Monday, October 29, 2007

Crimeless Punishment

After three years of incarceration, justice has prevailed for Genarlow Wilson, a 19-year-old Georgia native who was convicted of aggravated child molestation after having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old classmate. Genarlow was released on Friday afternoon after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that his ten year sentence was a cruel and unusual punishment.

The conviction in the Wilson v. State case was based on a video tape of Genarlow receiving oral sex and engaging in intercourse with a 15-year old girl at a New Year's Eve party in 2005. A poorly written Georgia state law led to his ten year sentence; at the time of Genarlow's conviction, provisions for similarity in age that allowed underage consent to be taken into account were only applicable to vaginal sex. So basically, Genarlow spent three years in jail for getting head. Crazy. A former honor student and star athlete, Genarlow is excited about returning to his normal life and picking up the pieces. We are celebrating this long overdue victory for Genarlow and his family.

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