Cory Maye Update

Friday, July 15th, 2011

I spoke with one of Cory Maye’s attorneys this morning. He’s still being processed in Rankin County, Mississippi, and has not yet been released.

As I understand it, part of the problem is that the Mississippi Department of Corrections had no record of Maye’s incarceration from the night of the raid in late 2001 until his trial in early 2004. I’m not sure why that is, though I guess it might have something to do with the fact that on the night of the raid, Jefferson Davis County Sheriff Henry McCullum had Maye surreptitiously moved from his jail to the Forrest County jail for Maye’s safety.

Anyway, in order to give Maye credit for that time, they had to clear up the clerical error. Technically, Maye has only served 9 1/2 years of his 10-year sentence, though with time for good behavior, he should be well over his sentence. It apparently also took some time to calculate that good behavior credit, which obviously wasn’t a factor when Maye was sentenced to death, and then to life without parole.

Maye attorney Abe Pafford said this morning that this all now seems to be taken care of, and they’re just waiting on a release date. For reasons that also aren’t exactly clear, it could be another week or more before that happens.

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33 Responses to “Cory Maye Update”

  1. #1 |  pam | 

    Sheriffs in Mississippi do whatever the hell they want.

  2. #2 |  SJE | 

    So, the bureaucratic snafu’s are Corey’s fault? He has to stay in jail? Let him out, d-bags!

  3. #3 |  pam | 

    “For reasons that aren’t exactly clear, it could be another week or more before that happens”

    It’s Rankin County

  4. #4 |  BillC | 

    This should be considered criminal behavior. Bureaucratic paper shuffling should not be an acceptable excuse for denying a man his freedom.

  5. #5 |  Stephen | 

    If I was the judge that ordered his release, I would throw some sheriffs and wardens and other bureaucrats into the same place Cory is.

    Why couldn’t the judge have just said “you are free to go” and slam its done?

  6. #6 |  Bronwyn | 

    Flippin’ insane. I received a letter from Cory yesterday, and he’d expressed the thought that he’d be free by the time I read it. That’s exactly what I’d hoped was the case.

    Dammitall, just send the man home. And if they find out that he’s spent more than exactly 10 years in prison, will they pay him overtime?


    I want to send him a letter than he can open from his mamma’s couch, not a damned jail cot.

  7. #7 |  Difster | 

    They’re just stalling him out because they’re pissed that they have to let him go.

  8. #8 |  FridayNext | 

    Someone, somewhere is probably being paid per prisoner hour/day or somesuch and the bureaucracy has adapted over the years to drag its feet on every release to squeeze every last drop of blood from the system.

    Just guessing, though.

  9. #9 |  Aresen | 


  10. #10 |  Jerith | 

    #8 +1 Its no guess.

  11. #11 |  Cyto | 

    Alright, someone who’s sharper than me will have to explain the case of Raquel Nelson to me. She’s the mother of a 4 year old killed in a hit and run while she was crossing the street with her children at an intersection in the Atlanta area. The driver was impaired and appears to have been involved in two other hit and run accidents the same day. He plead out to leaving the scene of an accident and got a 6 month sentence.

    The mother (Nelson) has been convicted of homicide by vehicle in the second degree and faces 3 years in prison. She was walking in the crosswalk and got hit by a drunk driver who hit a couple of other people the same day, but she’s guilty of homicide by vehicle? She wasn’t driving a vehicle, she was walking … but she’s guilty of homicide by vehicle… and he’s just guilty of leaving the scene of an accident, even though he hit her and her kids, killing her son….

    Nope. Can’t wrap my head around that one.

  12. #12 |  Cyto | 

    Edit… there was no crosswalk. I meant to say she was crossing at the intersection.. I think the state’s point was that she should have been in the crosswalk.

    Anyway, Bing shows me that there’s no crosswalk for Austell Road in the area, so if she needed to cross that road, I guess she should have bought a car first.

  13. #13 |  yahtzee | 

    @ #11: The article that you yourself cited clearly states that the woman was NOT walking within the cross walk. I’m sorry, but personally, I wouldn’t be darting in and out of traffic, on foot, with my 4 year old child. Nelson should be charged with reckless endangerment and j-walking – not homicide. I agree that that is a bit extreme. As for the gentleman involved, he obviously has the luxury of having a good, albeit maniplulative, rodent lawyer.

  14. #14 |  yahtzee | 

    @ #11: I just saw your corrected post. (sorry!)

  15. #15 |  SJE | 

    yahtzee: Exactly WHERE is the woman supposed to cross? How about the responsibility of the driver? I see this as just an extension of all those prosecutions of parents who made a mistake and killed their kids.

  16. #16 |  Highway | 

    I can’t justify it, except that this is probably yet more of the “Someone died, and it has to be someone’s fault, and we need to punish that someone.”

    Likely the finding is something like “When crossing outside a crosswalk, you must yield right-of-way to a vehicle.” I know that I was taught that corners are the place to cross, but apparently the nanny-tendencies of roadway markings have taken it further to ‘pedestrians should only be in crosswalks’, which is ludicrous when you have a situation like that road, where there is no crosswalk between Roberta Drive and Cunningham Road, approximately 3/4 of a mile.

