I see Arnie has shocked absolutely no-one to the core by refusing to grant clemency to Stanley "Tookie" Williams. Mr Williams appears to have been something of a reformed character in his later years and I suspect that as he was still denying the murders for which he was sentenced after 23 years, he might well have been innocent of those crimes, though he was certainly guilty at the very least of years of extreme violence.
He also, by his own admission founded the Crips, a deeply unpleasant and violent bunch who have brought untold misery to many innocent people, not that I'd say that to their faces. For that alone who should have been locked up, however I do not approve of the death penalty. If I were facing a life sentence I'd rather they just killed me and got it over with. This life for a life stuff is all very well but it let's murderers off far too lightly.
I don't care how much it costs, these people should wake up everyday in surroundings that remind them of what they've done. I also wholeheartedly support restorative justice schemes and believe that these should be available to the families of murder victims, not just victims of 'low level' crimes.
To return to the late Mr Williams I can't help feel that killing him represented a wasted opportunity. As far as I can tell he seemed to be rather fine campaigner who had some success in encouraging people to turn way from gang violence. Killing him has not brought anyone back from the dead. Leaving him to spend the rest of his natural life in prison campaigning against gang violence might at least have saved a few lives.