12/11/2005: The Ballad of Cory Maye
I'm not one for jumping on bandwagons, but Angelica at Battlepanda is has issued something of a challenge for bloggers to get the word out on the case of Cory Maye, sentenced to death in Prentiss, MS. A quick summary of the case, cribbed from my favorite libertarian blogger, Radley Balko, who broke the story and is doing an excellent job covering the case:
Cops mistakenly break down the door of a sleeping man, late at night, as part of drug raid. Turns out, the man wasn't named in the warrant, and wasn't a suspect. The man, frigthened for himself and his 18-month old daughter, fires at an intruder who jumps into his bedroom after the door's been kicked in. Turns out that the man, who is black, has killed the white son of the town's police chief. He's later convicted and sentenced to death by a white jury. The man has no criminal record, and police rather tellingly changed their story about drugs (rather, traces of drugs) in his possession at the time of the raid.
This one has elements of outrage no matter what your pet issue: racism in the criminal justice system, the right to defend your home, or (my pet issue) the sick escalation of state violence in the War on Some Drugs.
Brock on 12.11.05 @ 04:13 PM CST