As I noted earlier, Cory Maye’s hearing before the Mississippi Court of Appeals took place earlier this afternoon.
I’m obviously biased, but I thought Maye attorneys Abe Pafford and Ben Vernia were outstanding. I don’t have a transcript in front of me, and the video isn’t archived yet, so I’m not going to do a point-by-point rundown, though you can get a pretty good idea of what transpired by reading the briefs.
The state’s attorney looked harried and unprepared, with one of the judges even jumping in at one point to mention case law favorable to her argument. The judges seemed particularly skeptical of the state’s response to Maye’s argument that he should have been permitted to move the trial back to Jefferson Davis County, where the raid took place, instead of in Lamar County, where the trial was eventually held.
Best I could tell, one judge seemed particularly favorable to Maye’s case, and one seemed particularly hostile. The third judge was harder to read. I couldn’t really see his body language through the web stream.
I guess we’ll find out in the next few months.