Jena 6 Louisiana court case

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Jena 6 Louisiana court case

Post by Barb » Fri Sep 14, 2007 4:57 pm

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20779755/
Court overturns conviction in Jena beating case
Court rules teen should not have been tried as an adult

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Court overturns conviction in Jena beating case
Court rules teen should not have been tried as an adult

JENA, La. - A state appeals court on Friday threw out the only remaining conviction against a black teenager accused in the beating of a white schoolmate that raised racial tensions in his town.
Mychal Bell, 17, should not have been tried as an adult, the court said in tossing his conviction on aggravated battery, for which he was to have been sentenced Thursday. His conspiracy conviction was already thrown out by another court.
Bell, who was 16 at the time of the beating, and four others were originally charged with attempted second-degree murder. Those charges brought widespread criticism that blacks were being treated more harshly than whites following racial altercations involving Jena High.

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Post by Guysanto » Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:48 pm

Thanks for the update.

Here's the earlier thread: http://haitiforever.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=665

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Post by Leoneljb » Sat Sep 15, 2007 5:51 am

NOT SURPRISING AT ALL! After all, This is America!

Personally, I believe that US of A had the most Obedient Blacks...

Dessalines, Christophe, Bookman and Mackandal would have reshaped America!

In Jena Racism is more obvious. But elsewhere it's hidden!

Freedom has to be taken, not given. Otherwise, you'd face Segregation, Injustice and Apartheid...

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Post by Barb » Sat Sep 15, 2007 8:54 pm

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Things are looking up for six black teens charged with trying to kill a white classmate last year after a Louisiana court vacated the conviction of one of the men. But national civil-rights advocates say something remains very amiss in the small town.
By Gretel C. Kovach
Newsweek
Updated: 2 hours, 16 minutes ago
Sept. 15, 2007 - Civil rights protestors are still planning to converge on tiny Jena, La., next week—even though the “Jena Six” claimed a major victory Friday. It's been nine months since six high school students were arrested and accused of trying to beat a white classmate to death. Even longer since nooses were found hanging from a schoolyard oak tree favored by whites the morning after black students dared to venture under its boughs.
Mychal Bell, the 17-year-old former Jena High School football star convicted on a felony assault charge in the case, has been incarcerated since the December fight. But on Friday, a state appeals court vacated Bell's conviction. He was 16 years old at the time of the fight and should not have been tried as an adult, the court ruled. The attempted murder charges were also reduced recently for the other Jena Six teens facing adult punishment. Local black residents and many outside observers said the murder charges were overly harsh. The only weapons involved were the students' tennis shoes, and while the white victim was treated for injuries at a hospital, he went home the same day.
The ongoing controversy has thrown Jena, population about 3,000, into an uncomfortable spotlight that isn't likely to dim with the latest court decision. Civil rights activists, bloggers and black radio hosts helped spread the word about the case, demanding an end to what they see as unequal justice. On Saturday, some of the Jena Six and their relatives and lawyers joined the Rev. Jesse Jackson in Chicago at his Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters. “We will not rest” until all charges are dropped against the Jena Six, Jackson said. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union is reviewing data from the La Salle Parish district attorney's office for evidence of racial disparities or violation of civil rights. The district attorney has declined to comment on the case, citing a gag order.
Jackson and other activists say what's happened in Jena is indicative of the “new Jim Crow” racism that inflicts many parts of the country. There is a “misuse of the criminal justice system as a kind of poverty control,” says Alan Bean, an activist with the civil rights group Friends of Justice. “We have basically criminalized poor people. … I think Jena is a particularly egregious example of business as usual in the American criminal justice system.”
According to a review of the latest data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics released by The Sentencing Project, a non-profit criminal justice center, African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites, and Hispanics nearly double the rate. Louisiana has a higher rate of black incarceration than the national average or that of nearby states such as Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. But it has a lower rate than Texas, Florida and others. Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, blamed the growing disparities on racial bias and a failure of social and economic interventions to address crime effectively.
While national activists continue to push for change, Bell may finally be able to go home after a new bail hearing on Monday. Bean doubts that any of the other Jena Six cases will ever go to trial, though the La Salle Parish district attorney, Reed Walters, has vowed to appeal Bell's case to the Louisiana Supreme Court. “We're not necessarily out of the woods yet, even as far as Mychal's case is considered,” Bean said. “But vacating a conviction is a very, very positive step.”
Bell's father, Marcus Jones, said his son never tried to kill anyone and that the charges against him were ludicrous. More than anything, Jones wants Mychal to realize his dream of playing college football with one of the top schools that had been recruiting him. On the field, “he's like poetry in motion,” Jones recalled last month in Jena, describing the last time he saw him play at Jena High. “I want his credibility back, his eligibility, like this never happened. That's the way it should be.”

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Post by Dunord » Sun Sep 16, 2007 1:32 am

I've been following this case and it reeks of racism. The accused attacked a white guy and struck him with a tennis shoe from what I understand. Assault with intent to kill? Give me a break. At worst it was a school yard fight until the local "law enforcement and good citizens" got involved and decided to make a big deal out of it. The local black citizens could have filed a civil right/hate crime complaint when the noose was hung in the tree but they figured it was a kid thing, wrong.
Don't stand for it. Write the local officials in Jena and tell them you want EQUAL justice or you'll bring as many people as you can to protest this BS.
The only thing it takes for tyrants to succeed is for good people to do nothing.
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By the way Haiti is quiet and making progress little by little.

