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‘Jena 6’ Get Wrist Slaps For Hate Crime

From a relieved Associated Press:

‘Jena 6’ beating case wraps up with plea deal

By Mary Foster, Associated Press Writer

JENA, La. – Five members of the Jena Six pleaded no contest Friday to misdemeanor simple battery and won’t serve jail time, ending a case that thrust a small Louisiana town into the national spotlight and sparked a massive civil rights demonstration.

The five, standing quietly surrounded by their lawyers, were sentenced to seven days unsupervised probation and fined $500

As part of the deal, one of the attorneys read a statement from the five defendants — all of whom are black — in which they said they knew of nothing Barker had done to provoke the attack.

"To be clear, not one of us heard Justin use any slur or say anything that justified Mychal Bell attacking Justin nor did any of us see Justin do anything that would cause Mychal to react," the statement said.

The statement also expressed sympathy for Barker and his family, and acknowledged the past 2 1/2 years had "caused Justin and his parents tremendous pain and suffering, much of which has gone unrecognized."

None of the defendants spoke to reporters.

By pleading no contest, the five do not admit guilt but acknowledge prosecutors had enough evidence for a conviction.

Charges against Carwin Jones, Jesse Ray Beard, Robert Bailey Jr., Bryant Purvis and Theo Shaw had previously been reduced from attempted murder to aggravated second-degree battery. All but Shaw were assessed $500 in court costs. The judge did not tack that punishment on to Shaw’s case because he stayed in jail for almost seven months, unable to raise bail, following his initial arrest.

Each paid the fine and court costs immediately. The payment of restitution to Barker was also part of the deal, but the amount was not released…

Obviously not all hate crimes are created equal.

If there is a white victim, then it’s probably not a hate crime after all.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 26th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “‘Jena 6’ Get Wrist Slaps For Hate Crime”

  1. canary says:

    were sentenced to seven days unsupervised probation

    I wonder if they can be good boys for 7 whole days.

  2. Georgfelis says:

    The true test will be in the Civil Suit which needs to follow this, so when the thugs get their TV appearances/book offers/interviews, they don’t see a dime of that money.

  3. VMAN says:

    A hate crime pure and simple but say anything about it and you become the racist. Unbelievable!

  4. woodmanthered says:

    Now do any of you understand why there are so many whites who are angry and clinging to their guns. We have turned the other cheek now for thirty years. Just to get slapped again, how many more times must we accept this from our courts and goverment. None of us are responsible for slavery, hangings and holding the blacks down. We have made a great effort by holding our tongues so that reverse discrimanation has been forced upon us. If the people of this country who really want to live together as one people (Americans). You need to stand together and call this what it really is. The liberals are doing everything they can to get the hot heads started and the name calling going. The riots started the bloodshed going, then turn around and blame us for standing up for our rights. This is just the kind of news certain groups have been waiting for and it is getting harder and harder to blame them.

    • Confucius says:

      “We have turned the other cheek now . . . . We have made a great effort by holding our tongues . . . .”

      Well said. It sums up 1/2 of the problem.

  5. neocon mom says:

    And where is Al? Oh, that’s right, he was a good friend of Michael’s.
    Lucky coincidence for the 6 that this happened when one of those excessive media blitzes occurred. Then when Sharpton does get around to commenting, he’ll paint a picture all his own.
    Just like with Mumia and Tookie and Tawanna.

  6. privateeye says:

    So…when the white race has gotten tired of the high black on white crime rate…we can beat a thug and get a slap on the wrist? AND…not hear a word about it being a hate crime from Rev. Al.

  7. privateeye says:

    So…when the white race has gotten tired of the high black on white crime rate…we can hurt a thug and get a slap on the wrist? AND…not hear a word about it being a hate crime from Rev. Al.

  8. privateeye says:

    So…when the white race has gotten tired of the high black on white crime rate…we can hit a thug and get a slap on the wrist? AND…not hear a word about it being a hate crime from Rev. Al.


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