Lawmakers Seek Action in Jena 6 Case

The racial incident in Jena, Louisiana has caught the attention of lawmakers in Washington.

The House Judiciary Committee is hearing about the case of six black teenagers accused of beating a white student.

Some believe a repercussion of the Jena Six Rally has been the recent uses of nooses against African-Americans.

Recently, a noose was found outside the office of an African-American professor at Columbia University.

Another was at a police locker room in New Jersey, and just last week at a Home Depot construction site in Chicago.

"When hanging nooses, where was the federal government?" asked Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee (D-Texas).

The House Judiciary Committee is considering whether Congress should strengthen federal hate crimes laws to insure more aggressive prosecutions of noose-hanging incidents. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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