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December 02, 2005

Wrap Sheet: Tookie Williams

Bloggers don't do a lot of original reporting, but one area where they frequently outshine the press is in doing backgrounders, compilations of information about a subject to bring a clueless reader up to speed.

And, it hardly needs be said, this is often a more fair and balanced background that offered by the MSM.

Crosblog digests the case for executing Tookie Williams and the case for granting him clemency. You will not be surprised to learn that those seeking clemency for this multiple murderer aren't quite giving you the straight dope about his trial or the evidence against him.

Bear in mind: whatever complaints his defenders have about certain evidence, it is uncontested that this guy founded the ultraviolent Crips gang.

I know you're not supposed to look beyond the actual evidence, but give me an f'n' break. You don't found the Crips and expand it across the nation by holding charity bake-sales and knitting scarves for the homeless.


Yes, I Know It's "Rap" Sheet: I'm trying to make some kind of a vague pun, because the headline is so lame.

Wondering... If anyone's done a similar backgrounder on the Abramoff case, which I understand is vaguely important, but I don't know much about it. Say Anything?


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