Wednesday, December 07, 2005

redemption

Ok, so here's a tough question for you. Should Stanley Tookie Williams be put to death?

The founder of the Crips is appealing for clemency in the state of California in order to avoid the death penalty. Looks like it will be Schwarzenegger's call.

6 Comments:

Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

He should not die.

But on a technicality: the death penalty is an awful idea and he is worth more alive than dead.

He can continue doing good work he has been doing.

5:51 AM  
Blogger Leila said...

I have never posted a comment on a blog site before. However, since Jess threw out such a tempting question, I could not resist.

Mr. Williams should not be executed, but then again I am against the death penalty. Like the comment before me, he is doing more good alive. Also, state killing someone is a very expensive way to deal with a societal problem.

10:24 AM  
Blogger United We Lay said...

He shouldn't die but he should never get to live outside of a cell, either. He should be allowed on work release to do what he's been doing.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

The thing that bothers me most about this case is that he's never admitted to the murders he's accused of. The Supreme Court overruled his appeals, so now he's at the mercy of our macho governor. What a weird world we live in when a man who took away the lives of others is begging for his own, and justice is handed down by the Terminator himself.

p.s. Leila, I'm honored to be your first introduction to blogging. Thanks for joining the conversation!

8:03 PM  
Blogger Old Man Rich said...

No.
No one should be put to death.

Ocasionally killing is unavoidable. In a your them situation. When your an air marshal and some nutter tells you there's a bomb in his luggage & refuses to put his hands up. But to kill someone when you have the option of not killing them is wrong. No debate. No discussion. Its wrong.

4:33 AM  
Blogger mal said...

I am not sure how I feel about the death penalty. It is very final. I am thinking it should be reserved for predators (serial killers, rapists, molesters) who are a danger to society

That said, under the law though, if he did the crime, he gets the punishment. Arbitrary clemency with no clear policy makes the death penalty "cruel and unusual" in my mind

I am glad I do not have to make the decision

5:42 AM  

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