Friday, June 26, 2009

Five Remaining Jena Six Thugs Get Wrist-Slapped With $500 Fines, Seven Days Probation, And Credit For Time Already Served For Attack On Justin Barker

CNN is reporting that two-and-a-half years after cowardly backjumping and brutally assaulting Justin Barker in a high school gymnasium, the books have finally closed on the Jena Six case. The remaining five of the six black high school students originally charged with attempted murder in 2006 pleaded no contest in a Louisiana court on Friday June 26th, 2009. Additional story with more detail in the Alexandria Town Talk.

The men, identified as Robert Bailey Jr., Carwin Jones, Bryant Purvis, Theo Shaw, and Jessie Ray Beard, agreed to plea no contest to misdemeanor simple battery that settled lawsuits filed against them by Justin Barker and his family the year after the December 4th, 2006, incident in the town of Jena, population 3,000. Each man, excluding Theo Shaw, was fined $500, must pay $500 in court costs and will have seven days of unsupervised probation. They also were ordered to pay restitution to Justin Barker and to have no contact with the Barker family. The $500 fine was waived for Shaw because of the almost seven months he has spent in jail. The other four individuals also spent some time in jail, so essentially they are also considered to be sentenced to time already served. Criminal charges for these five were reduced from second-degree battery, a felony that could have resulted in a sentence of $2,000 fine and/or up to five years in prison.

The court documents can be viewed HERE. The sixth defendant, Mychal Bell, pleaded guilty in December 2007 to a misdemeanor second-degree battery charge and was sentenced to 18 months in jail. A second juvenile, Malcolm Shaw, was named in the civil suit, but was not named by law enforcement as one of the attackers and thus faced no criminal charges.

As a result of the December 4th attack, Justin Barker was taken to a hospital with cuts and with injuries to his eyes and ears. His right eye had blood clots, and it was reported that the Barker family had incurred $5,467 in costs for emergency medical treatment. Parents of the Jena Six played the race card and claimed they heard Barker was hurling racial epithets, but Barker's parents insist he did nothing to provoke the beating.

In the settlement, the Barkers received an undisclosed amount of money. The family also had sought to retain the right to sue the school board and to receive a percentage of any profits the youths might receive in the next five years from book or video deals. The five defendants are barred from discussing specific financial terms of the settlement. In addition, attorneys representing the five men read a statement expressing sympathy to the Barkers and acknowledging that Justin Barker did not use a racial slur. They also apologized to the residents of Jena for the uproar caused by the case.

And "uproar" is putting it mildly. Approximately 20,000 blacks were bussed in from all over the country to rally in support of the Jena Six thugs; by some miracle, there were no chimpouts. But one other person, Jeremiah Munsen, was arrested and "zogged" for four months by the Feds for driving around with nooses dangling from the back of his pickup. And in January 2008, Richard Barrett of the Nationalist Movement held a Jena Justice Day rally in support of Justin Barker.

White nationalist reaction already appearing on Stormfront, the Vanguard News Network Forum, and Newsnet14. The consensus is if these had been white guys, they would have been buried for 5-10 years (or 87 months, a la Shaun Walker). Even though they did serve some time, these five guys were wrist-slapped, and in looking throughout the blogosphere, there are still some extremists today who consider the Jena Six "heroes".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ever notice how the Red/Jew punks like to title their defendants by the number on the dock - that and wear bandannas. And the poor White boy that displayed a noose got a Federal rap - but he chickened out - a very competent right wing attorney offered assistance but his family was too yellow to stand up.