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Are We Done Yet?

Jena Six’ Black Teen Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Battery in Deal With Prosecutors
Monday , December 03, 2007

JENA, La. —
A black teenager whose prosecution in the beating of a white classmate led to one of the largest civil rights protests in years pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor battery charge that could see him released from a detention center in about eight months.

Mychal Bell, 17, originally was charged as an adult with attempted murder in the beating of Justin Barker in December 2006. That charge was reduced before a jury convicted him in June of aggravated second-degree battery. An appeals court threw that verdict out in September and ordered Bell retried as a juvenile.

Under his deal, Bell pleaded guilty to a juvenile charge of second-degree battery in return for an 18-month sentence, with credit for 10 months he already has served. Bell had faced being placed in a juvenile facility until his 21st birthday

Bell also must pay court costs plus $935 to Barker’s family, testify should his co-defendants in the Barker attack stand trial, undergo counseling and be reintegrated into the school system, his lawyers said.

…and with that, Mr. Bell heads back to jail. Assuming, of course, that he’s not still there (which I think he is). Hopefully, through whatever testimony he might have to give, we’ll be able to find out what REALLY happened there. This story has been so spun out of control by both sides, that it would be nice to actually hear what the truth was.

Hopefully, this becomes a dead issue from this point on. Though, inevitably, someone will say that he shouldn’t be in jail at all, or that the sentence was too harsh. To me, 18 months with credit for time served sounds like a pretty good deal. And, let’s not forget the key act in this latest saga: Mr. Bell PLEAD GUILTY. As in, admitted guilt. There won’t be any “If I Did It” books to come out of this.

The Jena 6 are getting justice. Let’s move on now.


Written by Coby Dillard

December 4, 2007 at 4:15 pm

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  1. wow…

    we will move on when justice is served…remember how this incident started? with the nooses being hung? u know…the hate crime they said they couldnt find anything to charge the white boys with?…I guess there is nothing about hate crimes on the books in Jena…pls dont get me started…
    No, we are not done…we are not done until the white boy who pulled a gun on them is convicted, until ALL the children in the fight get the same sentence, and until the idiotic prosecutor who brought up these idiotic charges to begin with is fired and convicted. We are not done until all of our children have equal justice and equal rights, heck no…we are nowhere near close to being done!



    December 4, 2007 at 5:51 pm

  2. Hanging nooses, technically speaking, isn’t a hate crime.

    What are you going to convict the kid of? Brandishing a weapon? That’ll get him a suspended sentence.

    Hell, what are you going to convict the prosecutor of?


    December 5, 2007 at 2:18 pm

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