Cory Maye Comes Home

Jul 26 2011 @ 2:24pm

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A reader summarizes the good news:

This is a story I've been following for a couple years that is finally coming to a close. Cory Maye was a black guy living in Mississippi. Police raided his house on an drug tip. They came into his home in the middle of the night. Maye thought people were breaking in because the police apparently didn't announce they were coming in. He wanted to protect his daughter, so he shot and killed one of the intruders, who turned out to be a cop. At his trial he was convicted and put on death row.

Ten years later, after an astounding amount of help from Radley Balko and lawyers working pro bono, Maye returned home to his family from prison.

Balko has a bunch of photos from the reunion, including the one above (the girl on the left, Ta'corianna, is the daughter Cory defended that fateful night). Matt Welch recently gave Balko props:

This is a great day for individual justice, and for the notion that you don't need a newsroom of 500 people to make a difference in this messed-up world.