BET NEWS PRESENTS IN-DEPTH LOOK AT CONTROVERSIAL STANLEY "TOOKIE" WILLIAMS CASE WEDNESDAY (TONIGHT) AT 7:30 P.M. ET/PT "Stanley Tookie Williams: A Question of Justice" Will Track Ex-Gang Leader's History and Pending Execution as Debate Rages Over Clemency Issue

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com - His journey from infamous gang leader to death sentence and now fight for redemption is already the subject of Hollywood movie scripts. But as the reality of his scheduled December 13 execution date looms closer, BET News will go inside the case of Los Angeles "Crips" gang co-founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams and the growing controversy over whether he should be granted clemency for a quadruple-murder conviction. Hosted by BET News reporter Andre Showell, BET will televise Stanley Tookie Williams: A Question of Justice tonight (December 7) at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT, with an encore showing at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

This BET News production includes actual interviews with Williams and key figures involved both in his life and the high-profile case. Among those featured in the BET telecast are Williams' legal team member Verna Wefald, NAACP President and CEO Bruce Gordon, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, actress Alfre Woodard, and noted radio host and columnist Earl Ofari Hutchinson.

The Williams saga is a long one, dating back to 1971 when he co-founded one of the country's most notorious street gangs. In 1981, he was convicted of murdering four people during two robberies and sentenced to death row at California's famed maximum-security San Quentin State Prison. While imprisoned, the transformation of Williams has garnered world-wide attention, with Williams having authored nine acclaimed children's books educating youth to avoid gangs and crime. So compelling are Williams' works that he has received multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize for literature.

In addition to presenting this in-depth review of the Williams case, BET News will follow closely and report on the pivotal events of this week which will determine Williams' fate, including his clemency hearing before California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on December 8; the anticipated decision by the governor by week's end; and Williams scheduled execution on December 13.

 
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