Mychal Bell Sentenced to 18 Months in Juvy Facility

12 10 2007

Instead of recieving a routine juvenille court hearing that Mychal Bell and his attorney’s were expecting, state District Judge J.P. Mauffrey Jr. sentenced Mychal Bell, one of the accused Jena Six teens, to a juvenille facility yesterday for 18 months due to four prior juvenille offenses including, two counts of two counts of simple battery and two counts of criminal destruction of property.  The sentencing comes after Bell was freed a couple of weeks ago following the overturning of his adult conviction by the state appeals court.

Bell’s attorneys said they will appeal the decision.

A closer examination of Judge Mauffrey Jr.’s history makes this recent decision less surprising.  Keep in mind, this is the same judge who did set Bell’s bail initially at an unreasonably high $90,000 before reducing it to $45,000 in a separate hearing before a different judge after Bell’s lawyers complaining about Judge Mauffrey.  Plus, the ruling came down when most of the activist were out of town and the glare of the national spotlight died down.

So, while ostensibly, this ruling has little to do with Bell being accused of attacking  Justin Barker, the white youth who was beaten unconscious, it does suggest something else is at work here than merely reexamining Bell’s record.

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