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Friday, October 12, 2007

Mychal Bell

Hat Tip blogger Too Sense for the post on Mychal Bell

Mychal Bell Back In Jail

Jena: Just like the good ol' days!

A Louisiana judge sent Mychal Bell back to jail yesterday, claiming that his involvement in the beating of Justin Barker violated the terms of his probation.

A judge decided the fight that thrust a teenager into the center of a civil rights controversy violated his probation for a previous conviction and ordered the boy back to jail, the teen's attorney said.

Mychal Bell, who along with five other black teenagers is accused of beating a white classmate, had gone to juvenile court in Jena on Thursday expecting another routine hearing, said Carol Powell Lexing, one of his attorneys.

Instead, state District Judge J.P. Mauffrey Jr. sentenced Bell to 18 months in jail on two counts of simple battery and two counts of criminal destruction of property, Lexing said.

This is ludicrously arbitrary. The timing of this decision, weeks after Bell's release, suggest that Reed Walters and Judge Mauffrey spent a great deal of time figuring out how they could get Bell back in jail. Mauffrey is the judge who originally refused to allow a bail hearing for Bell after his conviction in adult court was overturned on appeal. Bell's attorneys had previously and unsuccessfully tried to have him removed from the case.


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