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And in the meantime.... [Friday, Sep. 21st, 2007|02:26 pm]
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Court rules 'Jena 6' defendant to stay behind bars

JENA, Louisiana (CNN) -- Mychal Bell, the sole defendant who remains behind bars from the group of teens known as the "Jena 6," will not be released Friday, a court decided.

Bell, 17, has been in jail since his arrest more than nine months ago.

It was not immediately clear what happened in court Friday, where Bell's attorneys had planned to push for his release.

"It is our understanding that the judge refused to give bond or bail to Mychal Bell today," the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist who traveled to Jena for Thursday's rally, said in a written statement.

A source inside the court said the issue of bond was not discussed at the hearing. Attorneys did not immediately comment. The proceedings, involving a juvenile, are not open to media.

Bell's mother left the courthouse in tears.

"We'll be back," shouted one Jena 6 supporter outside the courthouse Friday.

With thousands of demonstrators converging on the small town Thursday to decry what they call "unequal justice," the state's 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal ordered a bond hearing for Bell within 72 hours. It was set for Friday morning.

Among the calls at Thursday's dramatic protests -- which drew worldwide attention -- was "Free Mychal Bell."


See a full timeline of the events here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jena_Six (Thanks, jwz.)

[User Picture]From: structurefall
2007-09-21 09:41 pm (UTC)
the wikipedia page confuses me- it says that bell's conviction was overturned- why is he still being held at all, much less without bond?

also, jesus christ what a clusterfuck. i read about some of this like 6 months ago and they've somehow made it WORSE. good job, jena!
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2007-09-21 09:46 pm (UTC)
His conviction for second-degree attempted murder was overturned, but the battery charge still stands. The issue (one of them, anyway) is that he was tried as an adult instead of as a juvenile in the first place, which is why people are calling for him to be released on the grounds that even those charges and associated sentencing is unjust.
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[User Picture]From: structurefall
2007-09-21 09:51 pm (UTC)
oooooooooooooooh. ok, that makes more sense, but yes the lack of bond is still ridiculous.
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[User Picture]From: geishaghost
2007-09-21 10:39 pm (UTC)
how are nooses not a terrorist threat?
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[User Picture]From: fengi
2007-09-21 11:42 pm (UTC)
Argh. This is such bullshit. I've read many stories about people remaining in jail after a court decision was voided or overturned, and the one consistent factor is race. Why did this kid have to await trial in jail anyway?
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