Sunday, November 20, 2005

…and throw away the key

On December 13, 2005, Crips co-founder Tookie Williams is scheduled for execution. There’s currently an enormous stir in the press in a bid for his clemency (just Google his name.) While long an instinctive supporter of capital punishment, I’ve been recently surprised to find myself opposing it, particularly with the many recent revelations of long-time inmates being exonerated by DNA evidence.

Guilt in this case seems pretty clear to me (read the LA County DA’s response to the clemency appeal) and I have NO sympathy for him, but I’m not sure what benefit we as a society derive from killing a killer. My vote on protecting society from people like this is to keep him (and any other death penalty convictions) in prison for life, without possibility of parole.

Crips: n. A notorious and widely-emulated LA-origin street gang that sucked in a good friend in the late 70s and has since spread virally nationwide. Counterpart of a ludicrous Hatfield-McCoy-style feud with the ‘Bloods’ (which sucked in another friend at the time).

Here are some interesting links describing the Crips:

The only positive thing I’ve seen come out of them is some bouncin’ music and a particularly fun (if difficult and controversial) little dance, the C-walk.

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