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Right now, in Mississippi, there's a black man on death row. I know that's a big surprise. He shot and killed a police officer. For some, that's no big surprise either. This is a travesty but not because of the bleeding heart liberal mentality on this.
A hat tip to MajikThise for the story. She got it from Battle Panda who got the story from The Agitator.
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.
Maye's attorney tells me that after the trial, she spoke with two jurors by phone. She learned from them that the consensus among jurors was that Maye was convicted for two reasons. The first is that though they initially liked her, Maye's lawyer, the jury soured on her when, in her closing arguments, she intimated that if the jury showed no mercy for Maye, God might neglect to bestow mercy on them when they meet him in heaven. They said the second reason May was convicted was that the jury felt he'd been spoiled by his mother and grandmother, and wasn't very respectful of elders and authority figures. The facts of the case barely entered the picture. Gotta' love the South.
This is obviously a travesty and the poor bastard will probably die because people down in Mississippi still cannot get past racial issues. They burst into the home of the wrong man, who was there with his 18-month-old baby. What in the name of God would they've done? I keep thinking unbelievable but it's obviously not. If the folks in Mississippi let this case go through, then they've not progressed any further than Edgar Killen and all the other crimes that've happened there over the decades.
posted by Stithmeister @ 8:24 AM
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There is now a petition up for people express their dismay at Maye's sentencing, and their insistence on his unconditional pardon by the governor of Mississippi. Stithmeister, would you be willing to promote a link to the top of your blog or sidebar? Thanks to any and all for signing.
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