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    This case is getting ridiculous...

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    This case is getting quite ridiculous...

    I'm sure everyone's heard of the Genarlow Wilson case (the 17 year old football stud that was charged with statutory rape when a 15 year old girl consensually gave him oral, which is a crime in Georgia). A judge recently tossed out the sentence, but now prosecutors have appealed, keeping Wilson in prison longer.

    This case was ridiculous to begin with, but the prosecutors dragging this out is even worse...


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    Re: This case is getting ridiculous...

    I agree 100%. I saw something on this case on cnn a couple months ago and I have been keeping up to date on it since then.

    The legislature down there tried to do right and passed a new law that made what he did legal and they were gonna make it retroactive so the kid wouldn't be in trouble, but the courts wouldn't allow them to do this.



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    Re: This case is getting ridiculous...

    the poor dude is innocent of any crime. had he had actual sex it was a misdemenor but since it was oral sex he got 10 years. give me a break.



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    Re: This case is getting ridiculous...

    Quote Originally Posted by dinger7203 View Post
    the poor dude is innocent of any crime. had he had actual sex it was a misdemenor but since it was oral sex he got 10 years. give me a break.
    That's not how I read it.

    While the sentence was too strict to begin with, the law was recently changed knocking this down to a misdemeanor. The law change didn't include a retroactive sentence adjustment - so the defense had to go to court to get him out - which they did.

    Now the prosecution is fighting it.



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    Re: This case is getting ridiculous...

    At the time the "crime" was committed it would have only been a misdemeanor if he had actual sexual intercourse with the girl but the law on the books said that oral sex between the same two individuals was a felony with a punishment of 10 years in the clink and a spot on the sexual offenders list.



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    Re: This case is getting ridiculous...

    I completely understand that the LAW stated this was a felony and having actual sexual intercourse was simply a misdemeanor, but here are a few dumb laws on the books as actual laws in our state of Iowa:
    It is a violation of the law to sell or distribute drugs or narcotics without having first obtained the appropriate Iowa drug tax stamp.
    A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public.
    One-armed piano players must perform for free.
    Kisses may last for no more than five minutes.
    Tanning bed facilities must warn of the risk of getting a sunburn.


    Just like the dumb law in Georgia, maybe its time a few of those others be modified...From everything on cnn, this young man did the same thing that any 17 year old would be doing, he was trying to seduce or romance someone and the law which was probably written in 1879 has already been modified. Were talking about a junior in high school having sex with a sophmore in high school, i'm sure many of you out there either did the same or tried. How about losing over a year of your life for having received oral sex - unbelievable!!!

    Here's the link to the Honorable State Attorney of Georgia who's decided for self recognition he will appeal the state supreme courts ruling and make this young man wait a few weeks or months longer....By the way, he was an incredible athlete both basketball and football 4-5 star - this one harmless, consenual act has ruined his life.

    Please write and let him know how we feel about his appeal of the courts decision to let him out of prison.
    Georgia State Attorney Thurbet E. Baker

    thurbert.baker@law.state.ga.us



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    Re: This case is getting ridiculous...

    2 questions:

    1) Is the fact that it was videotaped, have anything to do with the charge? Or is oral sex in and of itself a crime in Geogia?

    The article reads

    "When he was 17 years old, he had a consensual sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl, which was consensually videotaped.

    Georgia law at the time made such an action a felony punishable by 10 years in prison and listing on the sex offender registry."

    making it sound like the act of videotaping is part of the crime, i.e. pornography or something.

    2) What was the young lady charged who was the other half of the equation charged with?



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    Re: This case is getting ridiculous...

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    2 questions:

    1) Is the fact that it was videotaped, have anything to do with the charge? Or is oral sex in and of itself a crime in Geogia?

    The article reads

    "When he was 17 years old, he had a consensual sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl, which was consensually videotaped.

    Georgia law at the time made such an action a felony punishable by 10 years in prison and listing on the sex offender registry."

    making it sound like the act of videotaping is part of the crime, i.e. pornography or something.

    2) What was the young lady charged who was the other half of the equation charged with?
    1. The video tape had nothing to do with it. Had they just had intercourse, he would have been slapped with a misdemeanor. It's just the fact that oral sex in Georgia at the time was a mandatory 10 year felony.

    2. The young lady was charged with nothing. Even though she initiated and engaged, all of which she claimed in court, she was still seen as the "victim."


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    Re: This case is getting ridiculous...

    DaddyMac the video merely served as evidence that he received oral.



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    Re: This case is getting ridiculous...

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    1. The video tape had nothing to do with it. Had they just had intercourse, he would have been slapped with a misdemeanor. It's just the fact that oral sex in Georgia at the time was a mandatory 10 year felony.
    What's the law here? I get the oral = 10 years part. But misdemeanor between two minors? You can be 17 and 15 and only be 367 days apart. (Mental note: Don't move to Georgia.)

    Ok, here's the bomb most are thinking, I'm sure - might I inquire as to the racial background of the young lady?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    What's the law here? I get the oral = 10 years part. But misdemeanor between two minors? You can be 17 and 15 and only be 367 days apart. (Mental note: Don't move to Georgia.)

    Ok, here's the bomb most are thinking, I'm sure - might I inquire as to the racial background of the young lady?
    The law was (and has since been repealed) that intercourse is a misdemeanor, oral sex is a felony with a 10-year sentence and name placed on the sexual offenders list, even if both parties are minors, even if the female initiates.

    I think the young lady was black.


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    Re: This case is getting ridiculous...

    Why do people video tape their own illegal activity ???


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    Well, not that it needs to be said, but that's screwed up top to bottom.

    Thanks for the info.

    I only ask about the race of the young lady because there was a very similar story out of Alabama (??) a few years ago, involving a very promising young black football player who was charged with either rape or statuatory rape. In that case, the girl was white and accusations of racism ran rampant. The case was profiled on "Real Sports with Bryant Gumble" on HBO. Because of the story, the case was reviewed, he was released and I think he now plays for U of Maryland.



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    Re: This case is getting ridiculous...

    I remember seeing this on an interview with Mark Cuban... Cuban said he wouldn't set foot or do any business in Georgia untill this young man is exonerated...



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    Re: This case is getting ridiculous...

    I can't believe the balls of that prosecutor. What a total pri*k. Talk about a backwards set of laws. What happened to common sense?



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