A blog by Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer Brian Tannebaum. Commenting on criminal law issues of local and national interest.

Monday, December 12, 2005

The Terminator "Agonizes" Over Tookie

Stanley "Tookie" Williams will not be granted clemency. He will die for the crimes for which he has been convicted.

On any Vegas sports book, that's where my money goes - all if it, in fact.

According to myway.com Actor and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is "agonizing" over the decision.

That makes me feel good, really.

No one, not even if a fan of the death penalty, should take lightly the power of deciding whether someone lives or dies.

He could have said nothing, or some legal-ese type statement like that he was "reviewing the case and will make the appropriate decision." Instead, he expressed the raw pain of this decision - that while simple to the "eye-for-an-eye crowd," is of epic proportion.

In the end though, even with a strong liberal base in California, Schwarzenegger will decline to grant clemency.

If he does grant clemency, it will be a bold move for a conservative politician. If he doesn't, well, at least he handled it with great debate, something not left to your average girly man.

Brian Tannebaum is a criminal defense attorney in Miami, Florida practicing in state and federal court. To learn more about Brian and his firm, Tannebaum Weiss, please click the link: http://www.tannebaumweiss.com/our_lawyers.php


  1. The Holy Spirit's message on The Christian Prophet blog today says that as long as Tookie lives on earth he pays the price for his mistakes, but when no longer living on earth he is totally forgiven and free.

  2. You were right...Tookie Williams is gone.

    While "his" gang was the most notorious, his apparent reformation, declarations against gangs, children's books etc. were intriguing.

    I found my ultra conservative self leaning toward clemency.

    I would never, for all the money in the world and the tea in china, ever want the power of deciding who lives or dies--ever!