Battlepanda: Outrage!


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Sunday, December 11, 2005


The Cory Maye case is just about the ugliest nexus of race, civil rights violations, southern juries and our criminal justice system that I can think of.
Let's summarize: 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.
Cory Maye is now on death row in Mississippi.

When the Instapundit and I both agree that something is wack. You can be sure that it is indeed very, very wack.

UPDATE: As both Glenn Reynolds and Mark Kleiman pointed out, this is such an unambiguous outrage that both the left and the right side of the blogisphere should stand united and work to make this man's story known. On second thought, to the heck with working together. Let's make this a competition. I am going to keep track of right and left wing blogs mentioning the Cory Maye to see which side is doing a better job. Mainly, I'll be using Technorati, but please send me links if you see that I've missed anyone.

Oh, and blue team, we're really behind right now. So get on it.

MORE UPDAT-EY UPDATE: I thought libertarians would be OK with being split between Red and Blue. But it turned out they really, really didn't like it. There will now be a libertarian team, named simply "the libertarian team" since they're not really associated with a color as far as I know.

List done! Phew!

UPDATE 1/5/2006: Lawrence and Laura at What Is Liberalism is doing some stellar work spreading the word...if you go to their site, you will find a button like the below that you can stick onto your sidebar and remind people that Cory Maye is still on Death Row. Clicking on the button will take people to the "" website, where they can learn more about the case. Let's keep things going, folks.

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