California (CNN) — A federal appeals court has refused to block the scheduled Tuesday execution of Stanley Tookie Williams, who co-founded the Crips street gang.
The court made its decision Monday afternoon, about nine hours before Williams is to receive a lethal injection.
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UPDATE: Gov. Schwarzenegger’s refused clemency for Tookie Williams. Scheduled execution will go forward.
Schwarzenegger was unconvinced that Williams had had a change of heart, and he was unswayed by pleas from Hollywood stars and capital punishment foes who said the inmate had made amends by writing children’s books about the dangers of gangs.
“Is Williams’ redemption complete and sincere, or is it just a hollow promise?” Schwarzenegger wrote less than 12 hours before the execution. “Without an apology and atonement for these senseless and brutal killings, there can be no redemption.”
He added: “The facts do not justify overturning the jury’s verdict or the decisions of the courts in this case.”
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SAN FRANCISCO Ã¢â‚¬” Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to stop the execution Monday of Crips gang co-founder Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams, who was set to die by lethal injection early Tuesday.
The death penalty of Williams, 51, will go ahead as planned at 3:01 a.m. EST (12:01 PST) at San Quentin State Prison. Williams will be executed for murdering four people in two 1979 holdups.
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