Thursday, June 28, 2007

Mychal Bell, First of the Jena 6 to Stand Trial, Convicted

***Update (5:51 PM-6/28)***

I really have nothing to say right now. This conviction is not surprising.

But it still hurts.

I got the news from the Alexandria Town Talk:
The jurors were told that in addition to the charges Bell faced, they also may consider the lesser and included charges of aggravated battery, second-degree battery, simple battery, or acquittal.
Yeah, right.

Vox sums up my opinion:
30 years for a high school fistfight in which no one was seriously injured, convicted by an all-white jury. I don’t know what to say about that.
Thanks to my cousin, Trinity, for updating here.


This is Trinity-Elle's cousin. She's away from the computer but wanted me to update you that Mychal Bell has been convicted of aggravated second degree battery and conspiracy to commit the same. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

More Later.


Tom said...

Elle, I'm more sorry than I can say to hear about the conviction.

Here is the petition link:

Anonymous said...

omg. this is so ridiculous.

NewYorkRob said...

Has anyone apologized to the victim that was beat up? 17 witnesses testified that they saw Mychal Bell beat up the other boy. Why hasn't anybody apologized to the family of the victim or the victim?

elle said...

actually, 17 other witnesses did not testify to that.

go read

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