Ga Court: Release Man Jailed in Sex Case

Ga Court: Release Man Jailed in Sex Case

There are 27 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 26, 2007, titled Ga Court: Release Man Jailed in Sex Case. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Georgia's Supreme Court on Friday ordered the release of a young man who has been imprisoned for more than two years for having consensual oral sex with another teenager.

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Tracy

Gary, IN

#1 Oct 26, 2007
This is one of the most ridiculous cases, I hope the prosecutor is sent to jail for double the time this young man served and I also wonder why the girl wasn’t charged since she was the one that "performed" the act—they were ALL minors and they were all drinking
Scurvy

Elk Grove Village, IL

#2 Oct 26, 2007
I signed an online petition circulated by supporters of Genarlow Wilson a long time ago hoping for this result to occur. Too often, there are laws on the books regarding sexual conduct (often in Georgia, it seems) that reflect a puritan morality that has not caught up to the reality of modern times. Genarlow Wilson being sent to prison for 10 years for doing something most every teenager has done (or wanted to do) was a true miscarriage of justice, and I for one am glad the GA Supreme Court figured this out. This is not to necessarily condone such behavior, but to acknowledge that teenagers are curious, immature, and have active hormones.

Further, please note this case does not excuse rape, or adult on child molestation, or even teenager on child molestation. But when two teenagers are consenting, and doing things like this, to the extent we as a society are concerned, send them to their parents, or religious authority, or some other guidance figure who can make sure they understand the potential consequences of their behavior. Don't send them to jail and ruin their lives.

I am pleased for the Wilson family, and I hope Genarlow can salvage some of the many opportunities he had waiting for him before the Georgia justice system snuffed them out.

Bill

Oak Park, IL

#3 Oct 26, 2007
Blatant Racism

Since: Sep 07

Chicago, IL

#4 Oct 26, 2007
Either free him or arrest every teen in America committing the same acts.

We spend so much money housing either innocent(maybe not guilty is a better word) or low level inmates.

Sorry that's a topic for another day.
Clarence

United States

#5 Oct 26, 2007
It's a great day for those people in our society who condone such conduct!
TOM SLICK

Chicago, IL

#6 Oct 26, 2007
Tracy wrote:
This is one of the most ridiculous cases, I hope the prosecutor is sent to jail for double the time this young man served and I also wonder why the girl wasn’t charged since she was the one that "performed" the act—they were ALL minors and they were all drinking
Well said. Both teenagers, there was no crime. The south is reverting back to the way it was, and if those people don't stand up for there rights, this country will be headed toward a war of the races. They need to check themselves in a hurry.
karen c

United States

#7 Oct 26, 2007
it is about time something good happened. No one has any idea how many innocent men are in federal prisons over the new mandatory minimums. and most of them didn't do anything but talk, never left the computer. our soldiers are fighting for our freedom as it is being taken away one pc at a time.
gobears

United States

#8 Oct 26, 2007
I wonder how the DA in this case could go home at night, look in the mirror and say "I just sent a kid to prison for 10 years for having consensual sexual relations with his girl-friend", and think it was the right thing to do. You are going to ruin a kid's life for receiving a BJ? I'm glad the GA Supreme Court go it right.
KLW

Chicago, IL

#10 Oct 26, 2007
Clarence wrote:
It's a great day for those people in our society who condone such conduct!
The conduct has not been condoned but it is not serious enough to go to jail. A moral issue should not result in jail and that is what this is.
Rachel

Chicago, IL

#11 Oct 26, 2007
Finally there is some justice for this young brother.
karen c

United States

#12 Oct 26, 2007
i hope that this will help change some of the rediculouse mandatory sentancing guidlines. DA's don't care if a person is guilty or not. there are big bonuses for the states that can put away the most sex offenders, even if they are innocent. And why do we even need judges since no one trusts them to give the appropriate sentance.
happy as heck

Hillside, IL

#13 Oct 26, 2007
Thank God this young man is free from this out of time a$$ court system. My son was almost charge with this same kind of case a few years ago.The judge snapped at the girl parents because this was her 6th time in court with some other boy family. I think our court system need to change the way cases like this is handled. 2 years of this young man life has been erased because of some stank DA who don't have a life.
GJW

United States

#14 Oct 26, 2007
Finally!
Homer Ballard

Rockford, IL

#15 Oct 26, 2007
Ten years for receiving oral sex! WOW!! The prosecutor was really goofy.
fran

United States

#16 Oct 26, 2007
Clarence wrote:
It's a great day for those people in our society who condone such conduct!
What conduct, Sex. This has been happening since the beginning of time. I don't condone teen age sex, but if we are going to jail all we find guilty of this, there would be more teens in prison than out.
Cassandra

Des Plaines, IL

#17 Oct 26, 2007
When I first read about this case I could not believe it.
What an outrage.
Can you imagine how many teenage boys would be in prison right now for receiving oral sex from their girlfriends?
The father of my children would have served time for that back when WE were dating in high school!!
I sincerely hope that whoever instigated this prosecution AND persecution gets some type of reprimand.
It's just ludicrous that this happened!!!!

CDM

“Braccae tuae aperiuntur ”

Since: Oct 07

Chicago

#18 Oct 26, 2007
We should have either killed all the southerners or let them have their confederacy. They are as backwards as the extremists in the middle east.
LindaJ

United States

#19 Oct 26, 2007
As long as there are mandatory sentencing guidelines, there will be cases like this. There will always be some jerk DA out to make a name for himself who will prosecute this type of case and then feel slighted when it is finally overturned. I read about one judge who was appalled that he had to sentence a first-offender to 8-10 years in jail for something that he felt should have been a misdemeanor and been given probation and community service. He even stated that during the sentencing hearing. That case was eventually overturned also, but it took four years. In the meantime, a naive youngster learned how to become a hardened criminal in prison. Abolish mandatory sentencing. Let the judges decide.
thisiswhat

Windham, ME

#20 Oct 26, 2007
Bill wrote:
Blatant Racism
how? he broke the law
joe

Columbia, MO

#21 Oct 27, 2007
He raped another girl at the same party. He'll be back in jail within the next year for doing something stupid again.

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