Gloria Romero

Crips founder deserves to die, Calif. officials say

LOS ANGELES -- California law enforcement officials have launched an unusually fierce campaign to block clemency for Stanley "Tookie" Williams, co-founder of the Crips, whose impending execution is shaping up as the state's most closely watched death penalty battle in decades.

In arguments both legal and emotional, officials are asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to reject pleas from clergymen, legislators and entertainers that Williams, who is scheduled to be put to death Dec. 13 for the murders of four people, has redeemed himself by his work on death row to dissuade young people from joining gangs.

Schwarzenegger has wide discretion in deciding clemency, which...