Several people in my offline life have said something to the effect of "I don't believe in the death penalty, but Saddam Hussein is REALLY evil, so maybe that's different."
Well, Saddam Hussein died last night.
And tonight I'm reading that Cory Maye, the death-row inmate whom I've been talking about for the past year, has been denied his new trial.
Yes, his death sentence had been overturned by the same judge earlier in the year, but damn it, he's going to spend the rest of his life in prison for shooting at some guys who broke into his house in the middle of the night, guys who wore all black except for an arm insignia. Maye's baby daughter was on the bed in front of him.
I realize that the "Slippery slope" argument is an inherently weak and stupid one, but it is just obvious to me that one minute we are justifying killing the worst criminals, the next minute a black man goes on death row in Mississippi for
something like this.
Anyway, you can read the ruling, where Eubanks explains how when these guys busted into Maye's house in the middle of the night, he HAD to have known they were cops in uniform because of, well, the arm insignia. Oh yeah, and the police claim they shouted "police," when they broke down the door, it's just by accident that nobody in the neighborhood heard them.
Meanwhile, actual criminals pose as police all the time.
The government is this unreasonable about searching houses, and some people want the govenrment to have the authority to kill people?
I don't frigging get it, kids. Never have, never will. Humans screw up. Death is permanent. It's just that simple.
whose brother is in jail until next March, so she probably won't have her house searched by the police until then. But after next March, the next time they come looking for him...