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Jena 6 Update: Press Wants Transcripts

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The Jena 6 saga continues. Some lawyers representing the Associated Press and other news organizations have appealed a ruling that reversed an earlier decision to allow public access to transcripts of all hearings in the case of a Jena, Louisiana, teen , according to the Associated Press. The appellate court ruled that because Mychal Bell's case was in juvenile court, all records are private—even those of hearings that should have been open to the public. Bell was convicted in 2007 as an adult on a second-degree battery charge in the widely publicized December 2006 attack on another student at Jena High, but the 3rd Circuit overturned that verdict, saying he should have been tried as a juvenile.—BB

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