The judge overseeing the court proceedings of the remaining Jena 6 defendants and the one white student involved was removed from the case after making questionable remarks. Judge J.P. Mauffray Jr., against his will, was taken off the case after calling the six Black teens “troublemakers” and “a violent bunch,” reports The Associated Press. “The right to a fair and impartial judge is of particular importance in the present cases,” said Judge Thomas M. Yeager, whom the defense asked to review the case. Of the six Black teenagers involved, two still face aggravated second-degree battery charges.
Yeager ruled last week that 28th Judicial Court Judge J.P. Mauffray Jr. of LaSalle Parish would be recused from the case.
“We are very pleased that Judge Mauffray has been recused and are looking forward to getting the case back on track to resolve a number of issues that have not yet been litigated.”
On Monday, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that Yeager, of the 9th District Court in Rapides Parish, would take over as the presiding judge in the remaining five Jena Six cases. Click here for full article
To date, Mychal Bell is the only one of the Jena 6 to have been tried. His original charge of attempted murder was later reduced to aggravated second-degree battery, for which he was found guilty. The verdict was overturned by an appeals court, which ordered Bell to be tried as a juvenile.
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