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Friday, August 01, 2008

"Jena 6" Update - Judge Relieved of Duty

The Associated Press announced today that the judge presiding over over the now notorious "Jena 6" case has been removed from his duties for making inappropriate remarks about the accused. After referring to the group as a "violent bunch" and calling them "trouble makers," defense attorney asked that Judge J.P. Mauffray Jr. be removed and a new judge appointed to the case.

Today, Judge Thomas M. Yeager, a special state appointed judge, removed Mauffray from the case after ruling that the comments constituted judicial misconduct.

In December 2006, 6 adolescent Black students were charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder for beating up a White student in a school yard fight. Shortly after charged, the youths - Mychal Bell, Robert Bailey, Jr., Jesse Ray Beard, Carwin Jones, Bryant Purvis and Theo Shaw - became the center of a national discussion on race after leaders in the Black community deemed the charges excessive and biased.

If you need a refresher on the story, check it out here:

If you are interested in catching up on the "Jena 6," follow the case on Yahoo! news.
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