Jena 6 Update: Judge Overturns Bell’s Conviction

A LA appeals court judge reversed the aggravated second-battery assault conviction of Mychal Bell, the first of the “Jena 6” to be convicted.  From the Chicago Tribune:

With the prospect of a major national civil rights protest looming next week in the central Louisiana town of Jena, a state appeals court on Friday abruptly vacated the felony conviction of a black teenager accused of beating a white student in a case fraught with racial tensions.

Louisiana’s Third Circuit Court of Appeals, acting on an emergency defense appeal, reversed the aggravated second-degree battery conviction of Mychal Bell, 17, ruling that the youth had been tried improperly as an adult in a case that has raised allegations of unequal justice in the small, mostly white town.

Click on the “reversed” link above for more insidious details.

This is great news; now brace yourselves for the appeal.


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