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Post by Guysanto » Sun Sep 16, 2007 9:06 am

Rip Van Winkle, glad you finally came back to the Village.

Here's a page everyone can use at this time to support the Jena 6:

http://www.colorofchange.org/jena

or to familiarize yourself better with the story of the Jena 6, read on:

http://www.colorofchange.org/jena/message.html

It's not enough to complain about racism. We have to actively support the victims and put pressure on the aggressors.

Please do it now, they need your support today.

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Post by Dunord » Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:09 am

I'm please to finally have a little time to check in. I've partially moved back home. There are some signs of progress being made. The government is actually trying to properly collect customs duty which has upset some of the big eaters tremendously. It's also mildly upset some of us smaller fish who used to pay on a variable basis. The "pepe' merchants are upset that their merchandise is now being taxed as if it's going to be sold which of course it is. I happened to be at the impot office when a group of these women were "discussing" this with the director. I left thinking that man was one of the bravest individuals in Cap.

The police are keeping their shoes well shined and staying in the shade as much as possible. They complain of no money but don't write tickets. It's a new concept to this bunch. When I was growing up they walked the streets, wrote tickets and actually directed traffic. There were marked tap-tap stations in town and that's where the tap-taps stopped not every 25 feet. There was fresh paint on the stop signs and you actually thought about stopping when you saw one. Ah, well...

I'm not going to complain very much. No one that I know of has been kidnapped lately and people are vigilant though relaxed. It's nice to again enjoy the warmth of family, friends and people in general.


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Post by Guysanto » Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:18 am

[quote]There was fresh paint on the stop signs and you actually thought about stopping when you saw one.[/quote]

That's a good one, Dunord!

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Post by Barb » Sun Sep 23, 2007 4:27 pm

FBI investigates anti-Jena 6 Web page
Site purports to list addresses of teens accused of beating white student
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NEW ORLEANS - The FBI is reviewing a white supremacist Web site that purports to list the addresses of five of the six black teenagers accused of beating a white student in Jena and "essentially called for their lynching," an agency spokeswoman said Saturday.

Sheila Thorne, an agent in the FBI's New Orleans office, said authorities were reviewing whether the site breaks any federal laws. She said the FBI had "gathered intelligence on the matter," but declined to further explain how the agency got involved.

CNN first reported Friday about the Web site, which features a swastika, frequent use of racial slurs, a mailing address in Roanoke, Va., and phone numbers purportedly for some of the teens' families "in case anyone wants to deliver justice." That page is dated Thursday.

'Threats and harassment'
The Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement Saturday that some of the families have received "almost around the clock calls of threats and harassment," and called on Gov. Kathleen Blanco to intervene.

A Blanco spokeswoman said the governor had asked law enforcement — primarily state police — to investigate.

"These people need more than an investigation. They need protection," the Rev. Jesse Jackson said. He said his organization would be in touch with President Bush's nominee for attorney general, Michael Mukasey.
"This is a test for the disposition of the Department of Justice to serve as an intervenor and a deterrent" to hate crimes and discrimination, Jackson said. He said federal marshals should protect the families.
Carolas Purvis, whose number was among three listed on the Web site, said she did not feel in danger. Purvis is the aunt of Bryant Purvis, who has yet to be arraigned. She said she has received a number of calls, some from people who say nothing, others to let her know that her number had been put on the site. One, Friday night, used the N-word to her young son, she said.

A dispatcher for the LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Department said no one in the office Saturday could say whether any threats had been reported.
Of the two other numbers listed as "active" on the Web site, one was not answered Saturday; the other yielded a constant busy signal.

On Thursday, thousands of demonstrators marched in a civil rights demonstration in support of the so-called Jena 6. The six black teens were arrested after a December attack on a white student — the culmination of fights between blacks and whites.
Of the six teens arrested, five initially were charged with attempted second-degree murder; charges for four have been reduced as they were arraigned. Charges against the sixth teen, booked as a juvenile, are sealed.

Mychal Bell is the only one to have been tried so far. A state appeals court recently threw out his conviction for aggravated second-degree battery, saying he couldn't be tried as an adult. He remained in jail pending an appeal.
William A. "Bill" White, listed as the Web site's editor and commander of the American National Socialist Workers Party, did not immediately answer an e-mail to his address. Calls to one of the two William Whites listed in Roanoke were not answered; the other said he was not involved with the site.

Blanco said Saturday that harassing families involved in the case "cannot and will not be tolerated."

"Public attacks on private citizens done out of ignorance and hatred is appalling, and anyone who stoops to such unspeakable persecution will be investigated and subject to the full penalty of law," she said in a statement.

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Post by Guysanto » Sun Sep 23, 2007 5:38 pm

This is getting uglier. But of course those who are inciting the worst violence would hide in anonymity, as cowards always do.

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