The Jena 6

Damnyankee

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Alright, I have heard numerous stories on what happened. Is there a blow by blow of what exactly happened? The only things I know 100% are that the blacks were convicted by a all white jury, and that one of the black kids was charged with attempted murder, when he only punched the white kid.
 
The white belongs in prison for being beaten, and not his black victims.
 
That seems like a serious charge for a minor .... he is being charged as an adult right?

I can't say I am not in favor of making 16 the legal age with regards to crime; maybe it could get a lot of people to clean up there act.

In any case I can't say that I had time to wait for the pundits to stop talking so that I could here the whole story form all sides.

- No comment due to lack of info
 
The story in a nutshell, from the Christian Science Monitor:

The basic points are these: In the predominantly white town of Jena, La., white students hung three nooses last September after black students sat under a schoolyard tree where white students normally congregated. The white students were suspended for three days. After black students protested peacefully, the La Salle Parish district attorney threatened them, saying, "I can make your life go away with a stroke of a pen." Eventually there was a schoolyard fight in which a white student was beaten; he was treated for a concussion and multiple bruises. Although the student was well enough to attend a school function the same evening, six black boys between the ages of 15 and 17 were arrested, five of whom were charged as adults with attempted murder and conspiracy. The sixth student was charged as a juvenile.




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Yuck.
 
I get tired of hearing "he wasn't injured enough to have to miss the school function." Are we going to legally redefine assault as "injuring someone badly enough that they are unable to attend any social events for a period of at least 24 hours" or something? It's irrelevant, he was hospitalized, and had to leave early anyways.
 
I get tired of hearing "he wasn't injured enough to have to miss the school function." Are we going to legally redefine assault as "injuring someone badly enough that they are unable to attend any social events for a period of at least 24 hours" or something? It's irrelevant, he was hospitalized, and had to leave early anyways.

That may be true, but then is it really reasonable to charge them with 'attempted murder'? It was a schoolyard fight,....
 
Assult should lead to long jail sentences.

no, according to you, assault should lead to long jail sentences if that person doing the assaulting is black


short jail sentences otherwise
 
Oh, absolutely not attempted murder. I agree there. In fact, to be honest I am not really impressed with anyone involved in this mess.

Neither am I. But it does seem like one side has the cards stacked against them in Louisianna...
 
The story in a nutshell, from the Christian Science Monitor:






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Yuck.
Sort of. That's one side of the story, but not everyone agrees on those essential details. (All bolding mine)

The "Jena Six" and the incidents surrounding their cases have made headlines across the world. However, the story about the attack at the school that left one white student -- Justin Barker -- unconscious and six black students -- Robert Bailey Jr., Mychal Bell, Carwin Jones, Bryant Purvis, Theo Shaw and an unnamed juvenile -- initially charged with attempted murder -- hasn't always been right, U.S. Attorney Donald Washington said. [Not that it should matter, but Donald Washington is black.]

....

These are some of the other things discussed by Washington during the nearly four-hour forum Thursday night:

Selective prosecution and arrest
You have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the district attorney decided to treat one group of people different than another, which is hard to prove, Washington said. He said he would have to have proof of Walters' intentions, such as a record of Walters' spoken words or somewhere that he had written that intention down.

There have been no complaints of misconduct on the part of the Jena Police Department filed in connection to any of these incidents.
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The three students found responsible for hanging the nooses have no history of violence. The principal recommended expulsion, but a school district committee overruled that decision and decided to suspend them instead, a decision approved by Superintendent Roy Breithaupt. There were no other problems noticed by the school officials.

Although students have claimed there was a "peaceful protest" at the tree following the noose incident, Washington said he could find no proof of that claim. As opposed to a peaceful response, Jena police officers were called to the school to respond to a number of fights -- white on black and black on white -- in the days after the noose incident, Washington said.

In response to the growing violence at the school, the principal called an assembly. The Jena Police Department asked Walters to attend and speak. Washington, who spoke to Walters about the assembly, said Walters wasn't very happy about the request because he was in the midst of preparing for an aggravated rape case.

When Walters spoke to the students, he said they weren't paying attention to what he was saying or being respectful, Washington said. Washington said the information he received confirmed that Walters made statements about being able to affect the students' lives with the stroke of a pen, but said that reports that the speech was directed toward black students after peacefully demonstrating aren't true.

And according to the New York Times, there's even confusion about how this initial tree incident went down - according to other town residents, it wasn't a "white" tree at all.

--The so-called ''white tree'' at Jena High, often reported to be the domain of only white students, was nothing of the sort, according to teachers and school administrators; students of all races, they say, congregated under it at one time or another.

--Two nooses -- not three -- were found dangling from the tree. Beyond being offensive to blacks, the nooses were cut down because black and white students ''were playing with them, pulling on them, jump-swinging from them, and putting their heads through them,'' according to a black teacher who witnessed the scene.

--There was no connection between the September noose incident and December attack, according to Donald Washington, an attorney for the U.S. Justice Department in western Louisiana, who investigated claims that these events might be race-related hate crimes.

[And incidentally:]

(It was widely reported that Bell, now 17, was an honor student with no prior criminal record. Although he had a high grade-point average, he was, in fact, on probation for at least two counts of battery and a count of criminal damage to property. In any event, his conviction was overturned because an appeals court ruled he should not have been tried as an adult.)


Things are not as clear-cut as some in the media have portrayed.
 
Playing the race card to get off the hook.
 
It was a 6-1 brutal beating. I don't care what was the colour of the participants, they should be punished. Should I forsake my reason just to look PC? I would think exactly the same if it was 6-1 against a black kid, so don't pull a race card on me please.
 
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