More than 90 California rabbis have signed a petition asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to pardon death-row inmate Stanley “Tookie” Williams. The former gang member and convicted murderer, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to turn at-risk youths away from crime, is scheduled to be killed Dec. 13. “While our tradition holds that murder is the worst offense,” states the petition, circulated by the Progressive Jewish Alliance, “the tradition also states that one who saves a life is considered as if he has saved an entire world.” The petition had 93 signatures as of Sunday morning. It will be presented to Schwarzenegger’s Los Angeles office Monday.
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