Wednesday, June 20, 2007


A 45-year-old-man having sex with a 15-year-old is wrong. It's sick, inequitable, exploitative, immoral, and illegal. When a 17-year-old young man is having sex with a 15-year-old-girl, I'm not so sure. Usually, I don't think it's a good idea because even though teenagers are old enough to do the physical act of having sex , I don't think they're mature enough to handle the emotional consequences afterwards. If you're not careful, leaping into bed before you look is dangerous. Sex is difficult for adults to figure out, so how smart is a kid who's too young to buy a beer gonna be? Still, the power imbalance in the relationship isn't as pronounced, and if the sex is consensual, it's not a crime. It certainly isn't pedophilia.

Too bad for Genarlow Wilson that he did it in Atlanta. Although they say oral sex isn't a crime, they sure act like it is.

Man Wants Teen Sex Sentence Tossed

ATLANTA (AP) -- A man sentenced to 10 years in prison for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17 should have to serve out the widely criticized mandatory term, a prosecutor told a judge Wednesday.

A lawyer for Genarlow Wilson, now 21, asked the appellate judge to throw out the aggravated child molestation sentence on the grounds it is grossly disproportionate to the crime. Defense attorney B.J. Bernstein noted that state lawmakers passed a law to close the loophole that led to Wilson's sentence.

But prosecutor Paula Smith argued that the new law cannot be applied retroactively.

"The General Assembly did not make it retroactive," Smith said. "They had the prerogative to do so; they did not."

Wilson, clad in a white prison uniform, watched as his legal team again tried to free him while they pursue a claim that his constitutional rights are being violated. Monroe County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson said he expects to issue a decision on Wilson's appeal by noon Monday.

Wilson's sentence has been denounced even by members of the jury that convicted him and the author of the 1995 law that put him behind bars.

"The law was designed to protect kids against really, really bad people doing very bad things," said the sponsor, former state Rep. Matt Towery, a Republican. "It was never intended to put kids in jail for oral sex."

Emmitt Till was lynched for whistling at a white woman, so Genarlow Wilson is lucky he's looking at only eight more years in jail, huh?

The idea that Genarlow Wilson sitting in a jail cell because he got a blow job is wrong, and it's hard not to see racism as fueling this decision. He was a good athlete and a conscientious high school student with a 3.2 GPA who never broke the law. Although these cruel white men would never admit it, maybe the prosecution thought Genarlow was getting "too uppity". This wasn't R.Kelly, a grown man who should have know better, having anal sex with a minor. This was Genarlow and a bunch of drunk kids with a video camera screwing around at a party on New Year's Eve. But then, most African-American men on the wrong side of the law don't get the benefit of the doubt most of the time.

Doesn't it piss you off Genarlow Wilson might spend more time behind bars than "Scooter" Libby? I guess the reports of Jim Crow's death in Atlanta were exaggerated.


Queenie said...

Very interesting...