NAACP pushes Schwarzenegger to spare death row inmate

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December 07, 2005|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

LOS ANGELES -- Seeking to build pressure on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the NAACP staged a four-city tour yesterday urging the governor to grant clemency to Stanley "Tookie" Williams, who is scheduled to be executed next week.

The group visited Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Sacramento as part of the campaign to persuade the governor to spare Williams.

Tomorrow, Schwarzenegger is scheduled to hold a private hearing on Williams, one of the founders of the Crips gang.

In 1981, Williams was convicted of four murders during two robberies. Williams has maintained that he is innocent. His plea for clemency is based on his transformation while in prison for almost a quarter-century. He and his supporters argue that he has changed his life, writing children's books and warning youths of the perils of gang violence.

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