By now you know that the Third Circuit Court for the state of Louisiana sent Mychal Bell’s case to juvenile court, where it should have been in the first place. Read the ruling by clicking on the link above.
As of this writing Bell, one of the Jena Six, still sits in the LaSalle Parish prison with adults. It’s my understanding that District Attorney Reed Walters has 14 days to decide what he wants to do with his case.
Nevertheless, it’s good to know that the Third Circuit did the right thing to overturn Bell’s conviction. The ruling, according to Baton Rouge attorney Michael Nunnery, who is handling the case for “Jena Six” teen Carwin Jones, is “sanity speaking to insanity.”
“I think this is a plus for all of the boys. This is a victory for all of the boys not just Mychal Bell. Basically, we think this case at best . . . should have been a simple battery charge in the first place,” Nunnery said.
Nunnery’s client, Carwin Jones, is the only one the six who has not been arraigned and whose charge still is aggravated second battery. Nunnery said Jones has a motion hearing on Nov. 7, with a Jan. 28 trial date.
“We believe there is evidence that they can’t prove that Jones committed any kind of offense,” the attorney said.
Meanwhile, Nunnery, a native of Hammond, La., said the entire saga is “outrageous.”
“We dealt with this in the mid-60s and 70s,” he said.