Break The Blackout! (Napoleon Williams)
Mon, 7 Dec 1998 11:05:06 -0600 (CST)

I'm sending you a story that appeared in the Dec.4th Decatur Herald
&Review Newspaper. If I should go to jail at least I will be able to
sleep knowing I did all I could to get the story of my family out. What is
jail anyway? Taking a person away from those who he loves and those who
loves him. My family has been in prison since this nightmare began. How
much time will we have to do, before someone will look at this and say
enough is enough. Maybe with me out of the way someone will tell the story
of Mildred Jones and her kids.   They say I have'nt been seen, well that's
because I've been to busy trying to tell people how I've been set up in
Decatur,Illinois. Why cant we get this looked into?

Napoleon Williams' girlfriend broadcasts on unlicensed station after one-day voluntary shutdown. 

Staff Writer DECATUR

-- After a one-day voluntary shutdown, Black
Liberation Radio went back on the air Wednesday, despite the fact that
founder Napoleon Williams is nowhere to be found. Mildred Jones, Williams'
girlfriend, decided this week to return the station to the airwaves in
what she said is a continued effort to return two of the couple's children
-- now wards of the state Department of Children and Family Services -- to
their custody. Following a felony eavesdropping conviction, Williams
decided last month that Monday would be his last day of operating the
unlicensed station after Associate Macon County Circuit Court Judge Scott
Diamond told him that shutting down would be the only way he might receive
probation for the conviction. At the time Williams -- who faces anywhere
from probation to six years in prison -- said he feared what would happen
to the couple's two sons at home if he was imprisoned. Williams will be
sentenced Dec. 17 for recording conversations with social service workers
without their permission and later broadcasting the conversations on the
station. But Jones said it has been the station that has brought the
circumstances surrounding the removal of daughters Unique and Atrue to
public light. After beginning the station in 1990, Williams and Jones have
continued its operation in an effort to bring the two girls home. ''We
have more than just one operator and employee of Liberation Radio,'' Jones
said. ''I am co-owner and I feel the best way to fight for our kids is to
keep the station on the air. ''And after we turned the station off people
started calling and voicing their opinion and I thought about the last
eight years and why we actually turned the station on.'' Diamond said he
could not comment on the case. But just where Williams is these days is
not known. He has not been seen since Nov. 18 when it was alleged that he
shoplifted items from a grocery store. Jones said Decatur police have come
to the couple's home looking for Williams twice since then but that he
hasn't returned home since the night of the alleged incident. No warrant
has been issued for Williams' arrest, although police say he is wanted for
questioning. Jones said she's heard that Williams is attending a radio
conference in Chicago. Members of the Committee of Concerned Citizens, the
community-based group that has worked to help reunify the Williams-Jones
family, would not comment on the radio station's return to the air or on
Williams' legal situation. ''We hold fast to our concern with regards to
the welfare of the children and the questionable legal proceedings
regarding the entire family of Napoleon Williams and Mildred Jones,'' a
prepared statement from the group said. ''However we have made the
determination to put an investigative inquiry into the entire matter until
the current allegations can be addressed or resolved. ''We do not condone
any violation of the law or any injustice in any form or by anyone.''
Scott Ealy of rural Effingham, Williams' attorney, has argued for weeks
that his client did not receive a fair trial in the eavesdropping case, an
argument disallowed by the courts in hearings since the trial's
completion. Ealy said the last time he talked with Williams the two
discussed plans to file a motion for supervisory order with the Illinois
Supreme Court, used in situations to order lower courts to ''follow the
law.'' Ealy would have to first, however, prove that the Macon County
Courts did not do that in convicting Williams. He said the motion will
more than likely be filed in the near future.


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Napoleon Williams
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