Reed Walters, the prosecutor in the "Jena Six" cases announced that he will not challenge a Louisiana sate appeals courtís ruling that Mychal Bell, 17, could not be tried as an adult and that his second-degree battery conviction be set aside. Bell, who remains behind bars, is one of the six Jena, LA teens arrested after an attack on a white student in December.
Five of the teens initially faced attempted second-degree murder charges, but charges for four have been reduced. One teen has not been arraigned, and the case of the sixth teen, handled as a juvenile, is sealed.
Critics have accused local officials of prosecuting blacks more harshly than whites, reports the Associated Press. White students who allegedly hung nooses from a tree on the high school campus received only a few days suspension, despite accusations of a racially motivated hate crime. Their actions sparked fights between white and black students, including the attack that led to the Jena Six convictions.
The controversy has garnered national attention, drawing more than 20,000 protesters to the LA town last week. "This is the most blatant example of disparity in the justice system that we've seen," said Rev. Al Sharpton. "You can't have two standards of justice."
Media Resources: Feminist Daily Newswire 9/20/07; Associated Press 9/26/07, 9/27/07
7/29/2014 Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US - The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation (FGM) to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk, and how many have already experienced, FGM.
According to experts, FGM tends to take place during summer break when parents take their daughter outside of the country for the practice.
Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old woman who grew up in Gambia, experienced FGM there, and then child marriage in the US, started a petition that gained more than 220,000 supporters. . . .