A Louisiana judge tossed the conviction against teen tried as adult in the Jena 6 case. CNN REPORTS:
Bob Noel said the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lake Charles threw out the conviction for second degree battery against Mychal Bell, saying the charges should have been brought in juvenile court. “We’re happy now, but tomorrow is another day,” Noel told reporters.
The future of the case against Bell is up to the district attorney, who must decide whether to refile the charges in juvenile court, Noel said.”We have to wait and see what the other side’s going to do, how they’re going to react,” he said.
Bell’s defense team would be filing a motion to get him out of prison, where he has been since his arrest in December, Noel said.
“The primary concern is to get Mychal Bell out of jail and into school where he needs to be,” he said. [ READ MORE ]
Bell was facing up to 15 years in prison for nothing but a school yard fight.
“Although there will not be a court hearing, we still intend to have a major rally for the Jena Six and now hopefully Mychal Bell will join us,” Sharpton said in an e-mailed statement.
REV. JESSE JACKSON
“The pressure must continue until all six boys are set free and sent to school, not to jail.” [ READ MORE ]
(UPDATE): I apologize to those of you who thought the unedited post was misleading. I was going by early reports and didn’t realize the full story wasn’t printed yet. We have edited the post. Please contact me if you have any questions.