Founder of the infamous street gang, the "Crips," Stanley "Tookie" Williams is scheduled to be executed on December 13. Almost a quarter of a century ago, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES reports, Williams was found guilty of ...
" ... four Los Angeles murders in the shootings of Albert Owens, who was killed in the robbery of a 7-Eleven store on Feb. 27, 1979, and of motel owners Yen-I Yang and Thsai-Shaic Yang and their daughter, Yee Chen Lin, at the Brookhaven Motel on South Vermont Avenue 12 days later."
A coalition of anti-death penalty religious leaders, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish, is fighting for Williams' life claiming that the convicted murderer is now rehabilitated. He has written several children's books aimed at convincing youngsters to reject the gang lifestyle. In addition to having a television movie made about his life, Williams, we are told, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Albert Owens' stepmother is convinced that Williams should die. Lora Owens says that Williams has not own up to his crimes.
"To be redeemed means to accept responsibility or assume responsibility and not use it as a means of getting out of just punishment," [Lora] Owens said. "He chose to be judge, jury and executioner in a matter of seconds, and yet it has taken years for him to come to justice," she said.
On the night of his murder, Albert Owens had been working at a 7-Eleven convenience store. After Williams and his 3 accomplices robbed the store clerk of $170, Williams shot him to death.
According to the LA TIMES, Williams' "clemency team" includes "the Rev. James Lawson
, a longtime civil rights leader; Catholic priest Christopher Ponnet
; and Rabbi Leonard Beerman
, the founding rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in West Los Angeles."
Rev. Lawson and Rabbi Beerman are both
solidly and unabashedly pro-abortion.
Father Ponnet claims to subscribe to the "consistent life ethic" and posts links of that sort on his St. Camillus website. According to THE TIDINGS
, Father Ponnet is at the forefront of the fight to save Williams' life.
And where was Father Ponnet when Terri Schiavo and her family were fighting desperately against her execution by starvation
for the answer.