I know I said I’d stay away from the political stuff, but this bears following up on.
A judge on Monday voided a 10-year sentence for a man accused of having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17. Genarlow Wilson was instead given a 12-month misdemeanor sentence with credit for time already served.
It’s about damned time.
I wrote about Genarlow Wilson some time ago, and the inequity in his treatment has been abominable. If he’d had ACTUAL sex with the young lady, he’d have not served a day in jail. Yet now, over 2 years later, he’s still serving time for merely having bad judgement as a teenager. If all teens showing bad judgement and having relations like this with other, younger, teens were sent to prison, the prisons would be packed like sardine cans.
Yet even now, after a judge has ordered him released–and after the Georgia legislature has amended the law he was convicted under to make his crime no longer a crime–the state is “expected to appeal.” To what end? A waste of taxpayer monies? A prosecutor with a grudge?
This boy was an honor student who went to a party, used pot, and had consensual–note that word–oral sex with a girl two years younger than him. Democrats and Republicans alike–including the jury that convicted him and the author of the law he was convicted under–cite this as an extreme travesty of justice. Yet the prosecutor still has a hard-on for putting this kid in jail.
I don’t know if it’s racism or a simple-minded vindictiveness that pushes this prosecutor to go so far. But it should damned well stop now, before Genarlow has to serve more time for what was one fairly minor, and still consensual, lapse in judgement.
Or there but for the grace of God go your own children.