... since we have little doubt that defendants of color get the shaft regularly in pretty much any US state you can name. But the case of Corey Maye currently on Mississippi's death row for killing a police officer really seems to take the cake.
As we understand them, here are the essentials: In December, 2001, a drug raid was conducted in Prentiss, Mississippi. At about 11:30 pm, police raided both units of a duplex, one of which was the home of Corey Maye and his 18-month-old daughter. As they broke into Maye's apartment, one of the officers Ron Jones was shot and killed by Maye, who had just awakened. It's important to note that Maye is black and Jones was white. And that Jones' father is the police chief of Prentiss, Mississippi.
And there's more:
Rodney Balko at The Agitator has been all over Maye's case since last week. You can read his initial post here, and important subsequent posts here, here, here, and here. [You might just want to read almost everything he's posted since Thursday the 8th if you want to really come up to speed.]
It's not hard to construct a scenario in which Maye is an innocent man, who was the victim of a legal railroading. At the least, his case deserves a re-hearing before he's executed. Especially interesting is the fact it isn't just the lefty blogosphere that finds this case troubling even right-wing blogs such as Instapundit are pissed. [Battle Panda is keeping track of blog coverage of Maye's case. Her list is here.]
If the way Maye's case has been handled by Mississippi authorities disturbs you, you might want to write Governor Haley Barbour and suggest [politely] that his office intervene in the matter. Here are his various addresses:
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
We haven't been able to find an email address.
More: Here's the email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPosted by Magpie at December 13, 2005 03:47 AM | Law/Justice | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |