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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-15-05 07:21 PM
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Pardon Set for Black Woman Executed in '45
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-521...

Pardon Set for Black Woman Executed in '45


Tuesday August 16, 2005 1:01 AM

AP Photo GAEM601

By ELLIOTT MINOR

Associated Press Writer

rs after the black maid was put to death for killing a white man she
claimed held her in slavery and threatened her life.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has decided to pardon Lena
Baker and plans to present a proclamation to her descendants at its
Aug. 30 meeting in Atlanta, board spokeswoman Scheree Lipscomb said
Monday.

The board did not find Baker innocent of the crime, Lipscomb said.
Members instead found the decision to deny her clemency in 1945 "was
a grievous error, as this case called out for mercy," Lipscomb said.

Baker was sentenced to die following a one-day trial before an
all-white, all-male jury in Georgia.

<snip>

During her brief trial, Baker testified that E.B. Knight, a man she
had been hired to care for, held her against her will in a grist mill
and threatened to shoot her if she tried to leave. She said she
grabbed Knight's gun and shot him when he raised a metal bar to
strike her.

more...
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cornermouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-15-05 07:25 PM
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1. I see...
And do they plan to glue the pardon to her tombstone or (ghoulish thought) do they plan to dig her up and put it in the casket with her?
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-15-05 07:27 PM
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2. There are alot of racists who will have to pay for what they did
and hopefully are if there is an afterlife.
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jrthin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-15-05 09:26 PM
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3. And...hmmm...
how does this pardon help her now.
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-15-05 10:07 PM
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4. Hope they hurry.... n/t
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-15-05 10:19 PM
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5. "one-day trial before an all-white, all-male jury "
that poor woman....
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montana_hazeleyes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-15-05 10:24 PM
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8. Oh barb look!
We posted the same thing at the same time!
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-15-05 10:26 PM
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9. friend, great minds think alike
(Are you going to post the exact same words on this?)
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montana_hazeleyes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-15-05 10:48 PM
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10. yep' great minds.....
I won't post the whole thing ,but I was thinking it. :D
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montana_hazeleyes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-15-05 10:21 PM
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6. One day trial
before an all white, all male jury.....
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-15-05 10:22 PM
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7. Bit late
No!?!
Really sad.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-05 07:49 PM
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16. !
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-05 04:51 AM
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11. Pardon set for woman executed in Georgia
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8963656 /

ALBANY, Ga. - The only woman ever executed in Georgias electric chair is being granted a posthumous pardon, 60 years after the black maid was put to death for killing a white man she claimed held her in slavery and threatened her life.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has decided to pardon Lena Baker and plans to present a proclamation to her descendants at its Aug. 30 meeting in Atlanta, board spokeswoman Scheree Lipscomb said Monday.

The board did not find Baker innocent of the crime, Lipscomb said. Members instead found the decision to deny her clemency in 1945 was a grievous error, as this case called out for mercy, Lipscomb said.

Baker was sentenced to die following a one-day trial before an all-white, all-male jury in Georgia.

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countmyvote4real Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-05 04:51 AM
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12. I guess that's something, but it seems too little, too late.
I wonder if it will take 60 years to get a verifiable paper ballot from the black box voter screens in Georgia. I fear that it's already too late for that.
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-05 04:51 AM
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13. I think this is the definition of "Hollow Gesture."
Thanks Sonny P.
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countmyvote4real Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-05 04:51 AM
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15. That's good. And in true Southern code I say, "Bless his heart."
Edited on Tue Aug-16-05 02:17 AM by countmyvote4real
You know it, but for other readers it translates as "What a fucking moron."

NOTE to outsiders: The translated intent doesn't require the ramped-up explicative. That's a private understanding determined by the sensibilities of those within ear reach of the remark. Bottom line, you're discussing a total idiot.

Bless X heart could also be cross-referenced under cross to bare. This invokes the long suffering, noble and insurmountable goals of a Christian martyr (in particular), but can be shared by almost any cult, sect, political party, (whatever.) In my case, that would refer to my ignorant, but ever so evangelical immediate family in Georgia.

Used in a sentence together? You cant. Bless X heart is best as a stand alone.

When I saw the Bush/Cheney bumper sticker on my brothers car I had to bless his heart because I immediately knew that he would be my cross to bare. Bless his heart.

vs.

When I saw the Confederate flag displayed on the front lawn of my parents home I knew that somebody had a cross to bare. (They live in Georgia where this was an issue a few years ago.) Bless their (stupid, misguided) hearts.

Oddly enough, Im sure that I could convince them to hang a gay rainbow flag based on the colors alone. Perhaps if verfified vorter paper trail iinvoled some colors.... What else can I say but, Bless their hearts.
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-17-05 02:16 AM
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17. If you want to hear some BS "Orwellian code words" you should check
this out. It was on NPR's Talk of the Nation today, and this guy completely "Sugar Coated" the Facts of the case.

Note to John Cole Vodicka: The Word is "RAPE" and "Violent Sexual Attack."

<http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=48... >

Legal Affairs

Georgia Exonerates Maid -- 60 Years Later


Listen to this story...

Talk of the Nation, August 16, 2005 The state of Georgia has issued a posthumous pardon to an African-American woman executed in the electric chair for killing a white man more than 60 years ago. A court sentenced Lena Baker to die following a one-day trial before an all-white, all-male jury. Baker contended the man she killed held her in slavery.

Guest:

John Cole Vodicka, director of the Prison and Jail Project in Americus, Ga.
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mcctatas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-05 04:51 AM
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14. "Grievous error"...
Gee, error seems so harsh for state sanctioned murder of an abused woman. :sarcasm: :puke:
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