 51, a co-founder of the Crips gang, is scheduled to be executed Dec. 13. This week, his attorneys asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant him clemency for his work as an anti-gang activist on death row.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2005 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
Attorneys for four-time convicted murderer Stanley "Tookie" Williams asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday to grant clemency to the co-founder of the Crips, who became an anti-gang activist years after he went to death row in 1981. Williams, 51, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison on Dec. 13, unless Schwarzenegger commutes his death sentence to a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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March 28, 1999 | From Associated Press
The inmate's eyes soften when he talks about his work with children. Stanley "Tookie" Williams, co-founder of the notorious Crips, regrets--regrets big--that he can't do more, teach more, save more children. He takes as an insult the query whether rescuing one youngster's life is enough. It's not nearly enough for him. His time is limited, and he knows it. Williams, 45, has spent the last 18 years on San Quentin's death row for killing four people during two robberies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2005
The son of Crips gang co-founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams is wanted on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor and is considered armed and dangerous, police said Tuesday. Lafayette Jones, 36, allegedly picked up a 14-year-old girl in his vehicle Saturday and then sexually assaulted her at gunpoint, according to police Lt. Eric Wendt. Jones is described as 5 feet 6 and 143 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fontana police at (909) 350-7720.
HOME & GARDEN
December 22, 2005
RE "These Walls Do Talk" [Dec. 8]: While Los Angeles was heatedly debating whether Stanley Tookie Williams should be executed, The Times ran a story about an African American couple who is living the American dream and preserving African and American history. An upshot of the story is that an American family of color can acquire wealth and use those resources to advance the culture from whence they came. As the article notes, the Kinseys use their home to raise money for worthy causes.
OPINION
September 15, 2002
I hope that if I am ever brutally murdered, it is not by some cunning criminal who is able to put two words together and get the sympathy of liberal intellectuals the world over ("Death Upheld for Crips Founder," Sept. 11). Perhaps if Stanley "Tookie" Williams had devoted his life to writing children's books before he slaughtered a father, mother and daughter from a single family in cold blood he would not have to rely on the support he receives from people who should really know better.
OPINION
February 23, 2006
Re "State Halts Execution to Review Procedure," Feb. 22 The San Quentin State Prison warden wants to make sure that killer and rapist Michael Morales will feel no pain at his execution. Did the young woman he choked, beat with a hammer, raped and stabbed in the heart feel no pain? Am I the only one who thinks there is something wrong here? DON WAGNER Santa Monica For those of us unsure of the merits of the death penalty, the indefinite postponement of Morales' execution is encouraging.
OPINION
January 17, 2006
Re "The death penalty doesn't pay," Opinion, Jan. 13 Until you have stood knee-deep in the wreckage caused by people like Stanley Tookie Williams, Clarence Ray Allen and others who have blasted their way through innocent human lives, you have no reference point in the debate concerning whether the penalty fits the crime. People like Elisabeth Semel have the ability to view murder like a day at the library. No body fluids or protruding body parts, no retching smells, no emotions, no wailing relatives and no urge to vomit.
OPINION
December 22, 2005
Re "Funeral Service Celebrates Williams' Conversion From Violence to Peace," Dec. 21 The Rev. Jesse Jackson said, "We are not safer, we are not more secure, we're not more humane." He could have added that Albert Owens is still dead, having been shot in the back with a shotgun, witnessed by three of Stanley Tookie Williams' fellow thieves. Snoop Dogg said, "Another black king will be taken from the scene." He did not mention the Asian Americans removed from the scene by the "king."
HOME & GARDEN
December 22, 2005
RE "These Walls Do Talk" [Dec. 8]: While Los Angeles was heatedly debating whether Stanley Tookie Williams should be executed, The Times ran a story about an African American couple who is living the American dream and preserving African and American history. An upshot of the story is that an American family of color can acquire wealth and use those resources to advance the culture from whence they came. As the article notes, the Kinseys use their home to raise money for worthy causes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2005 | Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
Stanley Tookie Williams was remembered Tuesday as a man who transformed himself after an early life of violence into a redeemed peacemaker and advocate for children. More than 2,000 people waited in line outside the Bethel AME Church in South Los Angeles to attend his funeral service, which included tributes from friends and dignitaries, messages from Williams recorded shortly before his execution and a passionate call for peace from his son.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2005 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
For many of the mourners filing past the casket Monday, the gray-bearded gentleman in the tailored gray suit and silk tie bore little resemblance to the man they remembered as the muscle-bound, fearsome Crips co-founder, Stanley Tookie Williams. "When I was a kid, Tookie was the most dangerous man in South-Central Los Angeles," recalled Najee Ali, 42, director of Project Islamic Hope, a Los Angeles-based civil rights group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2000
Re "San Quentin Death Row Inmate a Nobel Nominee," Nov. 19: Though I commend former gang member Stanley "Tookie" Williams on his efforts to reduce youth violence and for the way he has turned his life around, I still do not believe he should have been eligible and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Williams, founder of the brutal Crips gang, was convicted of killing four people in 1981, which should have disqualified him for the award. An individual's entire life should be taken into consideration when nominating him for this prestigious award, not just a portion of his life.
OPINION
December 8, 2005
Re "Who let this Dogg out?" Opinion, Dec. 7 Although still critical of The Times' editorial staff changes, I must say that I am impressed with Erin Aubry Kaplan's first column. Going to some pains to not advocate for Stanley Tookie Williams nor overly lampoon Snoop Dogg, she has constructed a thought-provoking piece of journalism. I will continue to look for her column with interest. JEFF GERSHOFF Topanga Re Kaplan's description of the "racially oppressive age of George W. Bush": Hardly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2005 | Dana Parsons
Even on the first full day after a midnight execution, the sun shines bright in Southern California. In other words, no overt sign from God that he frowns on the state of California lethally injecting a convicted murderer who claimed innocence and redemption. No punishing rains, no earthquake. Not even that many clouds. To the extent that we humans object to executions, we keep our own counsel.
WORLD
December 14, 2005 | Alissa J. Rubin, Times Staff Writer
For years in his Austrian homeland the tabloid papers affectionately referred to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as "Our Arnie." On Tuesday, after he refused to pardon convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams, a headline on the front page of one of the country's largest newspapers was "Terminator." Williams was executed by lethal injection early Tuesday morning after a worldwide campaign to persuade Schwarzenegger or U.S. courts to spare him.
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