Category: Cory Maye

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.



Morning Links

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Morning Links

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Cory Maye’s Homecoming

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

My last piece on Cory Maye’s release just went live at Huffington Post.

It’s a report from last week’s homecoming party.

UPDATE: Link fixed. Sorry about that.

RTV on Cory Maye

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Really nice report by Kaelyn Forde.


Also, here’s an interview with Ben Vernia, one of Cory’s attorneys:

Interview With Cory Maye

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Here’s Cory Maye talking with RTV at Saturday’s homecoming party.

Morning Links

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Freedom and Facebook

Monday, July 25th, 2011

For some reason, this really drove it home for me.

There’s something poignant, modern, and beautiful about completing the journey from subject of an activist Facebook page calling for your release, to out of prison, free, and . . . starting your own Facebook page.

More Photos From Cory Maye’s Homecoming

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Yes, I tried the raccoon. It was good. Stringy, greasy, and rich. Tasted a bit like pot roast.

Photos of the Day

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011


Cory Maye Is Free

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Just heard that Cory Maye was finally released yesterday from the processing facility in Rankin County.

Oddly, no one bothered to notify his attorneys before releasing him. But he’s now home with his family.

More to come.

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.

How Cory Maye Was Freed

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

I have a long article up at Huffington Post telling the story behind last week’s plea bargain in the Cory Maye case.

Saturday Links

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

The Cory Maye Justice Fund

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Many of you asked if you could donate to help Cory Maye get back on his feet. The Cory Maye Justice Fund, set up several years ago by Bob Evans, is still active. Huffington Post Impact has more details.

Please note that this is not a non-profit. Your donation will go directly to Maye, through Evans. But it is not tax-deductible. And because Cory’s lawyers all worked the case pro-bono, your donation will not be going to pay his legal bills. Instead, you’ll be helping the guy get his life together once he gets out. I know he’s strongly considering moving out of Southern Mississippi. That’s probably smart. And I’d imagine your donation could help with that. If you’re interested in helping in a non-monetary way, you can write Evans at the snail mail address at the link, or email him here.

I will personally vouch for the fund’s legitimacy, and that 100 percent of the money will get to Maye. (Unless you use PayPal, in which case they’ll take a cut.) Evans will also send you a receipt if you request one.