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October 26, 2007

Genarlow Wilson

Genralow Wilson has now been released from jail. Hoorah! The absurdity of it all was that Genarlow had been sentenced to 10 years, yes, 10 years jail, because when he was 17 he had consensual oral sex with a 15 year old.

Here's the old story on Genarlow Wilson.

The Genarlow Wilson case has been making the rounds in the blogosphere as an example of a breakdown of justice. For those of you who don't know, Wilson, a 17-year old boy with good grades and no prior police record, was convicted of aggravated child molestation for receiving consensual oral sex from a 15-year old girl. He received a mandatory 10-year prison sentence, plus lifetime registration as a sexual predator. A frustrated Georgia Supreme Court upheld the ruling, finding no legal reason why the sentence could be overturned.

Ten years? Oh, one more point you might want to add: Genarlow is black.

Fast forward to today:

For a brief moment, it looked like Wilson was going to go free. A district judge ruled that his 10 year sentence was a violation of cruel and unusual punishment. But, unbelievably, the prosecutor state has announced an appeal, thus keeping Wilson in prison for the time being.

Yes, really, he has to stay in jail while the appeal is heard, despite the resentencing:

A Georgia judge voided a ten-year sentence Monday for Genarlow Wilson for having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17.

Instead the judge gave him a 12-month misdemeanor sentence with credit for time he already has served. The judge also ruled that Wilson doesn't need to be registered as a sex offender.

Monore County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson, no relation, wrote in his order "The fact that Genarlow Wilson has spent two years in prison for what is now classified as a misdemeanor, and without assistance from this Court, will spend eight more years in prison, is a grave miscarriage of justice."

The state is likely to appeal the ruling from Monroe County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson. Wilson already has served more than 27 months.

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