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TOOKIE WATCH

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By Michelle Malkin  •  November 30, 2005 06:30 PM

***breaking: California Supreme Court won’t block execution***

Everything you need to know about Death Row inmate/convicted murderer/Crips co-founder Tookie Williams is here, in the LA County District Attorney’s response to Williams’ clemency petition.

Read the whole thing.

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Continuing blog coverage…

Joanne Jacobs and Hube guest-blogging at La Shawn Barber’s scrutizine a “Tookie Teach-In” at an Oakland school.

John Hawkins at Right Wing News weighs in.

Shay at Booker Rising has questions for Gov. Schwarzenegger.

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Update: Via AP

Crips co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams moved a step closer to the death chamber Wednesday when the California Supreme Court refused to reopen his case in four murders and halt the state’s highest-profile execution since the death penalty was reinstated.

In a last-ditch legal move, Williams alleged that shoddy forensic testing and other errors wrongly sent him to San Quentin State Prison, where he is scheduled die by lethal injection Dec. 13.

Lawyers for the convicted murderer who claims he redeemed himself on death row by penning anti-gang books for kids wanted to re-exam ballistics evidence that showed Williams’ shotgun was used to kill three people during a Pico Rivera motel robbery in 1979.

The defense claimed the forensic evidence was “junk science,” but prosecutors said that allegation was “based upon innuendo, supposition and the patent bias of his purported expert, not upon allegations of fact,” prosecutors said.

“The extraordinary relief Williams sought is reserved for those cases which have legal merit,” said Nathan Barankin, spokesman for Attorney General Bill Lockyer.

The court voted 4-2 without to deny Williams’ petition. Chief Justice Ronald George voted to reopen the case…

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