Thursday, December 15, 2005
Since no one else is rising to the challenge, what with what seems like the entire blogosphere taking up his cause (here, here, here, here and here... in fact, a Google search shows total support for Maye), I hereby declare this site the
Our (actually, mine, at least until someone else joins in) position is pretty simple and straightforward:
The jury heard the evidence...
So why shouldn't we respect the verdict?
Maye was provided competent counsel. He was given an opportunity to present his case to the jury. Blacks (for those who don't know, Maye is black and the police officer he shot was white) were not excluded from the jury. There was no 'coerced confession, nor disputed eyewitness testimony, as Maye freely acknowledged that he was the shooter. The prosecutors did not charge him with other crimes in an attempt to improperly sway the jury. Maye is not retarded nor was he a minor at the time of the shooting. There have been no allegations that the judge improperly charged the jury. Nor was improper pressure brought upon the jury.
His 'defenders' have focused on a number of issues that I believe to be irrelevant to whether he did what the jury believes he did. It doesn't matter that the dead police officer was the son of the police chief, nor that he was on the raid despite his not being a member of the narcotics squad. It doesn't matter whether drugs were or were not found in Maye's apartment. And it doesn't matter - at least to me - whether the police had a warrant for Maye's apartment, for it is Maye's actions that are at issue here, not a mistake in paperwork the police may have made.
And, as far as it being a 'no-knock' raid (where the police just burst in, rather than knocking on the door and declaring themselves to the occupants), that is something the jury would have taken into account when deciding whether Maye's actions were appropriate... and obviously, judging from the verdict they rendered, they did not think his actions that night were appropriate.
So, until someone shows me that the jury/judge made a mistake, I'm going to support the verdict... as I think we all ought to do.
And now, some disclaimers. I have not read the trial transcript, so if some of my presumptions turn out not to be supported by the facts I will be more than happy to pull an Emily Litella. And if it were up to me, he wouldn't have been sentenced to death. And, while it certainly can be fun and an interesting challenge to take the other side of an argument, I'm not doing this solely for that reason.
Previous Maye posts: here and here
And it turns out there are some on the same side and I give Radley credit for linking to them (even if he did get my name wrong once)...