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He read a statement to begin his press conference, saying this trial has nothing to do with race. And immediately, I mean, you could hear like gasps in the back of the crowd. He was obviously flustered by the questions that were asked, or he was unprepared for them. And at the end, as someone asked him, “Why are you trying to destroy these boys’ lives with a stroke of your pen?” he picked up his folder and scattered microphones across the ground and said, “It’s obvious that this press conference is out of control.” And he turned around and ran back inside the courthouse.
Also significant is that he came out with [Justin] Barker, the alleged victim, and flanked by the sheriff and police officers, who are supposed to obviously be impartial in the trying of this case. But the sheriff came out with the prosecutor and the alleged victim to his press conference. And, you know, obviously, the sheriff wasn’t out there standing with the father of the real victim, I would say, of this case, Mychal Bell and the other five students who are now facing, you know, eighty years in prison.
Thousands are converging on Jena and I think it is brilliant, Jena needs to be invaded and told it can no longer live its bigoted ol’ ways. As I wrote before about bullies-
When I was 11 my mother got a phone call from another mother she knew, the call was to say that her son who was in my class was being bullied and could she ask me to maybe hang out with him a bit and just see that nothing bad happened to him. Fine, happy to do it, the kid’s mother phoned as many of the mothers of boys in my class as she could. The next day out of a class of 30, about 20 boys were going around with the bullies target, we hung out with him and just mooched around, the bullies (3 of them) very quickly checked the odds, them vs. basically the whole rest of the class. Bullying over, not just because of the numbers but because it was out and public and bullies always look pathetic in the cold light of day.