I couldn’t not believe what I was reading. When I first heard that Mychal Bell was back behind bars for a parole violation, I assumed that he had committed a new crime; but no…., his parole violation is for the infamous Jena 6 fight, which happened last year, and for which the same judge knew of last year. Why was his parole not violated when the incident first occurred. Why violate him now, especially in light of the fact that he’s already spent in excess of a year for being unrightfully charged as an adult for the fight. Will part of the 18 months be reduced for time served. I’m not a lawyer, but why violate him after all this time; I’m sure that he will be convicted in juvy court for the Jena fight and receive even more time. Did the judge release him, just to figure out a way to put him straight back in? Is this not just being plain nasty or am I overreacting.
For those of you not familiar, here’s a summary of the Jena 6 story:
Last fall, when two Black high school students “obtained permission” from school officials to sit under a “white” tree on their campus, white students responded by hanging nooses from the tree. When Black students protested the light punishment for the students who hung the nooses, District Attorney Reed Walters came to the school and told the students he could “take [their] lives away with a stroke of [his] pen.”
Racial tension continued to mount in Jena, and the District Attorney did nothing in response to several egregious cases of violence and threats against black students. But when a white student–who had been a vocal supporter of the students who hung the nooses–taunted a black student, allegedly called several black students “nigger”, and was beaten up by black students, six black students were charged with second-degree attempted murder. The charges were later lowered to second degree agravated battery, which still carries a sentence of up to 20 years.
Bell, who was 16 at the time, was convicted in June of aggravated second-degree battery and conspiracy to commit that crime. LaSalle Parish prosecutor Reed Walters reduced the charges just before the trial. Since then, both of those convictions were dismissed and tossed back to juvenile court, where they now are being tried.