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'Jena Six' Teen Gets Second Chance, a New Start With SPLC Board Member

When SPLC board member Alan Howard represented one of the teens known as the Jena Six in a civil lawsuit, the lawyer ended up providing more than legal help to one of the young men embroiled in the case that raised questions about race and justice in America.
He gave him a second chance at a successful life.

Howard represented Jesse Ray "Jody" Beard in a civil suit stemming from the Jena Six criminal case. But he also became his legal guardian in a remarkable effort to give the teen a fresh start away from his small hometown of Jena, La.

"It was one thing to save him from this immediate predicament and it's another to give him the opportunities outside of Jena," Howard said. "He's just a tremendous, tremendous kid. And he's on his way."

Howard has enrolled Beard in a prestigious boarding school in Connecticut, provided him with an internship at a prominent law firm and taken

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Added: Nov-4-2009 
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  • Nice to see a piece of crap being rewarded for assault.

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  • 'pukes'

    what about us low profile, law abiding citizens?

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  • Liberal drivel.

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  • why didnt he do all this for the innocent kid that was beaten instead? it just doesnt make liberals feel good to help a white kid...they couldnt care less

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  • So wait... you beat up a kid in some racially motivated fight... not to mention gang him.... and you get put into a high end school and an internship with a prestige law firm?

    Seriously, who do I have to beat up to get this?

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  • What opportunities were handed to the kid who was savagely beaten by Jesse Ray "Jody" Beard and his group of likewise thugs?

    This teaches kids to rationalize and profit from committing acts of violence when they don't approve of what someone said.

    That's exactly what happened here:

    A boy was beaten to all hell by Jesse Ray "Jody" Beard and his gang because of an inappropriate comment.

    Jesse Ray "Jody" Beard and his gang got in a little too much trouble for thei More..

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  • "Ultimately, the judge was removed from the case, and Beard was allowed to leave Jena."

    - An example of American Justice.

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  • Now hoity-toity Connecticut can experience some glorious diversity first hand!

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  • Hope it works.

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