Judge steps out of Jena hearing case

A judge has disqualified himself from hearing a request from news media to open juvenile court proceedings for a black teenager charged with beating a white classmate in Jena, La.

After the recusal of District Judge J.P. Mauffray Jr., the Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday assigned Thomas Yeager to decide whether the case against Mychal Bell should be open.

The Chicago Tribune is the lead plaintiff in the petition, joined by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Co., The Associated Press, Hearst Corp., Belo Corp., Gannett Co., CNN and ABC News.

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Items compiled from Tribune news services.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
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