Like most of America, I was intrigued by all the drama surrounding the execution of Stanley 'Tookie' Williams, one of the founders of the notorious L.A. gang the Crips. There was much talk about his "redemption" over the years, primarily because he wrote children's books denouncing gang violence.
Williams had some high-profile friends to enlist in his effort to avoid execution, especially in Mike Farrell from TV's "M*A*S*H" and Jamie Foxx. Foxx played Williams in a movie.
Mark Daniels has some great thoughts about Tookie.
Related: How to start your own gang.
An aside: When I was in Washington on Sunday, I partially expected to see Jesse Jackson holding up some sign while standing in front of either the White House or the Capitol Building. But I learned from the news that night that the media hound was at Tookie's deathwatch.