tookie spent something like 26 years in jail waiting to die, with 6 of those in "The Hole", in solitary confinement . He was offered the chance to get off of death row if he would just admit his guilt, but refused to confess to a crime he did not commit. Three black jurors were removed from his jury and replaced with whites, and everyone knows what an all white jury thinks about the co-founder of the crips. He did it, whatever it was. He swore to his dying day he did not commit those specific crimes and had evidence proving so.
I'm not saying Tookie never did anything wrong. He did a lot wrong, maybe just not this. Schwarzennegger had the ability to stop or even delay the death sentence but did nothing. But I mean, what can you do... how does it look defending the leader of all crips? During his time in jail, though, tookie completely, officially, and publicly renounced gang involvement and spent free time reading and writing books about gangs and how/why to avoid getting into them.
I would get my ass kicked for denouncing crips at the basketball game and i'm nobody. Tookie is the co-founder of the damn gang and denounced it. That's gangster as hell in my book... you jsut called thousands and thousands of crips suckers with self-esteem and social problems and it is the truth because you invented them.
He did a lot to stop gang violence, and the years after his press conference denouncing gangs, he got all types of letters from cities like LA and surrounding areas about how people have noticed gang trouble dropping drastically, almost instantly.
I've yet to fully read all the evidence bout his innocence but I don't think anyone should really be put to death for anything. Isn't torture worse anyway?