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The Gangsta as Nobel Nominee

A Crip and his credulous friends smooth over a life of murder and mayhem

Dec 18, 2000, Vol. 6, No. 14 • By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS
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San Quentin spokesman Vernell Crittendon reports, "We have received information as recent as June 2000 from other inmates in other prisons that he is the leader of the Blue Note Crips," a prison branch of the Los Angeles gang. What about Tookie's denials? Crittendon responds, "Find me a gang leader who says he's a gang leader."

Debra J. Saunders writes a syndicated column for the San Francisco Chronicle.