Here is a brief reason why Gov. Schwarzenegger's decision to deny clemency was a good one: Because Tookie Williams deserves to die because he was guilty of 4 counts of murder. The fact that Tookie deserves to die should bring no one joy. It's sad. But Tookie took 4 lives away from people that did not deserve to die. The murders occurred as Tookie was robbing them. He showed no remorse. Tookie deserves to die.
Tookie supporters are saying he deserves clemency because he saved so many lives because he reformed himself in prison and then wrote children's books encouraging them to stay out of gangs. The problem is that if Tookie is saved because he was reformed then suddenly every death row inmate is going to become Mother Teresa.
I actually believe that Tookie will save even more lives by being executed because potential gang members can follow Tookie's life to it's tragic conclusion and decide that this isn't the life that they want. If kids think that all they have to do is "reform" in prison, then that drive by might not seem so bad.
It's sad and unfortunate but Tookie deserves to die. I wish Gov. Schwarzenegger hadn't taken so long to make his decision.