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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Cory Maye: Looking Before You Leap

Sitting on death row in Mississippi is Cory Maye. With the recent execution of Tookie Williams his case is now leaping in the forefront of what could be a death row case gone bad.

This case jumps out of the hidey hole of a website called The Agitator. As things go, in the what goes around of the blogosphere his case is reaching epic proportions in a meme without restraint. All of the major blogs are focused and taking aim on the plight of Cory Maye, a death row inmate, who only previously had just a wisp of interest.

Now, wait a moment and smell the coffee. The Agitator is only presenting one side of the issue. And on the face, if you use the article as your sole information a great injustice has been done. Hand the jailer the keys and let Corey Maye out.

This story however lives in a vacuum of unknown facts. Searches for information on Cory Maye always brings you back like a boom a rang right back to The Agitator.

On The Agitator the most remarkable thing you find is a lack of links to his sources. In an independent search I found a much similar article written in 2002. But that source stands out very singularly, and also without supporting documentation.

What is further amazing, is the lack of information on Corey Maye. If his case was such an injustice as proposed by The Agitator. It would have been leaped upon like rice on white. The problem is no one has hardly given the case a second glance. Not the major media, not the local media, not the advocating websites on the death row issues. Nobody.

There is a site that you can see were Ron Jones the police officer killed is held in esteem and respect. And even the Mississippi legislature put it in their record their morn for his loss.

But no where will you find anyone paying attention to any injustice done to Corey Maye. There is another side to this story that has not and is not being told.
Our Most recent post on Corey Maye


At 10:45 PM, Blogger Chalicechick said...

That logic is so freakishly circular, I don't even know where to begin.

So let me get this striaght, people shouldn't worry about it, because it can't be injustice, since if it were injustice, people would be worried about it?


At 10:58 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Thank you for your comment. What I am saying is that we have heard only one side of the story. The trial, and why 12 people convicted Cory is not being told. If you look for that side of the story it is not out there to be seen.

There could be problems with the original story in The Agitator. One error already being suggested is that Cory Maye was indeed on the warrant. Could there be other problems? It could very well be possible.

Yes, I do think that you should be concerned if an injustice was done. On the other hand I would hope that you would make your judgement by seeing all the facts of the case.

At 2:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That there is any doubt at all in the case as to whether Corey Maye should be guilty of knowingly and premeditatively killing a police officer (if he didn't know it was a police officer, it would have been justifiable self-defense...) should make one automatically hesitant to sentance the man to death!

Admittedly, not all the facts are known, but certainly the doubts are strong enough to suggest death is unwarranted without further review!

Its sadly fitting that this blog hails from "Lynch" burg given the nonchalance with which you consider the matter of sentencing a black man to death...


At 6:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for some commonsense! We are without the facts required to make any sort of informed judgement. All we have is a bandwagon that everyone wants to jump on. Keep up the good work.

At 8:49 AM, Blogger Simon said...

What does "rice on white" mean? I've never heard it before (I'm a Brit). I couldn't find another reference to it on Google.

At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that should be white on rice. It is a saying I have heard used in the following way...that person stuck to me like white on rice... Hope that helps.

At 4:14 PM, Blogger theBhc said...

While I will agree that there needs to be more of the story from the police side of the incident, your citing a lack of media coverge as evidence that there was no wrongdoing on their is utterly specious. A lack of media doesn't indicate anything other than ... a lack of media coverage. Considering how the media generally performs, such an argument is risible.

Secondly, there may in fact be a very good reason why the cops' story has not been told. I don't know what that would be, but the article you point to contains a really, I mean really strange passage:

After being shot, Jones staggered through the house to the front of the duplex, where he met other officers

One would draq from this that Jones had entered the house alone; "he staggered to the front of the duplex, where he met other officers. Where is the backup? Drug Raid task force officers simply do not enter alone and they certainly wouldn't be staggering to front of the house unassisted. This brings up the further question: why is Jones the one entering the house, alone, when the Drug Raid Task Force is there and Jones was only asked to "come along." Why is Jones the one breaking down the door? Task Forces agents should have the ones doing this -- its what their trained for -- not Jones.

Frankly, this aspect of the story I find completely confusing. I would very much like to see an explanation from the police about this but it also appears that no one has even thought to aske the question.

At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have started a web page,, and intend to post all publicly available original-source materials therein. I have my own opinions about this matter, but am willing and able to post materials on any side, as long as they are original, verifiable source documents.

At 1:58 PM, Anonymous joe in KC said...

Well...if there is another side...what is it?

At 4:01 PM, Blogger Chalicechick said...

You can read the other side on The Agitator.

The guy who writes The Agitator interviewed the prosecutor and asked him some questions.

The Agitator has the answers the prosecutor sent. The proscuter explains that the person who tipped off the cops that Maye had drugs (drugs that they didn't find when they looked) only gave his name to the cop who died.

Indeed, pretty much all of the evidence that the cops had probable cause died with that cop.

I've heard the other side. It's not good enough for me.


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At 9:33 PM, Blogger Anton said...

I'll try not to hold Jones's willing participation in the drug war against him; maybe he was indeed a swell guy and his death a sad loss to the world -- but that doesn't make Maye a murderer. Jones knowingly put himself in a position where he could easily be mistaken for a common robber; he intentionally did so at a time when Maye could not be expected to have all his wits about him.


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