Devastating

Radley Balko on the new brief filed by Cory Maye's lawyers:

If you've read anything at all about this case, I'd urge you to take a look at the brief. I realize that a brief's legal effectiveness is a very different thing than its general pursuasiveness, particularly briefs filed in almost perfunctory post-trial motions like this one. Since I'm not really qualified to comment on its legal merits, I'll keep my comments limited to its general pursuasiveness.

To that end, it's devastating. The difference between the top-notch legal representation Cory Maye has now and the minimal representation he had at trial is striking (and frightening, given the stakes). I can't see anyone reading this thing through and still believing that Maye is the slightest bit guilty, much less that he should be executed. At worst, you could perhaps make the case that Maye acted recklessly, and might have been tried for manslaughter. I wouldn't agree. But I probably wouln't be making trips to Mississippi to investigate, or blathering endlessly on my blog, either. Of course, I still think the guy should not only be released from prison, but compensated.

The entire brief can be found here.

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Did Balko single-handedly

Did Balko single-handedly bring all this to light? Is Balko going to save this man's life?

If he did, I say this is the greatest blogosphere story yet. Just awesome.

Yeah, pretty much. This

Yeah, pretty much. This will be the blogosphere's greatest victory should Maye be vindicated. And Balko deserves the credit.