This is just such an outrageous miscarriage of justice I don’t know how to phrase my outrage. The link is to a long and comprehensive article, but highly worth the read. The guy did a stupid thing, like many kids do. But would you want your 17-yr old to have to serve a 10 year sentence for this? Regardless of how you feel about premarital sex and teen sex, it happens. However, two items from the ESPN article linked above stick out like a sore thumb:
- When he was a senior in high school, he received oral sex from a 10th grader. He was 17. She was 15. Everyone, including the girl and the prosecution, agreed she initiated the act. But because of an archaic Georgia law, it was a misdemeanor for teenagers less than three years apart to have sexual intercourse, but a felony for the same kids to have oral sex. (emphasis mine)
- The position of (prosecutor) Barker and the district attorney, McDade, who refused to comment, is that Wilson is guilty under the law and there is no room for mercy, though the facts seem to say they simply chose not to give it to Wilson. At the same time this trial was under way, a local high school teacher, a white female, was found guilty of having a sexual relationship with a student — a true case of child molestation. The teacher received 90 days. Wilson received 3,650 days.
Why didn’t the court throw this out? Why hasn’t the prosecutor been sacked? Do you think he’d have been so adamant about “taking their medicine” if they had been white boys?
IT’S EVEN ON VIDEO THAT THE GIRL WADDLED OVER TO HIM ON HER OWN FROM THE LAST GUY SHE FELLATED. Do you honestly expect a teenage boy to say NO to a girl that’s almost his age? If you do, contact me about some bridges I need to sell.
Think of it this way: what’s the age difference between your parents? It’s 3 years between mine, and evidently it only takes two.
This is an unbelievable miscarriage of justice, if not a deliberate act of injustice, and needs to be rectified immediately. Hey, Congress, you were so concerned with sticking your nose in the Schiavo case, how about this one? Where NO ONE except a prosecutor with an attitude wants this boy to serve the best years of his life behind bars for what seems like a common teenage act!
ABC has video (somewhat graphic but pixellated).