Saturday, October 13, 2007

Mychal Bell Back in Jail

From the AP:
Mychal Bell, 17, was unexpectedly sent back to prison on Thursday after going to juvenile court in central Louisiana's LaSalle Parish for what he expected to be a routine hearing, Carol Powell Lexing, one of his attorneys said.

Instead, state District Judge J.P. Mauffrey Jr. decided Bell had violated probation and sentenced him to 18 months in jail on two counts of simple battery and two counts of criminal destruction of property, Lexing said.
Now why would you expect anything routine from the
Louisiana court system? Or maybe this is routine.

In discussing this with me, my father said, "Well, baby, they had to do something to show they could keep him in jail if they wanted." And he sounded so certain, like this is something he's just so used to.

H/T My dad and Trinity (who called me at 8:30 this morning pissed off!)

4 comments:

Brian said...

It's been a while since I lived in LA, and I'm not all that familiar with the justice system in any case, but 18 months seems a bit long for those offenses. I'm not surprised by it--it seems fairly obvious that the purpose was to send a message to the locals that nothing has changed, and that's probably the most depressing thing of all.

Kate said...

What. the. fuck.

Gwyneth Bolton said...

I'm telling you we are regressing... It's like 1955 up in this country...

Gwyneth

Rent Party said...

It's routine. And it's disgusting.

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