Even with tons of support from various people including Snoop Dogg and several artists in the hip-hop community Stanley "Tookie" Williams' last ounce of hope has dissolved, as California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to grant the Crips co-founder's appeal for clemency today.Less than 12 hours before his scheduled execution, Tookies' last chance was Schwarzenegger AKA The Terminator (See Picture Below).
"Clemency cases are always difficult, and this one is no exception," Schwarzenegger said. "After studying the evidence, searching the history, listening to the arguments and wrestling with the profound consequences, I could find no justification for granting clemency. The facts do not justify overturning the jury's verdict or the decisions of the courts in this case."
But really, did everyone expect someone nicknamed
"The Terminator" to grant a release from execution?
If that was everyone's last hope they were sadly disillusioned.
Many of the inmate's supporters made their last stand on Sunday (December 11), indicating that a man who could help prove Williams' innocence had come forward. According to Allhiphop.com, the group of supporters recorded and forwarded the alleged witness statements to Governor Schwarzenegger's office for his review, but without success.
Schwarzenegger called the decision of Williams' clemency "a very heavy responsibility." Williams now faces execution by lethal injection on Tuesday (December 13) for the murder of four individuals in 1979.
In an interview conducted in November, Williams seems to be accepting his fate with out complaint.
"I am not the kind of person to sit around and worry about being executed," Williams told Reuters last month. "I'm sure there are detractors who would like to hear that I am weeping ... [but] I fear nothing except God."
Williams' case was also taken to the California Supreme Court, where it ruled on Sunday (December 11) to allow his execution to proceed as scheduled on Tuesday, saying that each of the nine claims were "without merit."In addition, a federal appeals court also ruled on Monday against the stay of execution for Williams. Williams is expected to be executed one minute after midnight.