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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Georgia pardons an executed woman

In 1945 the state of Georgia executed 44-year old Lena Baker for the alleged slaying of her employer. Today the sate issued a pardon to Baker calling her execution a "grevious error," reports the Washington Post.

During her trial Baker, a black woman, claimed her employer, a white man, was holding her as a sex-slave, and that she shot him in self-defense as he attacked her with a crowbar. An all-white jury convicted Baker of capital murder during a one-hour deliberation in the segregated south.

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