Sunday, June 24, 2007

Genarlow Wilson - A Tragedy

Genarlow Wilson's Tragic Sentencing for Consensual Oral Sex
By Van Jones and James Rucker

Last Monday, June 11, a judge finally dismissed the sentence of Genarlow Wilson, the honor roll student and homecoming king serving ten years in prison for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old when he was 17. In granting Wilson's habeas corpus petition, Georgia Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson wrote that it would be a "grave miscarriage of justice" for Wilson to be kept in prison for the remaining eight years of his sentence.

Yet, immediately after the judge's ruling, Georgia's attorney general, Thurbert E. Baker, filed a notice saying that his office would appeal the decision, leaving Wilson stuck in jail. Baker's actions have not only robbed Wilson of his long overdue freedom, they epitomize the insanity of a justice system that seems hell-bent on criminalizing young black men.

More of this sordid tale...

So, William Jefferson Clinton gets impeached for a blow job. Genarlow Wilson gets prison time for a blow job, but George W. Bush can screw a whole nation and nothing happens.

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