And in Louisiana, five of the six African American teenagers known as the “Jena Six” are reportedly close to reaching a plea deal. The teens have been at the center of one of the nation’s most well-known civil right cases in recent years. They were initially charged with attempted murder over a schoolyard fight that left a white student injured. The fight occurred several months after white students hung nooses from a tree under which black students had sat. According to the Associated Press, the five defendants will plead guilty to lesser charges on Friday. A sixth defendant, Mychal Bell, reached a plea deal in 2007 and received an eighteen-month sentence.
Report: “Jena 6” Teens Reach Plea Deal
HeadlineJun 25, 2009