Mychal Bell Freed on $45k Bail

28 09 2007

The Associated Press has reported Mychal Bell was released on $45,000 bail only a day after District Attorney Reed Walters relented in appealing the court’s decision to have Bell’s case tried in juvenile court instead of adult court. Interestingly enough, the bail was reduced from its initial from $90,000 to $45,000.

In his op-ed in the New York Times Reed Walters explained

Only the intervention of an uninvolved student protected Mr. Barker from severe injury or death. There was serious bodily harm inflicted with a dangerous weapon — the definition of aggravated second-degree battery. Mr. Bell’s conviction on that charge as an adult has been overturned, but I considered adult status appropriate because of his role as the instigator of the attack, the seriousness of the charge and his prior criminal record.

But now he claims he “still believes there was legal merit to trying Bell as an adult but decided it was in the best interest of the victim, Justin Barker, and his family to let the juvenile court handle the case,” according the AP.

Walters also was quoted as saying:

”The only way — let me stress that — the only way that I believe that me or this community has been able to endure the trauma that has been thrust upon us is through the prayers of the Christian people who have sent them up in this community,” Walters said.

”I firmly believe and am confident of the fact that had it not been for the direct intervention of the Lord Jesus Christ last Thursday, a disaster would have happened. You can quote me on that.”

And we will.

At any rate, its also possible many of those very same Christians, including those in town of Jena and beyond, also prayed for the protesters and the accused teens. And maybe just maybe it was never the intent of the protesters to be violent at all.

It will be interesting to hear how the apologists out there will argue how while these comments were inappropriate they should not be construed as racist.

The saga now continues in juvenile court.

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