William Henry Cardinal Keeler † William Henry Cardinal Keeler †
Function:
Archbishop of Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Title:
Cardinal Priest of S Maria degli Angeli
Birthdate:
Mar 04, 1931
Country:
USA
Elevated:
Nov 26, 1994
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English Cardinal Seeking Clemency For Convicted Killer
Dec 04, 2005
The archbishop of Baltimore, Cardinal William Keeler, makes a rare prison visit to pray with a convicted killer, who is awaiting execution, and tell him Catholic leaders are seeking clemency for him.

Baltimore, MD (allheadlinenews.com, November 29, 2005) - Keeler met with Wesley Baker on Monday. The inmate was put to death for the 1991 murder of Jane Tyson, a 48-year-old teacher's aide who was shot in the parking lot of a mall, where she had taken her grandchildren shopping.

Keeler says Baker, "seemed very grateful." It is the archbishops first visit to an inmate awaiting execution.

Keeler, along with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington and Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli of Wilmington, Delaware, sent a letter Monday asking Gov. Robert Ehrlich to commute the sentence to life without parole.

Henry Fawell, a spokesman for Ehrlich says late Monday the governor respects Keeler's beliefs and is committed to giving the case, what he describes as "a thorough and objective review."

Last week, the state's highest court rejected a request for a stay of execution for Baker. Public defender, Gary Christopher, said he is seeking a review by the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as a new hearing from a state appeals court.
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