Thursday, December 15, 2005

Stanley "Tookie" Williams oder Cory Maye

Ich würde sagen letztere, aber seit dem ich dies hier erfahren hab (HT: Liberty and Power):

At 11 p.m. on the night of December 26, 2001, Jones accompanied a seven-member SWAT team from the Pearl River Basin Narcotics Task Force, a four-county police agency responsible for drug enforcement. He was not a member of the team, but had been invited along as he had passed along an confidential tip that large quantities of marijuana were being stored and sold in the apartment of Jamie Smith, who lived in the other half of the duplex. The officers had obtained search warrants for both apartments. Whether the warrants legally allowed for a no-knock entry is still not clear.

While Smith was arrested without incident, and significant quantities of marijuana were found in his home, both Maye's current and former attorneys say Smith was never charged with drug possession or distribution. Jefferson Davis County District Attorney Clarence "Buddy" McDonald says he doesn't remember Smith being charged or convicted.

There is disagreement about what happened next. The officers then either served the warrant on Maye's half of the duplex, or entered what they thought was another door to Smith's in search of more contraband (later, prosecutors would say both were served simultaneously). Attorneys for Mississippi and Maye differ on whether the police clearly identified themselves. Maye, who was asleep at the time of the raid, retreated to his bedroom and readied a .38-caliber pistol. When Jones entered, Maye fired three times. Jones was wearing a bulletproof vest, but it did not cover the area where he was hit, and the injury proved fatal.

Hat der Krieg gegen Drogen ein weiteres unschuldiges Opfer gefordert? Warum wurde dieser Fall nicht in den Medien erwähnt? Vielleicht schafft es ja Liberty and Power's Radly Balko, dass dieser Mann die Chance bekommt seine Tochter doch noch aufwachsen zu sehen. Zumindest kann ich die Begnadigung dieses armen Menschen mehr empfehlen, als jene eines gewissen Tookie, der mindestens 4 Menschen umgebracht hatte und da macht es keinen Unterschied ob er es jetzt "bereut" oder nicht, ein Freispruch ist einfach nicht drin.



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