LAWFUEL – Legal Newswire – Rock star David Bowie has donated $10,000 to a legal defence fund for six black teenagers charged with an alleged attack on a white classmate in the Louisiana town of Jena, in the Deep South of the United States.
The rock star’s donation to the Jena Six Legal Defence Fund was announced by the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People as thousands of protesters were expected to march through Jena today in support of Mychal Bell and five other teenagers.
“There is clearly a separate and unequal judicial process going on in the town of Jena,” Bowie said. “A donation to the Jena Six Legal Defence Fund is my small gesture indicating my belief that a wrongful charge and sentence should be prevented.”
Bell was found guilty of second-degree battery charges on 28 June by a six-member, all-white jury. Before the case was overturned by the state’s court of appeal, his sentencing had been set for today.