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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2003
In a bid for a new sentencing hearing for a man on death row, the lawyer for Wesley Baker yesterday asked the state's highest court to rule that the Harford County judge who sentenced Baker to die forfeited his judicial authority by temporarily moving from the county or to order a fact-finding hearing on the allegation that the judge moved. "I'm here because Wesley Baker sits on the precipice of being executed by a judge who did not have the authority" to sentence him, Stuart Jay Robinson, Baker's lawyer, argued to the Court of Appeals.
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January 28, 2013
As usual, Gov. Martin O'Malley, the poster boy for liberal diatribe, has it all wrong again. In seeking to abolish the death penalty, Governor O'Malley cites the "fact" that even when capital punishment was the law of the land, the rate of murder showed no significant decrease. His pathetic argument that capital punishment is no deterrent is almost laughable. In order to expect the death penalty to deter crime, one must insure its proper application. Since 1976, 17,569 murders have been committed in the state of Maryland.
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January 28, 2013
As usual, Gov. Martin O'Malley, the poster boy for liberal diatribe, has it all wrong again. In seeking to abolish the death penalty, Governor O'Malley cites the "fact" that even when capital punishment was the law of the land, the rate of murder showed no significant decrease. His pathetic argument that capital punishment is no deterrent is almost laughable. In order to expect the death penalty to deter crime, one must insure its proper application. Since 1976, 17,569 murders have been committed in the state of Maryland.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | September 14, 2004
Lawyers for a death row inmate argued before the state's highest court yesterday that the process in Maryland for sentencing death penalty cases is flawed - and later said they are preparing a broader legal challenge that would explore the issue of race in capital cases. Wesley Baker's attorneys plan to use in an appeal a University of Maryland study released last year that found racial and geographic influences on capital punishment in the state. "It's a substantial issue that hasn't yet been addressed," said Baker's lawyer, William B. Purpura.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | September 14, 2004
Lawyers for a death row inmate argued before the state's highest court yesterday that the process in Maryland for sentencing death penalty cases is flawed - and later said they are preparing a broader legal challenge that would explore the issue of race in capital cases. Wesley Baker's attorneys plan to use in an appeal a University of Maryland study released last year that found racial and geographic influences on capital punishment in the state. "It's a substantial issue that hasn't yet been addressed," said Baker's lawyer, William B. Purpura.
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By GREGORY KANE | May 15, 2002
SO LET'S get this straight: On the evening of June 6, 1991, one Wesley Baker walked up to Jane Frances Tyson as she sat in her car. Tyson had just finished shopping in the Westview Mall. Her grandchildren, a 6-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, were with her in the car. Baker demanded Tyson's purse and then, in full view of the little ones, shot her in the head. Baker grabbed Tyson's purse and ran to a nearby Chevy Blazer driven by his cohort, Gregory Lawrence. Baltimore County police caught the pair a short time later.
NEWS
February 21, 2002
Wesley Baker's case doesn't meet criteria for the death penalty I am horrified by Baltimore County State's Attorney Sandra A. O'Connor's decision to seek a death warrant against Wesley Baker ("Death warrant sought in 1991 case," Feb. 13). Mr. Baker's case reflects a disturbing pattern in Maryland in which poor, black defendants accused of killing whites receive the death sentence more often than others accused of similar crimes. Neither the facts used to convict him nor the circumstances of the crime fit the standards set for death penalty cases.
NEWS
January 11, 2004
The Rev. Wesley Clyde Baker, whose career as a Presbyterian minister spanned nearly six decades, died of renal failure Jan. 4 at his Severna Park home. He was 80. Mr. Baker was born in Seattle and raised in California and Arizona. He earned his bachelor's degree in the history of religion from Arizona State University in 1943. He was a 1946 graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary and was ordained by the Presbytery of Phoenix that year. Early in his ministry, Mr. Baker worked as a resettlement director for Hungarian refugees in Los Angeles.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2002
Death penalty opponents are lobbying in Annapolis as part of a statewide effort to persuade Gov. Parris N. Glendening to stop this month's execution of Wesley Eugene Baker for the 1991 murder of a grandmother at Westview Mall. Baker, 44, is scheduled to die the week of May 13 for the shooting death of Jane Tyson outside the mall as her two grandchildren watched. The date for the execution has not been set by state corrections officials. Attorneys for Baker, whose death warrant was signed in March, are seeking reviews by the Supreme Court and the Maryland Court of Appeals and plan to file a clemency petition with Glendening early next week.
