Friday, August 01, 2008

Judge Removed From Remaining Jena 6 Cases...

Tha Artivist Writes:

I actually got the heads up from Bro. Marcus Jones the father of Jena 6's Mychal Bell about this update several hours ago...I am glad that Judge J.P. Mauffray, Jr. was removed from the remaining Jena 6 cases...However, I feel that it was a failure for him to still be a part of this so long after the 'successful' Sept. 20, 2007 rally... He won't be up for re-election, but D.A. Reed Walters is up for re-election and will likely still retain his job as "Lord High Executioner Of Jena"...The fact that Black folks still can't vote in Jena is also disturbing considering that we are 143 years removed from the American Civil War...

With that said we need to realize that as in the cases of Sean Bell, Jena 6, Angola 3 and Baron Pikes that a systemic change in the judicial and educational systems nationwide is needed...We need to stop being reactionary and be revolutionary...We need grassroots organizing transforming into institutional control in our communities...We need direct action with direct results...

What can we do??? We must do whatever it takes by using our gifts and talents as well as sweat equity to make the changes needed, "power concedes nothing without a demand" and "without struggle there is no progress"...Right on Bro. Fred!!! How do you start implementing change??? Start implementing change by changing your self...Meaning be the change you want to see and the change in the world eventually will be staring back at you!!!

Judge Removed From Cases Against 'Jena Six' Teens

By MARY FOSTER, Associated Press

The judge overseeing the criminal cases for the remaining Jena Six defendants was removed against his will Friday for making questionable remarks about the teenagers.

Judge J.P. Mauffray Jr. had acknowledged calling the teens "trouble makers" and "a violent bunch" but insisted he could be impartial. Judge Thomas M. Yeager, who was asked by defense attorneys to review the case, found there was an appearance of impropriety and recused Mauffray.

"The right to a fair and impartial judge is of particular importance in the present cases," Yeager wrote.

Six black teens were arrested and initially charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with a December 4, 2006, attack on fellow Jena High School student Justin Barker, who is white. The charges were later reduced.

Jesse Ray Beard, Robert Bailey Jr., Carwin Jones, Bryant Purvis and Theo Shaw now face aggravated second-degree battery charges. Beard is charged as a juvenile.

Mychal Bell is the only member of the group that has been tried. He was originally charged as an adult with attempted murder. The charge was reduced before a jury convicted him last June of aggravated second-degree battery.

In September, an appeals court overturned the verdict and ordered Bell tried as a juvenile. He pleaded guilty to a juvenile charge of second-degree battery. He now lives in Monroe, La., with a foster family and is attending school.

The case aggravated racial tensions in the tiny, central Louisiana town, and led to a massive civil rights demonstration last September.

Mauffray was out of town, court officials said, and would not comment on the ruling.

District Attorney Reed Walters said he may appeal the decision.

"Whatever ultimately happens concerning the judge, this does not mean these cases go away," he said. "It will just take longer to get them to trial. However, I may seek to have the decision overturned."

An attorney for Beard said he hoped it the Louisiana Supreme Court would quickly appoint a new judge to hear the remaining cases.

"Everyone is entitled to a fair judge, not the judge they want," attorney David Utter said. "It mystifies me why the district attorney would fight this."

More Jena 6 News On W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News & Radio:

New Jena 6 Update...Marcus Jones' Updated Press Release...

Jena 6 Is Far From Over...Mychal Bell's Lawyer Sells Out Client For A Plea...

Jena 6 Far From Over...Marcus Jones, Father Of Mychal Bell Speaks Out Once Again...

Listen To The Latest Marcus Jones Interview (The Interview Is The First Hour Of Show) In Its Entirety By Clicking On The Following Link:

Special Jena 6 Post-Plea Bargain Show On W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio
To listen to the entire Attorney Louis Scott and Marcus Jones interviews as well as others on this case please visit the following link on-line:

Marcus Jones Sounds Off About Mychal Bell's Plea Bargain~

Father from Jena 6 Family Disagrees with Lawyer

Jena 6 Plea Bargain Deal Not A Win-Win...Tha Artivist Reports...

Jena 6 Defendant’s Plea Bargain Garners Mixed Response From Supporters, Experts And Onlookers...Tha Artivist Reports...

"Jena 6 Updates: Mychal Bell Plea Bargains" By Maroonsista:

So-called Jena 6 Scandal More A Matter Of Bad Communication Tha Artivist Reports...

Artivist MCs Historic Jena 6 Forum @ Washington University In St. Louis...


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