Cory Maye Update
Posted by: Dale Franks
on Thursday, September 21, 2006
Radley Balko reports:
Cory Maye will not sleep on death row tonight. Nor, for that matter, any night for the foreseeable future.The Judge is also set to rule on several other defense motions at a later date. But for now, Mr. May is no longer on death row. That's progress.
At the conclusion of the hearing today, Judge Michael Eubanks ruled on two of the defense team's battery of arguments. Both rulings from the bench tonight dealt with Rhonda Cooper's competence. Judge Eubanks found that Ms. Cooper was competent for the trial, but incompetent for the sentencing.
I have my quarrels with that ruling, obviously. But in the short run, it means that Cory will at the very least get a new sentencing trial. And until and if that happens, he will no longer be on death row — and for the moment is no longer condemned to die.