Quick Note on Cory Maye

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Next week I’m flying to New York on a quick trip to tape for an upcoming John Stossel show. The show will examine the many problems with the criminal justice system.

The producer I spoke with wanted to talk about the Cory Maye case, and he actually  wanted to fly Cory to New York to have him on the show. Cory’s pretty shy, but I initially thought I had talked him into it. A day later, Cory texted me to say that he couldn’t do it. The reason? He didn’t want to take time off from his job.

My first thought: Too bad. It would have been great to have him on the show. My second thought: In the grand scheme of things, the fact that he can’t come to New York because he’d rather not take time off from his job . . . is pretty goddamned awesome.

Anyway, over the last few months I’ve received email from some of you asking how he’s doing. I’d say he’s doing well. Part of the reason he doesn’t want to take time off right now: He has a baby girl on the way.

I don’t yet know when the show will air. But I’ll post it here when I find out.



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25 Responses to “Quick Note on Cory Maye”

  1. #1 |  tarran | 

    You know… you could tape the interview via skype in a coffee shop separately from the rest of the show at a time convenient to him.

    I’m sure a volunteer with a laptop/webcam could be found in his locale…

  2. #2 |  tarran | 

    BTW, Radley, I want to repeat what I said many moons ago when Maye had his death sentence overturned.

    You have made more of a difference in this one matter than most journalists do in a lifetime of bloviating.

    You, sir, are a prince among men.

  3. #3 |  Other Sean | 

    A job, a family, and an invitation to appear on Stossel. This guy’s doing better than me, and he was in prison only a year ago.

    Pretty goddamned awesome, indeed!

  4. #4 |  deadcenter | 

    Agree with Tarran, isn’t there a local TV affiliate that could tape the interview via satellite or skype or whatever so that he doesn’t have to take time off work and go through the TSA Grope-a-thon?

  5. #5 |  Sean L. | 

    Or maybe, you know, Fox could cough up a few bucks to compensate for any lost wages?

    Great to hear about all his successes, though!

  6. #6 |  Jack | 

    Glad to hear he’s doing so well!

    And I’m looking forward to your interview!

  7. #7 |  karl | 

    Is it “he’d rather not take time off from his job” or is it “he can’t afford to take off from his job” or might it even be “his boss won’t give him time off (to perform this public service)”?

    Just asking.

  8. #8 |  Nate | 

    Real American heroes
    Today we salute you Mr. Journalist who gets men off of death row for dubious charges railroaded by an out of control political system. Without your tireless efforts, men would still be on death row for dubious reasons. Thank you.

  9. #9 |  Nate | 

    But really, I’ve been following you on here and Reason since 2004 and watched the story unfold from the sideline. What you do is amazing and really does make a measurable difference in the world. Without you, this child on the way wouldn’t be on the way. keep sticking it to the man!

  10. #10 |  Hal 10000 | 

    Awesome news about Cory. It’s so wonderful to see his life coming back.

  11. #11 |  kant | 

    I have a feeling that the primary motivating factor is probably that he just doesn’t want to be on tv. After the hell he’s been through I can’t blame him for wanting to not be in the spotlight anymore.

    I say if he doesn’t want to do the interview, don’t push it. let him have his peace and quiet.

  12. #12 |  Radley Balko | 

    I have a feeling that the primary motivating factor is probably that he just doesn’t want to be on tv. After the hell he’s been through I can’t blame him for wanting to not be in the spotlight anymore.

    I think there’s a lot to this. He is very shy–and self-conscious about his shyness. He has always been reluctant to do TV interviews.

    Cory certainly has no problem with people (like me) using his story to illustrate the issues and problems associated with his case. But when it comes to him personally speaking out and advocating, I think he’d rather just get on with living his life.

    And I sure as hell can’t blame him for it.

  13. #13 |  marco73 | 

    A man gets his life back, thanks to a MAN!

  14. #14 |  marie | 

    The Cory Maye story is wonderful, heartwarming…and still frightening that it happened at all. I am looking forward to the Stossel piece.

  15. #15 |  KristenS | 

    This is great to hear, on all counts. Tell Cory there are still tons of people rooting for him to have a happy, long and FREE life!

  16. #16 |  AlgerHiss | 

    The city of Prentiss, Mississippi:


    Their Chamber of Commerce:


  17. #17 |  AlgerHiss | 

    Until Maye is able to fill out a Form 4473…


    …and it’s fully approved, justice has not been completed.

  18. #18 |  Gary McGath | 

    Good to hear life is going well for Cory Maye.

  19. #19 |  (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater | 

    Speaking of the TSA grope-a-thon… Eat extra yogurt this week Radley, and walk with swagger through the checkpoints.

  20. #20 |  Brian | 

    It’s pretty goddamned awesome that it’s now his choice to make. An unfathomable good was done to right an unspeakable wrong. Blows my mind when I try to think about it.

  21. #21 |  nickcharles | 

    My apologies if the question has been answered in a different thread, but has this guy been approached to have his story filmed? This seems like prime awards season fodder. (And if this were to happen, who plays Radley Balko?)

  22. #22 |  buzz | 

    I’ve never understood why this sort of thing doesn’t get attention from the Jackson’s and Sharpton’s of the world.

  23. #23 |  Other Sean | 


    It’s just because the Jacksons and the Sharptons are not anti-statist, they’re just spokesman for one small faction in a statist alliance. The other parties to that alliance are not so keen on some of the issues in this case…gun rights, privacy, castle doctrine, self-defense, etc.

    In fact, other than the single detail that Cory Maye was black, the case feels like something paleo-conservatives would care about – a southern black version of Randy Weaver, if you will.

    Now, if they cops were caught on tape shouted “Get down n_______!”, that would have been a different story, because then it would have tied directly and undeniably into a broader issue for the left.

  24. #24 |  MaryAnne | 

    This just seriously lightened my mood. You have so much to be proud of, Radley.

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