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Thursday, June 7, 2007

An American Injustice

(Video from ESPN: Part 1)

(Video from ESPN: Part 2)

Genarlow Wilson was a 17-year-old high school senior. He was an outstanding student and a promising athlete. But he's been languishing in a Georgia prison since 2005 because he received consensual oral sex from a 15-year-old high school sophomore at a party one night.

His sentence: 10 years with no possibility of parole for "aggravated child molestation."

The outrage over this case has ballooned into gigantic proportions, but still, no one has had to the balls to step up to the plate and correct this injustice. However, he recently was granted a hearing before a judge, and he'll make a decision on Monday, June 11.

Of course, I'm sure the fact that Wilson is black had nothing to do with the sentence. I'm sure that if a suburban white teen-age boy had found himself in identical circumstances, he would have gotten the same treatment. Naturally.

Please watch the 2 videos. They tell the story much better than I can. If you feel compelled to help, you can sign this online petition.

UPDATE: Genarlow Wilson was ordered to be freed by a judge, but just as his mother and others began celebrating, word came down that the Georgia Attorney General was appealing the ruling, leaving Wilson in prison until the appeals process plays itself out. What is wrong with these people?

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