"Things got better. Mr. Scionka and Mr. Schnack found each other, and then they found friends from Dallas. They were introduced to Jason Nicholas, 34, a jailhouse lawyer turned paralegal and political agitator who was housing young protesters on the roof of his apartment near Washington Square Park.

Mr. Nicholas served as something of a pied piper during the protests, leading his teenage charges from rally to rally. On Wednesday night, he took them to Queens, where they were arrested shouting slogans in protest of President Bush's arrival in New York. They said they were detained for 19 hours.

Spending nights on Mr. Nicholas's roof was not perfect, but the teenagers found it preferable to St. Mark's. All week, the artificial green turf on the roof was covered with sleeping bags and strewn with backpacks and gas masks. Mr. Scionka and Mr. Schnack shared quarters with a kid named Fitch, another called Doofus, who played folk guitar, and a couple of girls referred to as the supermodels. Helicopters buzzed the roof at night."

Yes, New York Messed with Texans, by Michael Brick, Sept. 4, 2004


"Like many other parolees, Mr. Nicholas has had difficulty finding work. But he said he had immediately relished the raffish life of a tabloid news photographer. He worked his way into taking pictures for a bigcity newspaper through perseverance and luck, he said, and in the process found a part of the world where he felt comfortable."

Once Behind Bars, Now Behind the Lens, with his Freedom at Risk, by Colin Moynihan, Oct. 9, 2007


"A certain segment of the New York press corps, namely the photographers and reporters who routinely cover street crime, is awaiting word of a parole hearing scheduled to take place on Rikers Island this morning.

The hearing is for Jason Nicholas, a freelance photographer for The New York Post who was arrested last month during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, while photographing a raucous protest for a photo agency ….

But Robert Stolarik, a freelance photographer who covered the protests for The Times, said … police officers in riot gear began charging at protesters, and many journalists were swept into the chaos and were ordered to the ground despite their holding up press credentials. Mr. Stolarik said that many riot police officers were stomping on protesters and journalists alike and yelling obscenities at them and striking them with large nightsticks.

Mr. Stolarik, who was not arrested, said that Mr. Nicholas had his camera shot out of his hand by a projectile. He said he took photographs of Mr. Nicholas lying on the ground but was forced away from him by an officer repeatedly hitting him with a riot stick."

A Journalist Runs Afoul of Parole Rules, by Corey Kilgannon, Oct. 6, 2008


WASHINGTON — A ruling issued on Monday by a federal judge in Manhattan, in a case brought by a freelance journalist without a lawyer, may interest the White House. The judge said that the New York Police Department may have violated the First Amendment by revoking the press credentials of the journalist, Jason B. Nicholas ...

Mr. Nicholas, the journalist who sued the police department, said he saw a connection between his case and what happened at the White House.

“When President Trump excluded certain media outlets from an otherwise open press event,” he said, “then the White House engaged in precisely the kind of viewpoint based discrimination that is unconstitutional under the court’s decision in my case.”

Barring Reporters from Briefings: Does it Cross a Legal Line, by Adam Liptak, Feb. 28, 2017