    This is really a case of a weasel lawyer getting his weasel client off.

  17. #17 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    Ah, America. (Srsly? We don’t have any form of jaywalking in the UK, and common law presumes in favour of the pedestrian by default…the only roads you *can’t* cross are motorways, that’s a serious offence)

  18. #18 |  Big Boy | 

    I went to law school in the South. “Southern Justice” is not except by happenstance. Both of these cases are examples of the commonplace course of injustice that fills courtrooms in the old Confederacy.

  19. #19 |  Juanita | 

    I dont understand why these people can do what the hell they want to do and get away with it! Who are making sure that the courts/jails are doing their jobs properly?! They need to just let my man out and they figure out what they need to figure out on their own time! This is ridiculous!!!

  20. #20 |  Acksiom | 

    It does give you more time to try to talk the HuffPo editors into putting a Cory Maye Job-Hunt post on the front page over there. Or maybe you could get the Reason folks to do it. Or better yet, both.

    I know you’ve done wonders for the guy already, but I don’t have a big bullhorn or contacts, and you do.

  21. #21 |  FridayNext | 

    I don’t have time to read up on the crosswalk story, but just some food for thought:

    In some jurisdictions there is such a thing as an implied crosswalk and it as legally binding as one that is marked. They have that in Baltimore and I forget the exact definition but it has to do with measuring plum lines between corners etc etc, but it basically means if someone is crossing at an intersection WITH THE LIGHTS, they are “in a crosswalk” whether it is marked or not.

    In my current town, Florida college town, the city cops are on a well publicized campaign to ticket cars not stopping for legally crossing pedestrians and they have been VERY clear in all PR spots that this includes intersections with no marked crosswalk.

    When I lived in small town in Northern New England the pedestrian was king. You were expected to stop even if someone crossed mid-intersection. This almost got me killed a number of times when I visited Boston or other towns where the drivers couldn’t have been bothered to give a damn and the cops cared even less.

    I have no clue what the laws are in Atlanta.

  22. #22 |  André | 

    I don’t know how bitter the sheriffs are that a black man killed a white cop and is now going to walk out, but I wouldn’t dare accuse them of dragging their feet. If he ends up getting shanked in prison under mysterious circumstances, it probably won’t be the first time that prison officials are cleared of all wrongdoing after an internal investigation into the death.

  23. #23 |  Andre | 



    *circles widdershins thrice, spits on the ground*

  24. #24 |  Aresen | 


    That comment @ 10:19 [currently awaiting moderation] was me. I typed Andre’s name in the name box by accident.

  25. #25 |  BoscoH | 

    Passive aggressive inbreds. All he can do is just grin and bear it. These people suck.

  26. #26 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    I think it’s likelier to be a manifestation of the proverbial bureaucrats’ desire to remain fireproof at all times. They may catch criticism for delaying the release of a prisoner while they dot their i’s and cross their t’s, but if they let somebody out without making sure all the forms are followed, and that ex-prisoner hurts somebody, then they have to expect that heads will roll.

    Doesn’t make it any better, though.

  27. #27 |  b | 

    they have no record of his incarceration from 2001 to 2004? just where the fuck do they think he was, monte carlo?

    i asked about processing on the last cory maye thread; his attorney replied that they were just getting the records to determine his good time credit.

    another week or more? sounds like they’re waiting to set up a shank deal. 50-50 he gets out of there alive.

  28. #28 |  Sandhillpam | 

    When I was a guest of the state in Florida in the 90’s ALL inmates, including lifers where issued a monthly gain time statement! The only difference was that the statements issued to lifers did not list a “tentative release date”.

  29. #29 |  Mario | 

    If you or I have some obligation to the government, we can’t delay it because of our own “administrative glitches” and not suffer some kind of consequence, can we?

    It’s good to be the government!

  30. #30 |  Highway | 

    FridayNext, the road that was linked to where this presumably happened has approximately .7 miles between intersections with crosswalks, but has T-intersections on both sides in between, with crosswalks across the side streets, but none across the main arterial. The arterial has medians, with breaks and left turn lanes at these roadways, and sidewalks on both sides.

    The thing is really the ruling of Vehicular Homicide (2nd degree) against the mother of the child. As I said, it’s yet another situation where it’s not enough to grieve for child killed in a tragic accident. There has to be ‘justice’, which is more like ‘vengeance’ for the dead. The prosecutors have to ‘win’. It’s just vile. They’re not ‘teaching people a lesson’, they’re not ‘preventing this in the future’. They’re just maliciously ruining lives further. And the public goes along with it (see current Casey Anthony crap).

  31. #31 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    Depends, Mario. Keeping prisoners in too long has an automatic compensation-per-day payout in the UK. It’s about 90% of the “miscellaneous” payments to prisoners.

    Given the amount of flack which the prison service get for the amount paid out, it’s working-as-intended (a good deal of pressure to release people on time, and hence not to have to pay those fees). And indeed, it has got considerably better over the last five years.

  32. #32 |  André | 

    I had never heard the term “widdershins” before. Thank you for teaching me something new.

  33. #33 |  JS | 

    So according to the law he is now free to go. Only they won’t let him out. This backs up my theory that we don’t live under rule of law anymore but we are a police state.