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By Sheridan Lyons | October 25, 1991
A Woodlawn man was found guilty of murder yesterday by a Baltimore County jury in the fatal shooting and $10 robbery of Jane Frances Tyson June 6 on the back lot of Westview Mall, where she had taken two of her grandchildren to buy shoes.Gregory Lawrence, 34, of Cheviot Court, who was accused of being the getaway driver in a robbery that turned to murder, was convicted of first-degree murder, armed robbery and a handgun violation.The jury deliberated for 5 1/2 hours before returning the verdict at 10:30 p.m. Lawrence could get up to life without parole at his sentencing Jan. 13.Lawrence testified yesterday that he had taken the other defendant to buy a tape for a videocassette recorder at the mall and had nothing to do with the crime.
NEWS
January 11, 2004
The Rev. Wesley Clyde Baker, whose career as a Presbyterian minister spanned nearly six decades, died of renal failure Jan. 4 at his Severna Park home. He was 80. Mr. Baker was born in Seattle and raised in California and Arizona. He earned his bachelor's degree in the history of religion from Arizona State University in 1943. He was a 1946 graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary and was ordained by the Presbytery of Phoenix that year. Early in his ministry, Mr. Baker worked as a resettlement director for Hungarian refugees in Los Angeles.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2003
In a bid for a new sentencing hearing for a man on death row, the lawyer for Wesley Baker yesterday asked the state's highest court to rule that the Harford County judge who sentenced Baker to die forfeited his judicial authority by temporarily moving from the county or to order a fact-finding hearing on the allegation that the judge moved. "I'm here because Wesley Baker sits on the precipice of being executed by a judge who did not have the authority" to sentence him, Stuart Jay Robinson, Baker's lawyer, argued to the Court of Appeals.
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By GREGORY KANE | May 15, 2002
SO LET'S get this straight: On the evening of June 6, 1991, one Wesley Baker walked up to Jane Frances Tyson as she sat in her car. Tyson had just finished shopping in the Westview Mall. Her grandchildren, a 6-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, were with her in the car. Baker demanded Tyson's purse and then, in full view of the little ones, shot her in the head. Baker grabbed Tyson's purse and ran to a nearby Chevy Blazer driven by his cohort, Gregory Lawrence. Baltimore County police caught the pair a short time later.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2002
Death penalty opponents are lobbying in Annapolis as part of a statewide effort to persuade Gov. Parris N. Glendening to stop this month's execution of Wesley Eugene Baker for the 1991 murder of a grandmother at Westview Mall. Baker, 44, is scheduled to die the week of May 13 for the shooting death of Jane Tyson outside the mall as her two grandchildren watched. The date for the execution has not been set by state corrections officials. Attorneys for Baker, whose death warrant was signed in March, are seeking reviews by the Supreme Court and the Maryland Court of Appeals and plan to file a clemency petition with Glendening early next week.
NEWS
February 21, 2002
Wesley Baker's case doesn't meet criteria for the death penalty I am horrified by Baltimore County State's Attorney Sandra A. O'Connor's decision to seek a death warrant against Wesley Baker ("Death warrant sought in 1991 case," Feb. 13). Mr. Baker's case reflects a disturbing pattern in Maryland in which poor, black defendants accused of killing whites receive the death sentence more often than others accused of similar crimes. Neither the facts used to convict him nor the circumstances of the crime fit the standards set for death penalty cases.
NEWS
June 13, 1991
A 33-year-old man, charged with the murder of a teacher's aide a week ago on the Westview Mall parking lot, has been accused of attempted murder in an unrelated attack, Baltimore County police say.Wesley Baker, of the 1300 block of Homestead St. in East Baltimore, is being held without bond in the Baltimore County Detention Center on charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery and handgun violations in connection with the death of Jane Frances Tyson, 49.Tyson...
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