Photos of the Day

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

 

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53 Responses to “Photos of the Day”

  1. #1 |  Andrew S. | 

    Greatest photos you’ve ever posted, Radley.

  2. #2 |  Hal_10000 | 

    Pics like this bring me such optimism: change and triumph are possible.

  3. #3 |  Dan S. | 

    Seconded. These made my day.

  4. #4 |  freedomfan | 

    Very good to see the him able to enjoy his kids as a free man. It’s an outrage that it took so long to get this far.

    BTW, what happened to your earlier posts today / last night, Radley? I know there was at least one link to an interview with Cory Maye, but I don’t see it now.

  5. #5 |  Radley Balko | 

    Had some technical problems. Interview didn’t happen, so I took the post down.

  6. #6 |  John Jenkins | 

    The interview was postponed due to technical difficulties.

  7. #7 |  Mister DNA | 

    If two photos encapsulate why I read The Agitator, these are it.

    Screw the nut punches; this is what Radley Balko is all about.

  8. #8 |  Bill Starr | 

    Not up to speed here. Who is this man?

  9. #9 |  Andrew S. | 

    @Bill Starr: It’s Cory Maye

  10. #10 |  Julian | 

    Thanks for posting Radley. It was nice to see Cory a free man with a smile on his face.

  11. #11 |  Dedicated_Dad | 

    Mr. Maye – if you read this – may God protect you and yours, and bring you peace such that all this horror will be permanently removed from your mind.

    I must also tell you that your concern for Jones only demonstrates the purity and kindness of your heart.

    For myself – though I feel for his family – I don’t believe you owe him or them a second thought. He put HIMSELF in that situation – and you only did what any decent man would do when he thought his family was in danger!

    Personally, I believe that if the first one through the door got shot every time, we’d all be better off, as it wouldn’t take long for it to become impossible to get anyone to be first — and with no first there can be no second, third or 12th.

    This sickness MUST stop – and with G*d’s grace maybe your situation will help stop it!

    God bless you Corey Maye!!

  12. #12 |  von | 

    What wonderful photographs. I pride myself on cynicism, but I’m on the verge of tears. So much time wasted.

    Welcome home, Mr. Maye. I am so sorry to say it, but I fear that this is only the beginning for you. May it all turn out right.

  13. #13 |  Kristen | 

    Those are some beautiful kids Mr. Maye has…I’m so happy he gets to be with them now and enjoy their smiles

  14. #14 |  Howlin' Hobbit | 

    yeah! after the perfectly puke week I’ve had, it was wonderful to see some joy.

  15. #15 |  overgoverned | 

    Congratulations to Cory Maye, and thanks to Radley Balko for his smart and stubborn efforts.

  16. #16 |  Nipplemancer | 

    This is why you deserve a Pulitzer Radley. Seriously.

  17. #17 |  c andrew | 

    Radley,

    These pictures are the essence of what the Agitator and its proprietor stand for. Thank you.

  18. #18 |  TC | 

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

    Radley, take another bow.

    Cory, congrats to ya!

  19. #19 |  BamBam | 

    I second @16 and @17. Radley, you are what a journalist should be: exposing ugly truths AND fighting to make change AND focusing on a few individuals that you believe you can help with your traits and talents. These are traits I think everyone should look for in a role model. A rare few deserve the title of hero, but please work towards that title.

  20. #20 |  Chris in AL | 

    Radley, for the rest of your life you will have the pride of knowing you were involved in this.

    Cory, I don’t know if I would have the strength to go forward after this without bitterness and rage consuming me. You have my respect and best wishes friend.

    Cheers,

    Chris

  21. #21 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    Congratulations, Cory. Great job keeping the spotlight on this Radley –– you rock.

  22. #22 |  Gordon | 

    Ahem…there’s a bit of dust in the air here…

    Very nicely done Radley.

    This, ladies and gentlemen, is what journalism is supposed to be.

    I, too, hope Cory has the strength and resilience to put his life back together again; these photos are a hopeful sign.

  23. #23 |  long-time reader | 

    Radley, do you have a picture of yourself shaking hands with him free? I can understand if you don’t or would think the focus should be on Cory Maye, but I don’t think it takes anything away from the awesomeness here, as a reader and partisan of Maye’s liberty. It would be sweet to point to it as a summation of five years’ hard work, and something to show the grandkids as a reward for fighting the good fight.

    And if Cory reads this, I want to echo the congrats and send my wishes that the rest of his life is filled with the joy he so deserves that we saw above.

  24. #24 |  Mike | 

    Radley, please change the post title. Those are not pictures of the day. They are pictures of the year.

    Best wishes to you Mr. Maye.

  25. #25 |  rox_publius | 

    just wow

  26. #26 |  Christ on a Cracker | 

    Thank you, Radley. What a awesome way to start a day. Congratulations, Cory.

  27. #27 |  Leah | 

    *sob*

  28. #28 |  perlhaqr | 

    Yay!

  29. #29 |  Fritz | 

    Seeing these photos is exactly what I needed today. It makes me feel so good to know that Mr. Maye is with his family again. Great job, Radley.

  30. #30 |  Ashlyn | 

    Smiling through tears is my favorite emotion. Thanks, Radley. And Mr. Maye, if you read this, you have my utmost respect and my best wishes for many happy years with your family.

