Clinton Praises Jena 6 Reversal

ABC News' Eloise Harper Reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton D-N.Y, speaking in Charleston, South Carolina at the NAACP Freedom Fund Benefit, praised the recent decision regarding the case of Louisiana's Jena 6. The decision made Friday by Louisiana’s Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the aggravated second-degree battery conviction of Mychal Bell and ruled that the youth had been tried improperly as an adult.

The case, involving six African-American teenagers from Jena, LA were charged first with attempted murder, then battery, after their actions in a school fight had left a white student in the emergency room for three hours with no permanent injuries. 

"This case reminds us that the scales of justice are seriously out of balance when it comes to charging, sentencing, and punishing African-Americans" Clinton stated "it cries out for a full investigation from the Department of Justices’ Civil Rights division."

Clinton cited Hurricane Katrina as an example of how Americans feel "invisible" under this administration. While speaking to a predominately African-American audience about the hurricane, she said "you are invisible to this president even when you are on CNN."

Clinton also laid out elements of her civil rights plan. One new element of the plan is to help local school districts pursue voluntary integration and reduce racial inequality despite facing this "reactionary" Supreme Court. Other proposals include letting ex-felons have the right to vote after leaving prison and making Election Day a national holiday.

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