Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Jena 6 update

**see update from Wednesday 9/19 here **

How do you run a court like this?

There was a bail hearing scheduled for Mychal Bell with the intent to free him or significantly reduce his bail. Even though charges against him were thrown out Friday, he is still in jail because the judge and prosecutor didn't come to a bail hearing yesterday (Monday), his lawyer said. (Link to story here)

"We showed up. There was nobody there," said Bob Noel, lawyer for 17-year-old Mychal Bell of Jena, La. "No DA, no judge."

A woman who answered the phone at District Attorney Reed Walters' office said he had no bail procedure on his calendar.

If I just plain didn't show up for scheduled meetings, I wouldn't have a job very long. Tell me how this works. Really.

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Keep your eye on the news because there is a rally planned for September 20--that's this Thursday--and organizers have no idea how big it can get. Estimates on attendance range from 4,000 to 40,000 supporters. Wish I had me a ticket to Louisiana...

1 comment:

Miss Paula said...

I have been there twice since Katrina and what I hear and see is that the government there is pretty crooked.

That is just a shame this official's didn't show up. Talk about freedom to a fair trial.