DEATH ROW CASE REFUSED BY COURT.Byline: Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to review the case of San Quentin San Quentin (săn kwĕn`tən), peninsula extending into San Francisco Bay, W Calif., N of San Francisco. The state prison there was begun in 1852. San Quentin is the western terminus of the Richmond–San Rafael Bridge. death row inmate Stanley ``Tookie'' Williams, a founder of the Crips gang in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. who has authored children's books, renounced his gang past and even been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize The Nobel Peace Prize (Swedish and Norwegian: Nobels fredspris) is the name of one of five Nobel Prizes bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. .
The decision now likely leaves Williams' fate in the hands of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): [ˈaɐ̯nɔlt ˈaloɪ̯s ˈʃvaɐ̯ʦənˌʔɛɡɐ] , who is expected to soon begin the clemency Leniency or mercy. A power given to a public official, such as a governor or the president, to in some way lower or moderate the harshness of punishment imposed upon a prisoner.
Clemency is considered to be an act of grace. review process.
Supporters have already been circulating petitions to the governor to save Williams, who was convicted of four counts of murder stemming from two attacks in 1979.
Schwarzenegger has only reviewed two death-penalty cases since taking office and did not grant clemency to either inmate.
A time line and process for the review has not been determined yet, Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Margita Thompson said Tuesday.
``Each process is different,'' Thompson said. ``It's determined on a case-by-case basis.''
The nation's highest court did not comment in rejecting the request on behalf of Williams. His attorneys argued that the prosecutor had engaged in racial discrimination by seeking to keep blacks off the jury.
In February, a federal appeals court panel cleared the way for Williams' execution, with a majority of the judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voting against re-hearing his appeal.
Williams was 16 when he and a high school friend, Raymond Washington, began the Crips street gang in South Los Angeles South Los Angeles is the official name for a large geographic and cultural area lying to the southwest and southeast of downtown Los Angeles, California. The area was formerly called South Central Los Angeles, and is still sometimes called South Central. in 1971.
Ten years later, he was sentenced to death for shooting a Whittier 7-Eleven employee, Albert Lewis Owens. He also was convicted of the shotgun murders of a Chinese couple that owned a South Vermont Avenue motel, along with their daughter, who died during a robbery less than two weeks after Owens' murder.