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  •  already convicted today on lesser charges (6+ / 0-)

    new on the AP wire:

    Black Teen Convicted of School Beating

    Thursday, June 28, 2007
    (06-28) 14:05 PDT Jena, La. (AP) -- A black teenager who once faced attempted murder and conspiracy charges for beating a white schoolmate amid racial tension at their high school was convicted Thursday of lesser charges.
    After a prosecutor reduced attempted murder charges this week, an all-white jury found Mychal Bell, 17, guilty of aggravated second-degree battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated second-degree battery, both felonies. The charges could lead to a sentence of more than 20 years; Bell would have faced decades more in prison on the attempted murder counts.

    •  ooops, conviction was noted in the diary. sorry, (2+ / 0-)
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      I missed it the first time through, and I'd just read the story re: the conviction on SF Gate.

    •  The right result, probably (4+ / 0-)

      Unless there's immediate self-defense, you can't go around beating the shit out of people.  The white kids should have been expelled immediately for putting up nooses. I don't begrudge the defendants their anger, only their remedy.

      •  Actually, as I google the story and find more, (4+ / 0-)

        what's really needed is for Señor Love Daddy to yell at everyone to chill the fuck out.  

        What a fucking mess down there.  

        FWIW, several friends of mine have testified to the fucked up racial shit in LA - didn't intend to suggest otherwise above.  

      •  Did they even beat up a kid (4+ / 0-)
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        involved with the nooses or did they beat the kid up because he was white?

        I see nothing to indicate in the news stories that the beaten kid was involved with the nooses.

        If he was not, he got beat up because he was white.

        •  Hate crime, then (1+ / 0-)
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          The sentence should be made a lot harsher if the victim wasn't involved in anything.  

        •  One of the articles I read (10+ / 0-)

          said that the fight happened after lunch-hour taunts of one of the black students who'd previously been attacked by white students outside a social club.  Alan Bean from the Friends of Justice has a great summary of the incident and what should be done in response.

          Restoring justice to Jena will require the following:
          • The Louisiana State Police must be assigned to the investigation of the alleged fight at the school.
          • District Attorney Reed Walters must recuse himself from the investigation and prosecution of the black defendants in the alleged school fight of December 4, 2006 or the incident at the Gotta Go Convenience store on December 2, 2006.
          • The legal cases cited above must be transferred to an alternative venue.
          • A special prosecutor must be assigned to prosecute whatever charges (if any) are deemed appropriate on the basis of an independent state police investigation.
          • The Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice should launch a full investigation into events in Jena, Louisiana, beginning with the noose incident of August 31, 2006, and culminating in the alleged fight of December 4, 2006 to determine if the civil rights of Jena residents have been violated.
          • The inaction of the LaSalle Parish School Board on the noose incident represents a clear violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.  Therefore, a written complaint should be filed with the U.S. Department of Justice.
          • The LaSalle Parish school system must institute a rigorous program of diversity education beginning in elementary school and continuing through high school with a particular focus on the history of race relations in America and the virtues of pluralism, mutual respect and equal opportunity.  In addition, a yearly, system-wide in-service diversity training program must be provided for teachers and administrators.

          If we can bring in impartial, fair investigators, then we can have the opportunity for the truth to come out. One of the witnesses said she heard someone say "There was the white m-fer who was running his mouth." before he was hit. Was the white victim involved in the previous beatings? Was he singled-out because he was white? At this point, none of that is clear.

          The only thing that is clear is that there is two systems of justice for the citizens of Jena, Louisiana. One for blacks and one for whites.

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