Monday, September 17, 2007

100% Weak and Wicked

First off I want to offer a disclaimer. I am not blaming the victim. What happened to Megan Willams is a tragedy. It is something that shouldn't be inflicted on any human being. Above you will find a picture of her mother and her. Normally the victim of such a crime wouldn't be published yet they gave their blessings so that the crime could be focused on. What I am about to say though is why I wrote the disclaimer. Men and women as a whole need to be more aware of who they are getting into relationships with.

See, it has come out that she was in a relationship with one of those weak and wicked men. In general, what about a person who could do what they did to her could be so attractive. And no, I don't buy that he was hiding 'everything' before it really went down. How many original people do I know who are in relationships with white people yet make excuses for the white person calling original people outside of their name (nigger NOT nigga, spic, coon, etc). Within the last month I have heard the excuses several times. And when this person turns on them they act “surprised.” I'm like...what the L do you think they REALLY think about YOU.

What I do hope is that many can learn from the Hell that she went through. Make the INTELLIGENT observation. The Original People have a history and they have a history. YOU do the knowledge as to where this history overlaps and what happened when it did overlap.

This is just the latest update about Megan Williams. Also following it is an update on one of the Jena 6.

No hate charges in W. Va. torture case
The Associated Press

BIG CREEK, W.Va. - Authorities decided Wednesday not to pursue hate crime charges in the kidnapping and week long torture of Megan Williams, 20, instead going after the suspects, who are white, on charges that carry stiffer penalties.
State hate crime charges, which carry a sentence of 10 years, could come later, prosecutor Brian Abraham said. State sexual assault charges carry a penalty of up to 35 years in prison.
The Associated Press generally does not identify suspected victims of sexual assault, but Williams and her mother, Carmen Williams, agreed to release her name.
Williams had a previous relationship with Bobby Brewster, one of the six in custody, Abraham said.
The suspects have arrest records going back several years, according to records from Logan County Magistrate Court, and Abraham said he was familiar with all six. Since 1991, police have filed 108 criminal charges against the six.
Carmen Williams said she wanted people to know what her daughter endured.
At one point, a suspect cut the woman's ankle with a knife and used the N-word in telling her she was victimized because she is black, criminal complaints said.

Court overturns conviction in Jena beating
Judges rule teen should not have been tried as adult in racially tinged case

Updated: 11:58 a.m. ET Sept 15, 2007
JENA, La. - A state appeals court Friday tossed out the aggravated battery conviction that could have sent a black teenager to prison for 15 years in last year's beating of a white classmate in the racially tense Louisiana town of Jena.

Mychal Bell, who was 16 at the time of the December beating, should not have been tried as an adult on the battery charge, the state Third Circuit Court of Appeal in Lake Charles ruled.

Bell is one of six black Jena High School students charged in an attack on fellow student Justin Barker, and one of five originally charged as adults with attempted second-degree murder.

The charges brought widespread criticism that blacks were being treated more harshly than whites after racial confrontations and fights at their school.

Attorney Louis Scott of Monroe said he didn't know whether Bell, whose bond was set at $90,000, would get out of jail immediately.

"It means that at the present time all charges are dismissed," Scott said. "But we don't know what approach the prosecution is going to take — whether they will re-charge him, where he would have to be subjected to bail all over again or not.

"We're working on that right now," he said.

Rally for 'Jena Six' planned
Bell was to be sentenced Thursday in a case that has brought international attention to Jena. Civil rights leaders, including the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, have been planning a rally in support of the teens that day.

"Although there will not be a court hearing, we still intend to have a major rally for the Jena Six and now hopefully Mychal Bell will join us," Sharpton said in an e-mailed statement.

"Mychal Bell's parents will still join me in Chicago tomorrow and we will still continue mobilization on this miscarriage of justice."

Jackson said, "The pressure must continue until all six boys are set free and sent to school, not to jail."

Racial tensions flared after nooses
Jena is a mostly white town where racial animosity flared about a year ago when a black student sat under a tree that was a traditional gathering place for whites.

A day later, three nooses were found hanging from the tree, evoking for some the image of lynchings in the old South. There followed reports of racial fights and confrontations at the school, culminating in the December attack on Barker.

The reversal of Bell's conviction will not affect four other teenagers also charged as adults, because they were 17 years old at the time of the fight and, legally, no longer juveniles in Louisiana, said attorney George Tucker of Hammond.

Bell was 16 at the time of the fight, making him a juvenile under Louisiana law.

Tucker, who represented one of teens — Theo Shaw — until Friday, said the boy whose case is in juvenile court will benefit, and Bell will be tried by a judge in juvenile court.

Judge J.P. Mauffray Jr., who heard Bell's case, noted that the district attorney also could appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

District Attorney Reed Walters did not return a call asking his next step.

Details of ruling
Mauffray had thrown out a conspiracy conviction on which Bell was convicted, saying it was not a charge on which a juvenile may be tried as an adult. But he had let the battery conviction stand, saying Bell could be tried in adult court because the charge was among lesser charges included in the original attempted murder charge against him.

He was wrong, the Third Circuit ruled.

While teenagers can be tried as adults in Louisiana for some violent crimes, including attempted murder, aggravated battery is not one of those crimes. Defense lawyers had argued that the aggravated battery case should not have been tried in adult court once the attempted murder charge was reduced.

"The defendant was not tried on an offense which could have subjected him to the jurisdiction of the criminal court," the three-paragraph ruling said.

The case "remains exclusively in juvenile court," the Third Circuit ruled.

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