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Calif. high court declines to block execution of founder of Crips street gang

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to halt the scheduled execution of convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams, the Crips gang founder who became an anti-gang activist while in prison and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.In a last-ditch legal move, defense attorneys petitioned the high court earlier this month, alleging shoddy forensic testing and other errors may have wrongly sent Williams to San Quentin State Prison, where he is scheduled die by injection Dec. 13.The defense derided as “junk science” ballistics evidence showing that a shotgun registered to Williams was used to kill three people during a 1979 motel robbery. The attorneys asked the court to allow re-examination of the evidence.Prosecutors argued there was no good reason to reopen Williams’ case. Allegations about the shotgun evidence were “based upon innuendo, supposition and the patent bias of his purported expert, not upon allegations of fact,” prosecutors said.The court voted 4-2 without comment to deny the inmate’s petition. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger or a federal court could still intervene to spare the 51-year-old Williams.Vail, Colorado


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