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)
More on today's hearing here.

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    no link to pam? (none / 0) (#1)
    by chicago dyke on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 07:30:54 PM EST

    i wuz just coming by to say "good job" on picking this one up. thanks!

    You're Welcome (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 07:34:10 PM EST
    yesterday's post is here.

    Aren't you and your readers a little late (none / 0) (#3)
    by chew2 on Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 11:35:48 PM EST
    to this story.

    It was reported on NPR months ago, and sounded outrageous then.  Go listen to the story it documents the apparent racial attitudes on the part of the sheriff and DA.

    Race and class?  Black on white.  Some poor black kids railroaded, little attention until 30,000 folks march.

    White on black. Some rich white preppies and the whole world is outraged.

    The media is providing too many (none / 0) (#4)
    by ding7777 on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 09:06:48 AM EST
    incorrect facts (see Jason Whitlock's Commentary)

    Unfortunately, the only way to get the Jena DA to reduce his excessive charges was for the media to push the inaccurate story lines.

    from mr. whitlock's (none / 0) (#5)
    by cpinva on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 03:35:44 AM EST
    commentary, the media is guilty of the sin of ommission, not commission. they aren't providing "incorrect facts", they've failed to provide all the facts. there is a difference.

    of course, why would this come as a surprise to anyone in this country, they've been doing it since the first clinton administration. the mass media has become nothing more than a wing of the republican party.

    that said, mr. whitlock also noted that the 6 individuals in question were, without a doubt, guilty of the premeditated beating of someone, so it's not as though they are all little angels, being unfairly prosecuted.