  31. #31 |  B | 

    Hmm…there seems to be something caught in my eye. Both of them, actually …

  32. #32 |  Sean L. | 

    #11 Dedicated Dad:

    “…He put HIMSELF in that situation…”

    While it is true, that officer could have chosen another line of work, I consider him and his family victims of the War On Drugs as anyone else.

    His line of work didn’t put him first in line that day — the Drug War Machine did.

  33. #33 |  Troy | 

    There is this cool Roger Waters song, “Each Small Candle.” Radley, you’re a fucking lighthouse…..

  34. #34 |  pierre | 

    If I were Mr. Maye right now I would be figuring out how to get himself and family the hell out of Mississippi.

    I wish him and his family the best – but I would not be trusting the local cops to feel the same.

  35. #35 |  overgoverned | 

    Wait, I forgot to say, “HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT THE KOCH BROTHERS, OMFG IT’S RIGHT WING SOMEHOW!!!!”

    I always enjoy doing that.

  36. #36 |  benpal | 

    Photos of a life! I wish Cory Maye all the best for the future. Well deserved after all those hours, days, and months living in pain and anxiety.

    How sad that a system of legal institutions devised and managed by human beings can so easily slip into a life destroying operation.

  37. #37 |  Something to Smile About — The League of Ordinary Gentlemen | 

    [...] Maye, finally released from prison, enjoying his kids. Mark is the Managing Editor of The League of Ordinary Gentlemen. Cancel [...]

  38. #38 |  Chris Berez | 

    That definitely made me tear up. Very beautiful.

  39. #39 |  BSK | 

    “If two photos encapsulate why I read The Agitator, these are it.

    Screw the nut punches; this is what Radley Balko is all about.”

    Perfectly said, sir.

  40. #40 |  Balloon Maker | 

    Perhaps he’s had enough time to work through it, but the fact that Maye hasn’t displayed the slightest hint of anger over this whole ordeal makes him a better man than I.

  41. #41 |  Aresen | 

    Live free, Cory.

    -

    Thank you, Radley.

  42. #42 |  John C. Randolph | 

    I’m torn between happiness for Mr. Maye’s release, and anger at the douchebag prosecutors who wouldn’t let an innocent man go without demanding that he confess to a crime.

    Cory, I wish you all the best, and I hope that the people who screwed you over live long, miserable lives.

    -jcr

  43. #43 |  Bill Poser | 

    It’s really heartwarming to see this. Thanks.

  44. #44 |  Reason Morning Links: Sex, Terror, and Frozen Bodies - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine | 

    [...] Welcome home, Cory Maye. [...]

  45. #45 |  cory maye | 

    I would like to thank all of you for your love and support its definitely felt. god is very powerful and with faith and prayer he,ll see us through any storm.he sent u guys to help ease my pain thanks for being there and may he bless all of u .thanks radely u are the best from cory and family

  46. #46 |  Jonathan Goff | 

    Thanks Radley! Those pictures are a great way to start off a busy week.

  47. #47 |  Snowbee | 

    Welcome home, Cory! I wish the absolute best, and hope that your new chance at life is full of opportunity and success.

  48. #48 |  Bronwyn | 

    So beautiful!

  49. #49 |  Sallie | 

    So many commenters (e.g., #s 1, 2, 7, 16, 17, 19, 20, 33) have said it better than I could ever do. I am in awe of you, Radley, and I know this is just the beginning for you.

    And, Mr Maye, welcome home! I wish you and your family all the very best for the future.

    When does the film version of this story come out? The public need to know about this.

  50. #50 |  Mary Lou | 

    How truly beautiful … Radley, you should be very very proud … and Cory, may the rest of your life be as beautiful and filled with love as these pictures … God bless you both

  51. #51 |  timb | 

    “#35 | overgoverned | July 24th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Wait, I forgot to say, “HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT THE KOCH BROTHERS, OMFG IT’S RIGHT WING SOMEHOW!!!!”

    I always enjoy doing that.”

    well, if a story advanced by libertarians and left wingers (Mr. Blako’s interviews, according to Mr. maye’s Wiki page, are with lefties, not righties) helps make Reason seem like a neutral arbiter of evetns (instead of a Republican functionary organization), then more people might listen to them and the Koch brothers financing of Cato, AEI, and Reason will help them have more influence and this more wealth.

    Still, you find out from Chuck and Dave what they think of this and let us know. You might be able to catch them dumping chemicals down by the local creek since freedom means doing whatever make you the most money, baby!

  52. #52 |  timb | 

    With that taken care, nice work, Radley and congratulations to Mr. Maye. Live a long and happy life, You deserve it

  53. #53 |  Comment of the Day | The Agitator | 

    [...] A commenter who seems to come over here from Balloon Juice (at least according to previous comments left under his IP address) posits the real reason I took an interest in Cory Maye: well, if a story advanced by libertarians and left wingers (Mr. Blako’s interviews, according to Mr. maye’s Wiki page, are with lefties, not righties) helps make Reason seem like a neutral arbiter of evetns (instead of a Republican functionary organization), then more people might listen to them and the Koch brothers financing of Cato, AEI, and Reason will help them have more influence and this more wealth. [...]

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