Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Curious Case of Cory Maye

The blog world is aflame with the story of Cory Maye, a black man convicted of murder and sentenced to death for shooting a white police officer who broke into his home with a no-knock warrant. Crooked Timber has the details.

While the specifics of the case pose many problems -- a black man convicted by a predominantly white Mississippi jury for the death of a young, white cop who happens to be the son of the police chief just doesn't reek of fairness, especially when you consider that the search warrant was issued to nail Maye's neighbor, not Maye himself -- there is a larger question at play here: do no-knock warrants make any sense at all?

It seems to me that any armed person awakened in the middle of the night by an intruder would be tempted to shoot in self-defence. And, at least in America, being armed and shooting in self-defence are both considered perfectly reasonable. How, then, is a cop who enters a home without knocking supposed to protect himself? I suppose he could shout "Police!" but that eliminates the surprise element and, furthermore, opens the door to any smart burglar to use the same tactics to avoid getting shot. My conclusion: no-knock warrants should be outlawed.

1 Comments:

Blogger Truly Yours said...

\textit{\emph It seems to me that any armed person awakened in the middle of the night by an intruder would be tempted to shoot in self-defence}
Funny! I would presume your personal space will be well respected.But for an acute paranoid like me even scheduled warrants would not work. What if everything is fabricated. The whole crime episode, police follow up call, knock in search appointment, proof document,even this blog [1].

[1] : C'mon idiot(->TY) don't copy MATRIX.

12/15/2005 6:35 AM  

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