Sunday, November 18, 2007

"Judge won't drop charges against 'Jena 6' defendant," says CNN, citing this blog for commentary.

CNN reports the following information and then includes our "Jena Scrapbook" in its "From the Blogs Section", as an example of commentary on the issue.

This is from CNN, and the link to this blog is there in the "From the Blogs" section:

JENA, Louisiana (CNN) -- A juvenile court judge Thursday denied a defense request to drop charges against one of six black students accused in the beating of a white student, according to a source inside the courtroom.

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Supporters surround Mychal Bell after his release at the LaSalle Parish courthouse in September.

Attorneys for Mychal Bell, 17, had argued their client faced double jeopardy because he had already been tried and convicted of battery and conspiracy to commit battery in adult court.

Those convictions were overturned in September, and prosecutors brought charges against him in juvenile court.

Bell's attorneys intend to appeal Thursday's decision to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Lake Charles, Louisiana, said the source, who requested anonymity because of the gag order imposed by the judge.

Bell's trial has been set for December 6.

Apparently, one effect of forcing the Jena issue into national awareness has been forcing awareness and citation of Black blogs into the mainstream press.

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