Friday, September 14, 2007

Mychal Bell's (Jena 6) Conviction Overturned


"JENA, La. - A state appeals court Friday tossed out the aggravated battery conviction that could have sent a black teenager to prison for 15 years in last year's beating of a white classmate in the racially tense Louisiana town of Jena.

Mychal Bell, who was 16 at the time of the December beating, should not have been tried as an adult on the battery charge, the state Third Circuit Court of Appeal in Lake Charles ruled."

-Associated Press

This is MAJOR, though I would have liked it if the reasoning for the 'attack' were listed...

The September rally is still taking place however, and more solidarity can only help.
You can check back also for more information on a virtual march you can participate in by taking your pic and holding a sign stating your desire to see the Jena 6 pardoned and freed, then posting it on your blog. The Afrosphere Jena 6 Coalition, of which Ultraviolet Underground, and Electric Village are a part, will issue a press release with the date this virtual march will commence. More details to come.

Speak and your voice will be heard.

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