Early this morning, the State of California executed Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the Crips gang co-founder convicted in 1981 of four 1979 robbery-related murders. Williams and his legal team had appealed to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for clemency—a commutation of Williams's death sentence to life without parole. Since 1993, they asserted, Williams had become a leading spokesman against gang violence, authoring a number of anti-gang children's books, and even netting himself several Nobel Peace Prize nominations in light of so stark a change of heart. Still, Schwarzenegger refused. How could Williams have convinced the... More >>>