Creative Destruction

December 31, 2006

Cory Maye Motion for Retrial Denied

Filed under: Criminal Justice,Current Events — Robert @ 2:40 am

The motion of Cory Maye, the young Mississippi man facing life in prison for shooting a police officer raiding his home, for a new trial has been denied.

A retrial would have been the fairest outcome for Maye. The next logical step for Maye supporters is probably to petition the governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour, for executive clemency. I imagine that Radley Balko (see the link), who has been doing yeoman work on this case for at least a couple of years now, will have information on how and when that effort will take place.

Citizens have a right to defend themselves in their homes, and – speaking as easily the most law-and-order type around these parts – the cops had damn well better make sure that they identify themselves as cops before they go busting down doors in the middle of the night. It is tragic that a police officer lost his life in this raid, but the tragedy isn’t Maye’s fault and the blame lies squarely on the police who conducted the raid.


  1. I agree. The ruling is, simply, appalling. But not surprising. Although there are some flash-in-the-pan exceptions, in general the US judicial system is far too slanted in the prosecution’s favor.

    Comment by Ampersand — December 31, 2006 @ 5:29 am | Reply

  2. You really have to admit that, when a “no-knock” warrant is combined with something like the “Make My Day” craze spreading across the country, it could easily wind up with more dead cops. (Specifically, the Colorado Homeowners Protection Act, Colorado statute 18-1-704.5)

    Comment by Off Colfax — January 3, 2007 @ 7:26 am | Reply

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