Snoop Dogg Campaigns To Save Friend From Real Life Death Row

Published: 2005-11-18
Rapper Snoop Dogg is taking time out from selling cars for Lee Iacocca to use his near-ubiquitous media presence for good. Snoop's longtime friend Stanley "Tookie" Williams, co-founder of the notorious Los Angeles Crips gang (of which Snoop himself was once a member), is currently sitting on California's death row and is scheduled for execution next month.

Williams was convicted and sentenced to death in 1981 on four counts of murder stemming from two robbery charges. The appeals process, however, has now been exhausted and Williams' last chance to avoid the electric chair is for California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant him clemency and commute his sentence to life without the possibility of parole.

Snoop Dogg has gone public with his support for Williams' cause in hopes that it will help convince Schwarzenegger to sign the petition asking for Williams' life to be spared. The hip hop star will also attend a protest scheduled for Saturday (November 19) at San Quentin State Prison, where Williams is currently awaiting execution.

"We're just going up there to peacefully rally with the kids and just bring awareness up, because this guy is a great man and he's done a lot for the community," said the rapper.

Williams has maintained his innocence throughout his quarter century in jail, while also trying to stem the spread of gang violence from his position behind bars. He has written a series of children's books entitled "Tookie Speaks Out Against Gang Violence", which warn children of the dangers of gang life, crime and prison. He has also created a series of videotapes that have been used to try and bring peace between feuding gangs. Williams was recently portrayed by Jamie Foxx in a Golden Globe-nominated performance in the 2004 biopic, "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story".

"(Williams) has been nominated (for) Nobel Peace Prizes and he's a peaceful guy," said Snoop. "He's been accused of murder, and they're trying to execute him, and we just feel his voice should be heard. They should let him live because he's done so many positive things."

Williams is currently scheduled to be executed on December 13. For more information on efforts to spare his life, visit SaveTookie.org.

Writer: Neil McDonald

   

 

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man it was real sad what happend to the people he was acused of killing ...but im its real sad that a great man will have to die because of gang violence
Posted by: Anonymous on February 10, 2006
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