Genarlow Wilson to Be Released Today

The Georgia Supreme Court, in a 4-to-3 ruling, vacated Genarlow Wilson’s sentence today and set him free. Wilson was convicted at age 17 on trumped-up charges of aggravated child molestation for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl. The court ruled today that the mandatory sentence of ten years, which shocked even the jury in the trial, was “grossly disproportionate” considering that the act, which took place at a party in 2003 and was caught on tape, “did not rise to the level of culpability of adults who prey on children,” which the law he “broke” was intended to address. That law has since been changed to make sexual activity between teenagers on opposite sides of the legal divide a misdemeanor.


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