On March 27, his attorney Lenny Platterborze entered a written plea of not guilty for him. On March 31, the State Attorney's Office officially notified the court they intended to seek the death penalty. Baker is being held with no bond and is set to appear in court this Thursday, June 25 at 8:30 a.m. for a pretrial hearing.
I have contacted the local newspapers, the Northwest Florida Daily News and the Panhandle Parade and asked if they will be in court and reporting on this story. I have not heard back from them but will be calling them today.
The Hate Crimes against Latinos inspired by the Hate Talk from the extreme right, including Beck, Dobbs and Limbaugh, must be stopped. We have seen far too many of them this past year. We have seen corruption, a biased jury and a very light sentence in the Luis Ramirez case. The next case before the court is the Dannie Baker case. Next the murderers of Marcelo Lucero, the Caucasian Crew of Patchogue, NY. Soon we will see the minutemen murderers Shawna Forde/Gunny Bush tried for the murder of 9 year old Brisenia Flores and her father.
We need to keep all of these cases on the front burner. We need to follow them so that the perpetrators of these crimes will be punished to the fullest extent of the law! Each day they spend incarcerated will seem like 100 days! That way, anyone even considering a similar Hate Crime will take pause. They will know that if they commit such a crime, all of us who value Justice, Humanity and non-violence will continue to report and follow their cases until they are punished to the fullest extent of the law! If even ONE murder is stopped due to our diligence, then it will be worth all of our efforts!
God Bless America!
May there be Freedom, Justice, Peace and Equality for ALL!!