17 December 2005
The truth about King in Columbus.
Columbus Black Historian and videographer James Whitaker (OSU Black Studies '75) comments on time spent on his own volition documenting King and his clients in the mid-to-late 1990's:
Recommended reading: Doyle v. City Hall & Doyle v. Columbus School Board & 13 Oct. '05 blawg entry "Back in the Day." Also try "King is Ethical."
Recommended viewing: "Background" and "A Day in Nashua," both here.
The truth is I got reamed because I represented some unpopular clients -- the kind of people the First Amendment is supposed to protect. Regarding funding for the KKK protection, Jerry Doyle asked City Council how they would like to be called a "bunch of niggers," similar to how Mr. Rosenfeld in a Supreme Court case called council "M-Fuckers" 4 times. The city council meeting continued and finished regularly. Rosenfeld's speech was held lawful but Columbus City council barred Doyle for 11 months until I sued. You can see him in the "background" video say that "other lawyers were afraid to go against the city -- city council" for fear of having their career sidetracked, derailed.
Here is one of taxpayer and citizen Jerry L. Doyle's newsletters with the text of my Motion for Preliminary Injunction -- which of course was denied, but majestically they let that nigger speak the next time he came to the podium -- after an 11 month refusal -- so I still call it a victory. Judge Smith, former city prosecutor, held that Council could restrict Doyle from speaking about the same topics in the off-agenda session, although obviously they stopped actually doing that. That ruling should send shivers down (and up) the spine of anyone concerned about the First Amendment. See Rosenfeld v. NJ, 408 U.S. 901 (1971).
Here's another one with a bunch of cops threatening to arrest us. I might have shot that photo but can't find it. It might also be in the Columbus Dispatch. I was right next to their photographer. Who knew in 1997 that we would be able to share this with thousands.... millions of people?
Viva technology: We've got more coming.
Repeat: "penny press meets blawgosphere!"
-Your humble narrator.
PS:Doyle's testimony in the 2004 Columbus voting irregularities.