8/1/2008, 4:40 p.m. CDT
By MARY FOSTER
The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) "” The judge overseeing the criminal cases for the remaining Jena Six defendants was removed against his will Friday for making questionable remarks about the teenagers.

Judge J.P. Mauffray Jr. had acknowledged calling the teens "trouble makers" and "a violent bunch" but insisted he could be impartial. Defense attorneys disagreed and asked that he be removed.

Judge Thomas M. Yeager, who was appointed by the state Supreme Court to decide whether Mauffray should be taken off the case, found there was an appearance of impropriety.

"The right to a fair and impartial judge is of particular importance in the present cases," Yeager wrote.

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. The charges were later reduced.

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 tried. He was originally charged as an adult with attempted murder. The charge was reduced before a 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 Mauffray removed from Bell's case. Although Bell's plea will remain unchanged, Scott said he did not want Mauffray to oversee the teen's probation.

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, court officials said, and would not comment on the ruling.

District Attorney Reed Walters said he may appeal the decision.

"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."

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."
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Originally posted by nuggyt:

They are violent and trouble makers. I guess it ain't for a judge to say so, though.



what evidence do you have that they are "violent and trouble makers" beyond their participation in a school fight?
Six on one is violent. I mean when six guys beat up one to the point he is put in the hospital, that's trouble. Ain't it?? The kid who everybody was demonstrating over has a previous record of being in trouble. Pretty basic.
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Originally posted by nuggyt:
Six on one is violent. I mean when six guys beat up one to the point he is put in the hospital, that's trouble. Ain't it??


Hanging a noose is violent. I mean when you threaten to kill people (nooses are a death threat) that's trouble. Ain't it??
No, hanging a noose ain't violent. Even if it were, it does not mean that the six on one boys are not violent.
Funny how one can acknowledge a single incident as violent, yet balk on a symbol that has historical connotaions and a proven track record of violence associated with it. Some people kill me how they can jump back and forth from selective understanding when it pertains to THEM and selective stupidity when the situation is mirrored....you know like new orleans......while black folks looted, white folks collected..even though they were doing the same gotdamn thing.....and that is why some draw the angst of the world....that silly azzed notion of white supremacy has actually led some of them to believe someone actually lacks the intelligence they think they have.....because if they truly had it...they would be smart enough to know that others are much swifter than they perceive them to be....so at some point racist whites have to understand that their antebellum mindest will no longer fly....the days for stomaching their schit and just being depressed about it are long over...they will face reactions for all of their vile hatred.....
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Originally posted by nuggyt:
No, hanging a noose ain't violent. Even if it were, it does not mean that the six on one boys are not violent.



I suppose the children being threatened with a shotgun ain't violent either, cause lawd knows, only black folks in a town where black children know they can't sit under the white students tree on campus are violent. Roll Eyes td6
You going all down the street with what is violent and what is not. The fact of the matter is that those boys jump on one boy and beat him up, while they were in NO danger of harm to their person. That is violent. AND it made trouble.
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Originally posted by nuggyt:

You going all down the street with what is violent and what is not. The fact of the matter is that those boys jump on one boy and beat him up, while they were in NO danger of harm to their person. That is violent. AND it made trouble.



shux, why let a little thing like CONTEXT get in the way, right Nugg? sck
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Originally posted by nuggyt:
They are violent and trouble makers. I guess it ain't for a judge to say so, though.


A white kid hurling racial slurs at a group of black kids should expect a certain degree of violence. Seems to me he asked for and then got what he deserved.

And the 'trouble' was 'made' by the white boy spouting his insults and hanging nooses in the first place. They actually 'ended' the trouble by kicking his ass! Eek lol

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