Monday, November 12, 2007

Act Now!

The Jena 6 need more money for bling their defense!

Don't be distracted by the videos, and the accusations that fund donated for defense attorneys is being used for bling, cars, and travel expenses. From the Chicago Tribune:

Michael Baisden, a nationally syndicated black radio host who is leading a major fundraising drive on behalf of the Jena 6, has declined to reveal how much he has collected. Attorneys for the first defendant to go to trial, Mychal Bell, say they have yet to receive any money from him.

I'm sure a check got lost in the mail or something.

Meanwhile, photos and videos are circulating across the Internet that raise questions about how the donated money is being spent. One photo shows Robert Bailey, one of the Jena 6 defendants, smiling and posing with $100 bills stuffed in his mouth. Another shows defendants Carwin Jones and Bryant Purvis modeling like rap stars at the Black Entertainment Television Hip-Hop music awards last month in Atlanta.

The teenagers' parents have strongly denied that they have misused any of the donated money. Bailey's mother, for example, insisted that the $100 bills shown in the photograph were cash her son had earned as a park maintenance worker.

"Misused" is such an ugly word. And so ... lacking in specific meaning. You say potay-to, I say pota-to.

Honestly, I don't know what all the gripping is about. If the boys needed some ca$h to buy some bling, clothes, and cars- it's only to be expected. You can't expect them to walk the red carpet looking like regular folk.

h/t: Six Meat Buffet