OK, I have had some conversations/debates with some people on the blog (http://inkslwc.wordpress.com/2007/09/13/the-jena-6-yes-unfortunately-america-is-still-racist/), but the post is WAY back there (I got onto this story over a week ago).
So, here are some edits/updates from my first post.
In Louisiana law, a juvenile charged with aggravated battery may be charged as an adult only if the attack involved a firearm, but murder and attempted murder charges can be brought in adult court. This is why LaSalle Parish District Attorney Reed Walters wanted him charged with attempted murder.
Aggravated 2nd degree battery requires the use of a weapon, and they’re citing that the weapon is his shoe – I really have no response to that one other than that’s just crap.
Some people (Sharpton, Jackson) are going a little over the top on what to do to these 6 – they want them released. No – they committed a crime, they HAVE to pay the penalty – but it should be for the crime that they committed, not a crime that discriminates against blacks.