James Willingham: A man who never said “No”

“James worked at Chrysler for over 20 years painting cars,” said Tamika Carter, Willingham’s fiancée and mother of three of his children, ages 15, 7 and 2.

“When his brother died in 2003, he got so depressed he went on medical and never went back. Instead, he became a stay at home dad, so that I could go to school and work. He took his skills from the plant and worked on cars for friends. He replaced a whole engine for one of our neighbors, and only charged her $100. He went to help a co-worker of mine at 1:30 a.m. when her car broke down, and replaced a starter belt for only $30.”

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Diane Bukowski Describes Her Arrest

I arrived two and one-half hours after the chase and showed my press ID to three troopers. A bystander said there was a body under two yellow tarps, and I saw a crushed motorcycle farther down. I stepped forward a few feet to take a photo of the tarps and cycle. I crossed no yellow caution tape and was 70 feet from the remains. Read more »

Trial precluded testimony relating to First Amendment

“The case at bar raises important issues, including whether the First Amendment rights to freedom of the press are being abridged by a prosecution that is pursued for retaliatory or other improper purpose,” said ACLU attorney Mark Fancher in a brief supporting a pre-trial motion to dismiss charges. Read more »

Editorials About the Arrest and Conviction

“A Woman Against the System,” by Gary Younge, The Nation, Jan. 5, 2009
“And so it was that as the polls were closing in Michigan and the nation began to bask in the warm glow of a postracial society, a white woman was cuffed and fingerprinted because she tried to tell the world about two black men who had just been killed.

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