Nationalist Movement attorney to argue suit against Town of Jena - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Nationalist Movement attorney to argue suit against Town of Jena

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A federal judge has assigned an attorney for the Nationalist Movement, a self-described "pro-majority" group from Mississippi, as the lead counsel in their lawsuit contending that the central Louisiana town of Jena is violating their constitutional rights.

Richard Barrett, of Learned, Mississippi, said U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell issued the order late yesterday. 

The Nationalist Movement has planned a "Jena Justice Day" rally to be held January 21st in Jena on Martin Luther King Junior Day. The planned march is in response to the thousands who rallied on September 20th in Jena in support of six black teens who have become known as the "Jena Six."

The Jena High students were initially charged with attempted murder in connection with a December 4th, 2006, attack on white student Justin Barker. All charges have since been reduced to aggravated second-degree battery or second-degree battery.

Barrett's suit claims that asking participants not to bring firearms, changing the parade route by one block, requiring the posting of a bond and agreeing to a hold-harmless clause are "violative of due process under the 14th Amendment."

The Nationalists say Jena's rules governing public demonstrations are invalid and unconstitutionally over-broad.

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