Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Louisiana: Lament Over Possible Testimony

The Party for Socialism and Liberation laments the fact that there might be a prosecutorial brakthrough (as the result of a plea bargain) in the case of the so-called "Jena 6." The Party web site notes:

[One] of the Six, Mychal Bell, has been sentenced to 18 months for fighting with a white student. Four more are facing second-degree battery charges and another is facing juvenile charges ... Bell had faced at least 22 years, and the others faced attempted murder charges. Here in New York City, the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) collected over 6,000 signatures demanding the charges be dropped and that the prosecutor of the Jena 6 case be fired. Activists from other organizations conducted similar campaigns across the country, collecting tens of thousands of signatures and holding protests to coincide with the Six’s court dates. ANSWER organized a national day of action to defend the Six, with protests in more than 13 cities on Nov. 7. Responding to the groundswell of pressure, on Dec. 24, the Congressional Black Caucus demanded that outgoing Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco pardon the Six. She refused ... As part of his plea bargain, Bell reportedly has offered to testify against the other five, which we very much hope he does not do.
See full post here.

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