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Cory Maye is not Forgotten
Posted by: Dale Franks on Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The blogosphere often picks up an issue of the week, runs with it, then drops it like a hot potato. But there are certain issues that shouldn't be forgotten, and that people need to keep being reminded of. One of these issues is the death sentence for Cory Maye, a man who was woken up oin the middle of the night by police serving a no-knock warrant on his neighbor, a drug dealer. Mr. Maye, unfortunately for one of the police officers, was an armed, law-abiding citizen who, when woken up in the middle of the night by screaming men invading his home without warning, had a handgun readily available and opened fire on the intruders.

Let's not forget Mr. Maye. Radley Balko has fresh updates on the Maye Case. You should read them.

It's no secret that I spent a decade as a military policeman, and then an additional couple of years in civilian law enforcement and high-risk security. One of the things I carried away from that experience is that an armed citizenry serves two important purposes: a) it is one of the best crime-prevention policies, since criminals who have reason to fear being shot by law-abiding citizens tend to be more circumspect, and b) it serves as a salutary incentive to prevent the police from getting overly arrogant. Both of those things are results that are greatly to be desired.

So, let's not forget Mr. Maye.
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Balko has really been doing the lord’s work here. Huge props to him for everything he’s put into it. This is "citizen journalism" at its finest.
Written By: Matt McIntosh
Not knowing the specifics of the case, I find it disturbing that an armed citizen is to be put to death for shooting intruders in his own home (assuming they had not identified themselves to him as police). The only reasonable explanation is that the court found that he had deliberately and knowingly killed an officer, and tried to pass it off as unknowing self-defence.
Written By: Blewyn
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Yes, let’s keep the momentum going. I expect any day now to see Harry Belafonte, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, et al, picketing to obtain Ms. Maye’s release.
Written By: Bilwick
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Not knowing the specifics of the case
Check out the link.
Written By: JWG
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I meant "Mr." Maye.
Written By: Bilwick
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Thank you for keeping this on the radar screen. This is such an important case, and the longer it stays front and center in the blogosphere, the more likely it is that the main stream media will pick up the story!
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