It is not often, or ever, that I advocate the release of someone in prison on my website.
For it can be easily said and argued that my judgement with regard to such things have been, well, not-so-good.
But, there are some things that happen to people that are flat out, and obviously wrong, and they are done at the hands of the judicial system, in our name.
There are some things that we just must speak out on.
Take for instance the predicament of Genarlow Wilson.
To get down to brass tax, he is in jail for getting a blow-job. He was seventeen years old and the girl he was with was fifteen. The sexual act was consensual.
And for that act, Genarlow may well see a mandatory 10 years in jail and another on probation.
I would urge you to read the above sentence again contemplate the arcane idea of a young man whose life will be wasted due to a teen age sex act. And than consider the fact that Genarlow was not a bad kid.
Prior to the aforementioned incident he had no criminal record, had a 3.2 GPA, and in a grotesque twist of irony, was actually arrested on the day he was to sit and take his SAT tests. Charged with Rape and Aggravated Child Molestation. The rape charge didn’t stick, but the latter charge did, and Wilson got hit with the mandatory sentence of ten years.
Since his imprisonment laws have been passed which have de-criminalized some consensual sexual acts of teenagers, but that doesn’t matter for Genarlow, because these laws were passed after his conviction.
Since early 2005, Genarlow has been in jail.
His classmates have gone on with college plans, started careers, lived their lives.
Genarlow waits and worries.
While there has been a kind of universal revulsion to his imprisonment, the bureaucrats and the judiciary are hiding behind legal barricades while claiming nervously that to release Genarlow would somehow enable a groundswell of child sexual predation.
Or so they say.
What is more likely the case is that they are afraid to have admitted to be the architects of an arcane law that ensnared a young man in his prime and has lay upon him the most terrible burden of "child predator". That may be the biggest crime of this whole scenario. It is time that Genarlow gets his life back.
What is Being Done to Release Genarlow Wilson?
for lots more information and what you can do to help get Genarlow home.
After the Court of Appeals of Georgia affirmed Genarlow’s conviction, his legal team filed a Petition for Certiorari asking the Supreme Court of Georgia to consider the case.
Contact Attorney General Thurbert E. BakerPhone: 404-656-3300FAX: 404-657-8733E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org