No Bail Set for Jena Six Defendant
Jena Six defendant Mychal Bell was not released on bail today.
The hearing was not open to the public. Yesterday, a Louisiana appeals court ordered that a hearing occur within 72 hours to determine if Bell could be released. The hearing was held today.
I'm wondering whether a probation revocation proceeding is pending that's preventing his release. According to this source, he was put on probation for a Dec. 2005 battery and it's not up until Jan. 2008. Any one of his subsequent convictions for either the July, 2006 or September, 2006 offenses could trigger a probation revocation proceeding.
I'm not familiar with the juvenile statutes in Louisiana, but I wouldn't be surprised if there's no bail on a first appearance on a probation violation, pending a probable cause hearing. Here's Bell's criminal record (same link):
- a battery Christmas Day 2005, for which he was put on probation until Jan. 18, 2008
- criminal damage to property that occurred on July 25, 2006.
- a battery Sept. 2 and criminal damage to property Sept. 3 (probably 2006)
|< Phil Spector : The Judge's Unorthodox Instructions | Fed. Prosecutor Busted in Sex Sting Attempts Suicide >|