Friday, August 15, 2008
Judicial Terrorism In Louisiana: Jena Six "Noose" Driver Jeremiah Munsen Sentenced To Four Months In Jail, Followed By Five Years Probation
The railroading of 19-year-old Jeremiah Munsen (pictured at left) by Federal thugs was completed on August 15th, 2008 when he was sentenced to four months in federal prison after pleading guilty in April to a misdemeanor federal hate crime charge of "interfering with the marchers' federally-protected right to travel" (here we go with that "federally-protected" bullshit again). Munsen was accused of trying to intimidate black “Jena Six” marchers in Alexandria, Lousiana in 2007 by having hangman’s nooses draped from the back of his truck. Lead story published by the Alexandria Town Talk, which has provided the most detailed coverage of this case, but also reported on CNN, TheAdvertiser.com, and on Newsnet14. Read previous posts on this case on February 8th and April 23rd.
Also discussed on the Vanguard News Network Forum and Stormfront.
The marchers were waiting in Alexandria for buses to return home after having participated in a September rally in Jena. The rally was to protest the judicial treatment of six black Jena High School students who are accused of beating up a white classmate, Justin Barker, at school. One of the six has since pleaded guilty to a juvenile charge in connection with the incident.
In addition to four years imprisonment, U.S. District Court Judge Dee Drell also sentenced Munsen to 125 hours community service, one-year supervised probation, and five years probation. Media sources do not disclose the disposition of the unnamed 16-year-old boy who was with Munsen at the time and who was arrested on charges of underage drinking and probation violation. The media also does not disclose the status of the state charges of inciting a riot, driving while intoxicated, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor preferred against Munsen after his arrest on September 20th, 2007. Officers found an unloaded rifle and a set of brass knuckles in Munsen's truck. The state chose to defer pressing its charges until after the Feds were done with Munsen.
Opinion: As of post time, 30 comments have been posted to the Town Talk story. 17 of them overtly support Munsen, with one person saying that only unsupervised probation might be justified. Most commenters questioned the double standard on race, citing Jesse and Al's behavior. Several commenters expressed the sentiment that white people need to get off their asses as a group and stand up against this type of racial terrorism against whites. One commenter even opined that targeted victimization of whites will become widespread if Barack Obama is elected president.
And one commenter reminded the public that included among the 500 new laws taking effect in Lousisiana on August 15th would be the following "noose" law:
"Trying to intimidate people with a hangman’s noose is now a crime. It is illegal for anyone to place a noose, or an image of one, on another person’s property or on public property with “the intent to intimidate.” Conviction carries a fine up to $5,000 and up to a year in prison."
One person on the Vanguard News Network Forum even suggested that Jeremiah Munsen could be considered a "free speech martyr". While I question placing Munsen on the same level as Ernst Zuendel, it's clear that the prosecution and sentencing of Jeremiah Munsen was politically motivated. Munsen's real crime - driving while white. Now we wait to see if the state of Louisiana decides to pile on Munsen by pressing their own charges.