Former New Black Panther party member Michelle Williams says that her conviction on "Grand Theft Second Degree" are politically motivated and that she is innocent of the charge for which she was sentenced to 15 years probation. Williams says she was unaware there was a problem with the title to the home when she bought from Howard Britt Weems, III of Lakeland, Florida and that she tried through an attorney to clear the matter up with the person she re-sold the property to. She further states that this is a civil matter and not a criminal one but she is being targeted because of her political and social activism. She has a petition on Change.org.
Former Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley's manslaughter trial started today and the prosecutor said Weekley made key errors when entering the home where 7 yr-old Aiyana Jones-Stanley was sleeping before being killed by the the officer. Defense attorney Steve Fishman is seeking to blame the child's grandmother for reaching for the cop's weapon like that would cause it to discharge.
A group calling itself "The Black American Leadership Alliance" has issued an open letter calling upon the Senate Gang of Eight and Senate Members from states with the highest rates of black unemployment "to recognize the devastating effects amnesty and mass immigration has on low skilled workers, particularly those in the black community. Secondly, we implore each Member to fulfill his or her duty to the millions of Americans struggling to find work by opposing amnesty and supporting policies to reduce overall levels of legal and illegal immigration."