Jena 6 defendant takes plea deal

Jena 6 defendant takes plea deal

There are 554 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 3, 2007, titled Jena 6 defendant takes plea deal. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The district attorney in the racially-charged Jena 6 case in Louisiana agreed to a plea bargain Monday that sharply reduced the charges against the first of the six black teenagers who was facing trial, while ...

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Kate

Orange, CA

#1 Dec 3, 2007
The DA in this town should still be investigated for misconduct.
Jena 187

Escondido, CA

#2 Dec 3, 2007
This seems like a light punishment for a harsh crime
RLB

Northampton, PA

#4 Dec 3, 2007
Plea Bargains should be outlawed.
ERW

Phoenix, AZ

#5 Dec 3, 2007
Having major media sue, and win the right to be present at, and report on, all proceedings, probably was the biggest factor in getting this deal done.
For over a year, we have heard one side of this story, and it's come from this DA.
Shining a media light on the any future proceedings would have shown all this to be just what it has been, from the beginning.
A heavy handed DA, and a rigged court system, in a little town in Louisiana.
Curious

Hayward, CA

#6 Dec 3, 2007
In all the hype and accusations it seems much needs to be answered. If, as the defense claims, these black teens have been given harsher sentences than whites, have there been cases in Jena in which a gang of white teens have attacked a lone black and have they received lighter sentences? I also wonder why the Jena 6 have not been charged with a hate crime. Surely if this had been a black teen attacked by 6 skinheads many of the same people supporting the Jena 6 would be out there demanding hate crime charges, and I sincerely doubt any of them would be demanding dropping the attempted murder charge. I also wonder how many of the Jena 6 supporters have been attacked by a gang of individuals, beaten unconscious and even after they were unconscious. People have been killed that way. I've always found a fair way to see if there is racism involved is to reverse the races of the people involved and see if you still feel the same way. It's a great way to shed light on where the real racism lies.
SnapTie

Tampa, FL

#8 Dec 3, 2007
Let's see i hand a piece of rope in a tree? then i get beat so bad i can't see out of 1 of my eye's ever again' who is the violent one ? not the one who beat me,must be the same one's already convicted of a viloent crime. THINK ABOUT IT
Phil

Haymarket, VA

#9 Dec 3, 2007
"Black students and their parents regarded the noose incident as a hate crime..." And what about the white student that was beaten? Apparently you have to be white to commit a 'hate crime'. Hypocrisy at is finest..
AMAZING

El Paso, TX

#10 Dec 3, 2007
WHAT IS THIS? EVERYONE OF YOU THAT HAVE COMMENTED THUS FAR PROBABLY WOULD PREFER IT BE PRE-1960'S. YOUR SO AWESOMELY SHORTSIGHTED THAT YOU CAN ONLY SEE THE COLOR OF YOUR OWN SKIN. UNFORTUNATELY SOMEHOW YOU ASSOCIATE WHITE WITH PURITY. JENA IS A TOWN LIKE MANY OTHERS THAT CREATED A SOCIETY WHICH SUPPORTED THE ENVIRONMENT OF HATE FROM BOTH SIDES. EVERYONE INVOLVED SHOULD HAVE BEEN ADMONISHED EARLY ON AND THE SITUATION WOULD HAVE NOT OCCURRED. UNLESS YOU SUPPORT A RACIALLY DIVIDED NATION, LEARN FROM JENA AND MAKE SURE YOUR NOT TEACHING YOUR KIDS THE SAME FILTH AND HATE YOUR TRYING TO SPEW HERE. OH THE POOR WHITE MAN!
Vinnie From Indy

AOL

#12 Dec 3, 2007
The comments section reads like racists on parade. Some of you morons should actually read what happened in Jena before you confirm your idiocy to God and everyone on this forum.
Corey

Eden Prairie, MN

#13 Dec 3, 2007
The same dummies that marched in Jena in support of these criminals would have been marching in Jena if it was 6 white kids that beat a black kid unconcious and been asking for their heads. until blacks start thinking for themselves, Big Al and Jesse will continue to race bait and blacks will suffer as a result.
Corey

Eden Prairie, MN

#14 Dec 3, 2007
Well put
Curious wrote:
In all the hype and accusations it seems much needs to be answered. If, as the defense claims, these black teens have been given harsher sentences than whites, have there been cases in Jena in which a gang of white teens have attacked a lone black and have they received lighter sentences? I also wonder why the Jena 6 have not been charged with a hate crime. Surely if this had been a black teen attacked by 6 skinheads many of the same people supporting the Jena 6 would be out there demanding hate crime charges, and I sincerely doubt any of them would be demanding dropping the attempted murder charge. I also wonder how many of the Jena 6 supporters have been attacked by a gang of individuals, beaten unconscious and even after they were unconscious. People have been killed that way. I've always found a fair way to see if there is racism involved is to reverse the races of the people involved and see if you still feel the same way. It's a great way to shed light on where the real racism lies.
Don

