Cory Maye’s Appeal

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

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.

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9 Responses to “Cory Maye’s Appeal”

  1. #1 |  Tokin42 | 

    Thanks for the update. Here’s to a quick and good decision.

    not to be greedy but will there be a more thorough review coming?

  2. #2 |  claude | 

    “with one of the judges even jumping in at one point to mention case law favorable to her argument.”

    Thats never good. Are they sposed to do that?

  3. #3 |  Bronwyn | 

    I’m going to flip my lid if I can’t get the archived video to work. That was really upsetting today.

  4. #4 |  Bill | 

    I started reading through his brief. It looked good. Clearly his lawyers have put a lot of good work into this case.

  5. #5 |  Matt I. | 

    “One judge…seemed particularly hostile”

    Probably cut from the same cloth as those juries that routinely acquit cops of beatings, assault, shootings…

    In their mind, anything cops do is justifiable, and a ‘perp’ deserves whatever happens to them. In fact, I have NO doubt that a significant portion of these people would have no problem acquitting a cop who walks up to a random black guy and shoots him in the head.

  6. #6 |  ktc2 | 

    It took six months for this pig to be charged with murder when they had it on video. Don’t give me that “he was reaching for his TASER and “accidentally” fired his gun” bullshit, anybody who has held both knows better.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/06/04/bart.transit.officer.murder.charge/index.html

  7. #7 |  ktc2 | 

    Not to worry though cop fellators you can safely bet the prosecution will throw the case one way or another.

  8. #8 |  Mark Robbins | 

    Really weak arguments from the prosecutor. Strangely the malfeasance of hanyne never came up as an argument though when its evidence in the record that’s been contradicted.

    Such a strange system.

  9. #9 |  Mark Robbins | 

    oh wait its at the end but the defense didnt raise it in oral arguments. shes breaking out her weakest arguments for defending hayne.

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