Jacksonville Councilman Responds From Jail Cell

A Jacksonville city councilman, who was thrown in jail Friday night, has responded from his jail cell.

Jerome Willingham was put in jail for not paying thousands of dollars in child support.

In the letter, Willingham says while he apologizes to his constituents and the city council for any embarrassment, he says he never violated any law of the court.

Willingham says he is committed to treating his children well above the requirements of the law. Willingham, who was disbarred in 2004, claims the judge on Friday was using his income as a lawyer to determine the amount of child support.

Willingham, brother of University of Washington head football coach Tyrone Willingham, says he will not borrow money from his "rich brother or his rich friends" to pay the child support, saying he would rot in what he called a cold jail cell before borrowing money from family or friends.

As for his city job, Willingham is still a city councilman. but he asks the city suspend his pay as he is unable to perform any of his duties.


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