Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The Clueless Left

Currently there is a man on death row. Many argue he is a victim of a horrific abuse of police power. Many argue he is yet more collateral damage in the largely ineffective War on Drugs. Many argue still that he is about to be put to death largely because of racism. Those many are conservative bloggers (surprising to some, but not to me) and the man is Corey Maye. No one knew who he was until Radley Balko, author of the right-wing blog the Agitator and Fox News contributor, started making a stink. Now everyone is getting in on the act. I've blogged about this before, but I feel the need to do so again, especially now that the above-linked wikipedia entry exists.

Maye awoke in the middle of the night to hear someone breaking into his back door. He grabbed a gun he owned legally and fired in that general direction three times. He heard "Police! Police" afterward and put his gun now. Now Maye is on death row for murdering a cop. If you have a puzzled look on your face, that's the right reaction. Other interesting facts are that Maye was not named on any warrant, Maye was not suspected of any criminal activity at the time, and the warrant itself was for his neighbor in the Duplex in which he lived. A man the police had ALREADY ARRESTED when they felt compelled to go for two and knock down Maye's door just in case. Some other interesting facts are that the Prentiss Public Defender was actually fired from his job after repeated threats from the Mayor for defending Maye. The Mayor has actually copped to this. In spite of all this, a probably-racist jury convicted Maye and sent him to death, in what was a clear case of self-defense.

So why aren't liberals celebrating this perfect example of why the death penalty is unjust, and a clear-cut example of how it's completely racially biased? I'm asking the question, because I want someone to answer it for me. It's all there. This all happened, in case you needed more information, because the police wanted to arrest Maye's neighbor, who was dealing Marijuana. Not crack. Not heroine. Not meth. Marijuana. If there is a bet example of War on Drugs-related stupidity, I'd like to hear it. Maye is a poster boy for everything liberals argue. The continued existence of racism in America. Racial bias in the legal system. The horrific abuse of power that the police have engaged in as part of the War on Drugs. So why is it conservatives who are championing the cause of Maye? Oh, that's right. He owned a gun.