Saturday, September 15, 2007

Mychal Bell. Jena Louisina: Update


Bell isn't out of the woods yet, the appeals court tossed his conviction as an adult, once the attempted murder charge had been dropped he should have been tried as a juvenile. His lawyers await the next move by prosecutors.

NEW ORLEANS - A state appeals court on Friday threw out the only remaining conviction against one of the black teenagers accused in the beating of a white schoolmate in the racially tense north Louisiana town of Jena.

Mychal Bell, 17, should not have been tried as an adult, the state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal said in tossing his conviction on aggravated battery, for which he was to have been sentenced Thursday. He could have gotten 15 years in prison.

His conspiracy conviction in the December beating of student Justin Barker was already thrown out by another court. more

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