Chicago, IL

#16 Dec 3, 2007
Few people seem to know (don't ask Jesse or Al), but lynchings in this country were more frequently done to whites than to blacks. The "noose" has been fashioned into some sort of symbol of racism, but it is not. It is an implied threat of violence - but no more than a picture of a gun or knife. It use was not limited to any race, nor was it largely one race.

Lynchings were done because people in this country - particularly in the country and in the South - did not trust the authorities to administer justice. None has been done for 60 years. They were only slightly disproportionately inflicted on one race over the other.

To call the display of a noose a hate crime is ridiculous.
kent

United States

#17 Dec 3, 2007
There will be injustices like this one until we truly have EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW (class blind, color blind, sex blind, preference blind, personality blind etc.). note: When the noose is shown in certain parts of the country, there can be little doubt of its meaning.
Conserv_man

Charlotte, NC

#19 Dec 3, 2007
Once again Blacks get away for a lesser sentence when they commit crimes against whites. All they have to do is use the "race card" as a defense. No wonder they get no respect, they fail to earn it. It is this type special treatment that make race problems worse.
Conserv_man

Charlotte, NC

#20 Dec 3, 2007
justice in america wrote:
I still feel that the charges he obliged to were not accurate. The charges were still to high. Where is the justice? Only one sided? Whites feel like they have accomplished somehting once again due to "their kind" walking away once again scott free..... A charge such as harassment as well as a hate crime charge should have been pressed. They provoked the situation from the beginning. A noose is never a prank nor should it ever be considered as one. And I wish people would stop saying that the fight was a 6 to 1 ratio. Friends of Barker both stated that they jumped in on the fight to Barker's rescue, so there was never a 6 to 1. It was a 1 to 1 with Mykal hitting Barker first then escalating with both sides interferring with the fight. Fights happen all the time, that is high school. Nothing was trully justified with this charge on one side of the situation.......
The kid beaten did not have anything to do with the noose incident. The beating occured 6 months later. The problem is blacks believe they can use terrorism on anyone they want and they can use race as a defense. Bullshit! Just look at the stats and anyone can see who commits the most violent crime in this country and that is: blacks and Hispanics. They earn there reputation and are more racist than whites!
Conserv_man

Charlotte, NC

#21 Dec 3, 2007
Blacks are the same all over. They gang up on whites and blacks alike. Just look at the violent crimes commited in your area and I'll bet 96 % are comming from blacks and Hispanics.
Average Chicagoan

United States

#22 Dec 3, 2007
Apparently, jumping that kid and beating him is OK with African-Americans.

This offender had two previous assualt convictions in the past two years. This arrest should have given him a wake-up call; otherwise, the next time he might kill someone.

Instead, this kid, and countless other African-American kids, have been taught by the poverty pimps that this beating of the white kid was justified.

Well, guess what? You haters of white people have helped make a lot of whites aware of your true sentiments. Thanks for the heads-up!
tiara

United States

#23 Dec 3, 2007
why do most black people try to beat up most of white the people for no reason at all if they r tryin to protcet them selfs from not getting hurt ( but not with a weapon.)
Corey

Eden Prairie, MN

#26 Dec 3, 2007
Wrong it was 6 black kids waiting for the first white kid to walk out the door. The boy attacked had nothing to do with the noose incident. read a book you moron.
justice in america wrote:
I still feel that the charges he obliged to were not accurate. The charges were still to high. Where is the justice? Only one sided? Whites feel like they have accomplished somehting once again due to "their kind" walking away once again scott free..... A charge such as harassment as well as a hate crime charge should have been pressed. They provoked the situation from the beginning. A noose is never a prank nor should it ever be considered as one. And I wish people would stop saying that the fight was a 6 to 1 ratio. Friends of Barker both stated that they jumped in on the fight to Barker's rescue, so there was never a 6 to 1. It was a 1 to 1 with Mykal hitting Barker first then escalating with both sides interferring with the fight. Fights happen all the time, that is high school. Nothing was trully justified with this charge on one side of the situation.......
Stop Tripping

United States

#27 Dec 3, 2007
Being from Chicago, you really need to watch what you say, cuz you never know when you might need a brother's help.

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