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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Yahoo! Charges Reduced in Jena 6 Attack

Yahoo! Charges Reduced in Jena 6 Attack

JENA, La. - Prosecutors on Tuesday reduced the attempted murder charges against two more teenagers among the "Jena Six," a group of black high school students who were arrested following an attack on a white schoolmate.
Five of the teens were originally charged with attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, carrying sentences of up to 80 years in prison. The sixth faces undisclosed juvenile charges.

Civil rights advocates have decried the charges as unfairly harsh.

On Tuesday, charges against Carwin Jones and Theo Shaw were reduced to aggravated second-degree battery and conspiracy. That same reduction was made earlier for Mychal Bell, who was tried and found guilty and could be sentenced to 22 1/2 years at a hearing Sept. 20.
Also awaiting trial are Robert Bailey Jr. and Bryant Purvis, who still face attempted murder charges, and the unidentified juvenile.

To read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070904/ap_on_re_us/school_fight


My Response: "Just drop all the charges and let us go on with our lives," said Theo Shaw, one of the ruffians of an unprovoked attack on a white student. Apparently young Mr. Shaw is now willing to take the medicine of which he must be held accountable for. And I'm not looking to hear, "well it's payback for years of slavery and racial discrimination." Because that argument is a slap in the face of Martin Luther King, Jr..who practiced non-violence and advocated peaceful ways to get the rights that Theo Shaw and his buddies are spitting on. No, Theo, charges were rightfully reduced to what they are...if found guilty...you have to pay it.

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