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Prosecuting the Jena Six

Alfieri, Anthony V
June 4, 2015

Source: (2008) Cornell Law Review. 93: 1285-1310.

This Essay is divided into four parts. Part I describes the legal and political history of the Jena Six. Part II considers
the prosecution of the Jena Six under District Attorney Walters’s colorblind conception of prosecutorial discretion. Part
III analyzes the same prosecution under Luban’s dignitary conception. Part IV revisits that prosecution in light of a
race-conscious outsider conception favoring dignity-restoring relations over identity-degrading and
community-disempowering relations. (excerpt)


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