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November 23, 2005

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The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, has rejected Wesley Baker's appeal.

Maryland's highest court rejected Wednesday every request before it from death row inmate Wesley Eugene Baker, including an emergency motion to stay his scheduled execution next month and an appeal based on a state-funded study that found racial and geographic disparities in the state's use of capital punishment.
A big issue in the case was a study of alleged racial bias in capital punishment in Maryland. The basic idea is that different jurisdictions pursue death cases differently. Baker stupidly murdered someone in Baltimore County, where the State's Attorney often sought the death penalty, instead of over the line in Baltimore City, where the State's Attorney makes Michael Dukakis look tough on capital punishment.

I previously wrote about the Wesley Baker case here and here.

UPDATE (11/29): Wesley Baker gets a defense.