September 5, 2007
Jena, La--On yesterday, September 4, Mychal Bell had a motion hearing wherein his attorneys were demanding that all charges be dropped against Mr. Bell. The white Judge J.P. Mauffray dropped the conspiracy charges against him but the attempted aggravated battery charges remain and he now faces 15yrs in prison instead of 22 years. However his team of skilled lawyers filed two motions in the Federal Appeals Court on yesterday. The motions are 1)new trial and 2)delay sentencing.
Marcus Jones, Mychal's father, said "My son is feeling a little better after what happened yesterday but he still knows he's not out of the woods yet. I appreciate the Final Call, the Nation of Islam and the Millions More Movement for everything you all been doing."
Two more of the Jena 6 have now been arraigned and their trials will begin soon
Since being on the cover of the Final Call Newspaper, the Jena 6 case has been seen and heard nationally on The Ronald Martin Show, The Stevie Wonder Radio Show, CNN, Anderson Cooper360, Fox News, Harlem 411 Radio, Into the Black, Philly MMM Radio show, NBC Nightly News, Lou Dobbs, NNPA, The Urban Journal, Michael Baisden Show, Rev. Jesse Jackson Show,and a host of international newswires.
A huge rally is taking place on September 20 in Jena, Louisiana, which is Mychal Bell's scheduled sentencing date. If you are planning to attend email your contact info to: email@example.com
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(Jesse Muhammad is a Staff Writer for the Final Call Newspaper and is based in Houston, Texas)