Author Topic: 10 Year Sentence for Oral Sex Overturned!  (Read 2539 times)

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10 Year Sentence for Oral Sex Overturned!
« on: October 29, 2007, 01:42:52 PM »
Georgia teen released after serving time for consensual oral sex




Mon Oct 29, 9:10 AM
 By The Associated Press


ATLANTA - Genarlow Wilson, the young man released from prison after being sentenced to 10 years in prison for having consensual oral sex with another teenager, said Monday that the experience has matured him.


Wilson, 21, who has said he wants to pursue a college degree in either sociology or business, told NBC's "Today" Monday that he plans to make up for lost time. He was 17 when he was arrested.


"I definitely got into this situation a boy and I'm coming out a man," he said. "It's definitely taught me valuable life lessons."


Wilson spent two years behind bars.


Speaking Sunday after a visit to Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Wilson said he wanted to be a role model to his nine-year-old sister and other young people.


"It would be good to get in anywhere and pursue my education," Wilson said, flanked by family members. "I just want to thank everyone. It feels real good to be free."


Two days after his release from prison Friday, Wilson went to an 11 a.m. service to thank church members for their support. He received a standing ovation.


Dressed in khaki pants, a yellow dress shirt and a tie, Wilson seemed nervous as he stood in an aisle and addressed the packed church.


"No words really can explain how thankful me and my family are," he said. "The Bible says there's a time and season for everything. I guess that time finally came."


Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, was among those who worked for Wilson's release. He criticized a system he called "more criminal than just" and a prison-industrial complex he described as a new form of slavery.


Wilson's case "should have never entered the venue of the criminal justice system in the first place," Warnock said.


Wilson was freed Friday, hours after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 vote that his 10-year sentence for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl amounted to "cruel and unusual punishment."


Wilson was convicted of aggravated child molestation following a 2003 New Year's Eve party in a hotel room where he was videotaped having oral sex with the girl.


His case led to widespread protests of heavy-handed justice. His supporters said race was one reason he received such a severe sentence, noting that he and the girl - who are both black - were only two years apart.


After he was imprisoned, Wilson became the subject of prominent editorials and national news broadcasts. His sentence was denounced even by members of the jury that convicted him and the author of the 1995 law that put him in prison.


Supporters, including former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, said the case raised troubling questions about race and the justice system.


The 1995 law Wilson violated was changed in 2006 to make oral sex between teens close in age a misdemeanour, similar to the law regarding teen sexual intercourse.


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Wow.

10 year prison sentence for a 17-yr old boy for receiving consentual oral sex from a 15 yr old girl.  My guess is he received the barbaric sentence because he was black.  The US likes to incarcerate black people  for some strange reason.
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Re: 10 Year Sentence for Oral Sex Overturned!
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2007, 11:13:48 PM »
Not just the USA, did you know Canada sends black people to disproportionate longer sentences then the USA? It was on CBC about a a year ago.

The DA in this case was black which also makes it odd. I appreciate that Gerogia wants to crack down on pedophiles, but this was just crazy. I'd still be in jail if the things I did to 15 years when I was 17 were applied to me.

WHat I find applaing though, is that in Georgia, a female teacher got probation for humping her 16 year old student. That case deserved 10 years in prison for sure.

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Re: 10 Year Sentence for Oral Sex Overturned!
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2007, 07:03:03 PM »
Not just the USA, did you know Canada sends black people to disproportionate longer sentences then the USA? It was on CBC about a a year ago.

The DA in this case was black which also makes it odd. I appreciate that Georgia wants to crack down on pedophiles, but this was just crazy. I'd still be in jail if the things I did to 15 years when I was 17 were applied to me.

What I find applaing though, is that in Georgia, a female teacher got probation for humping her 16 year old student. That case deserved 10 years in prison for sure.

A 17 year old boy and a 15 year old girl having sexual relations is as normal as night and day.  It's too bad these fascist laws are around in "Democratic" societies.

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Re: 10 Year Sentence for Oral Sex Overturned!
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2007, 10:14:29 PM »
Yup, it's so stupid. And you know they would never even consider this if a female was giving oral sex on a 15 year old boy, instead those law makers would high 5 the boy.

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Re: 10 Year Sentence for Oral Sex Overturned!
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2007, 10:37:17 AM »
I don't see were it might have shown that the girl may have givn him a blow job only the fct they were both black. ???
There is a law in the works now and I do belive it gose someting like this If the Man is more then 5 years the girls elder then he can be charged But if he is only 2 years the elder he can not be charged and the age of consent is going to be rased to 15.