The Case of Louisiana's 'Jena Six'
December 5, 2007 Mychal Bell, one of the "Jena Six," has accepted a plea bargain as one of six black teenage boys accused of beating a white classmate after a series of racially motivated incidents in Louisiana. Chicago Tribune reporter Howard Witt and Louis Scott, attorney for Bell, explain details of the plea.
October 16, 2007 Lawyers and legal advisers defending the African-American men known as the "Jena 6" testified before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning. The team was asked about the legal and social circumstances surrounding the allegedly racially motivated attacks in the central Louisiana town.
September 24, 2007 The "Jena Six" are still in the national spotlight, but it took several months for the racially charged story to get picked up by the mainstream media. The story simmered on blogs and social networking sites for months, gradually building an online life of its own.
September 21, 2007 Before it emerged in the mainstream media, the case of the Jena Six simmered for months in the African-American blogosphere. Protests were organized, petitions were launched and thousands of dollars were raised online.
September 20, 2007 Demonstrators gather in Jena, La., for rallies and marches in support of six teenagers charged in the beating of a white classmate. The crowd chanted "free the Jena six," as the Rev. Al Sharpton arrived at the courthouse with family members of the teens.
September 17, 2007 Mychal Bell, one of six black teens arrested for allegedly attacking a white classmate in Jena, La., has had both of his convictions in the case thrown out. A Louisiana judge ruled that Bell, a minor at the time of the crime, should not have been tried as an adult.
September 7, 2007 The town of Jena, La., copes with a case of racially motivated violence, even as court proceedings against those involved move ahead. The case centers on a tree at a high school that was a meeting place for white students. It exposes racial tensions in a small town.