This is a bit of good news, on the justice front, where there's been precious little lately. Via Yahoo News/AP(Emphases supplied. Ed.):
By MARY FOSTER, Associated Press Writer
NEW ORLEANS - The judge overseeing the criminal cases for the remaining Jena Six defendants was removed against his will Friday for making
questionable("amazingly fucking prejudicial", Ed.) remarks about the teenagers.
Judge J.P. Mauffray Jr., ("a fucking cracker asshole from the deep piney woods," Ed.) had acknowledged calling the teens "trouble makers" and "a violent bunch" (publically, and privately, "a gang of vicious jungle-bunnies," Ed.) but insisted he could be impartial. Defense attorneys disagreed and asked that ("that fascist, cracker moron," Ed.) Mauffray be removed.
Judge Thomas M. Yeager, who was appointed by the state Supreme Court to decide whether ("that fascist asshole," Ed.) Mauffray should be taken off the case, found there was an appearance of impropriety ("And because he's a vicious, racist dickhead," Ed.)
"The right to a fair and impartial judge is of particular importance in the present cases," Yeager wrote. ("This racist cracker can't even spell 'impartial," Ed.)
Six black teens were arrested and initially charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with a December 4, 2006, attack on fellow Jena High School student Justin Barker, who is white ("and was one of the white cracker/dickheads who prompted the initial racial incidents." Ed.) The charges were later reduced ("to watch your fucking mouth, honkie fuck!" Ed.)
Jesse Ray Beard, Robert Bailey Jr., Carwin Jones, Bryant Purvis and Theo Shaw now face aggravated second-degree battery charges. Beard is charged as a juvenile.
Mychal Bell is the only member of the group that has been ("rail-roaded," Ed). He was originally charged as an adult with attempted murder ("for allegedly hitting the white punk with a tennis shoe." Ed). The charge was reduced before a ("All-white", Ed.) jury convicted him last June of aggravated second-degree battery.
In September, an appeals court overturned the verdict and ordered Bell tried as a juvenile. He pleaded guilty to a juvenile charge of second-degree battery. He now lives in Monroe, La., with a foster family and is attending school.
Bell's attorney Louis Scott said he would also ask to have ("that fascist asshole," Ed.) Mauffray removed from Bell's case. Although Bell's plea will remain unchanged, Scott said he did not want ("that fascist asshole," Ed.)Mauffray to oversee the teen's probation. ("I wouldn't trust the possum-brained, redneck motherfucker than I could throw him.") Ed.)
The case aggravated racial tensions in the tiny, central Louisiana town, and led to a massive civil rights demonstration last September.
Mauffray was out of town ("at a Klan meeting," Ed., court officials said, and would not comment on the ruling.
("Another local, cracker dickhead," Ed.) District Attorney Reed Walters said he may appeal the decision. ("Walters allegedly told the defendants that if they didn't plead, he'd fuck 'em up," Ed.)
"Whatever ultimately happens concerning the judge, this does not mean these cases go away," he said. "It will just take longer to get them to trial. However, I may seek to have the decision overturned." ("I told these kneegrows I would fuck with them and now I will," he said... Ed.)
An attorney for Beard said he hoped it the Louisiana Supreme Court would quickly appoint a new judge to hear the remaining cases.
"Everyone is entitled to a fair judge, not the judge they want," attorney David Utter said. "It mystifies me why the district attorney would fight this." ("Unless he's a cracker dickhead?" Ed.)