Someone else deserves the attention Tookie is getting
13 December 2005 - Orange County Register
the recent turmoil over the execution of Tookie Williams, Iíd like
to bring another case to the attention of those who fought for clemency,
one where the defendant is much more deserving of the national attention
that found its way to Williams.
Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi a black man by the name of Cory
Maye sits on death row after being convicted of the murder of a
white cop who happened to be the son of the chief of police. Cory
Maye was living, with his 18-month-old daughter, in the back half
of a duplex, the front of which was occupied by a drug dealer. The
police executed a no-knock midnight raid on the dealer, during which
they also broke down the door to Mayeís residence. Confronted with
an unknown intruder in his home at night, he shot and killed the
cop who broke down his door before surrendering when he realized
it was the police.
Maye was not a suspect of any crime, not named on the search warrant,
had no criminal record, and had done nothing wrong. This didnít
stop a jury from convicting him of murder and recommending execution
in a sentencing session so short (less than a day) itís unprecedented.
for yourself: who deserves more attention and assistance, a four-time
convicted murderer who bragged about the killings but who now professes
to have straightened up his act, or a man with no criminal record
defending his daughterís life in his own home?