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Genarlow Wilson - From First Class Athlete to Georgia State Prisoner

akshatp

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ESPN Story

OK I know it is a long read, but you can get the main part of the story from the top 1/3 of it.

Basically, this all star HS athlete got oral sex from a 15 yr old when he was 17 and they charged him with child molestation and his life was taken away from him.

He admits that he smoked weed and drank alcohol and by his own admission was a "bad kid" but come on, 10 years for getting a BJ from a classmate??? They took the law and completely used it for something it was never written for. This guy is no model student, but he is NO WAY a pedophile.

Georgia state law at the time was that Oral Sex from a minor is a FELONY, while intercourse with a minor is a MISDEMEANOR. WTF?

Great read for those with the time to read it.


Discuss.

 

Quasmo

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The sexual predator laws in this country need to re written, My friend had his life ruined because he got a bj from a 15yr-old 2 weeks before her 16th birthday, he was 18. Her mom found out, and he had to spend his college savings on lawer fees.
 

akshatp

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The law broken in question in this case was not written for this kind of a situation. The prosecutors/judge/legal system should be smart enough to see that.
 

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Originally posted by: FoBoT
sexual predators like that should get 20-25 years for the first offense, he got off light
don't be jealous because you didn't get any :disgust:
 

akshatp

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Originally posted by: tfinch2
Originally posted by: FoBoT
sexual predators like that should get 20-25 years for the first offense, he got off light
How is he a sexual predator again?
Yes please I would love to hear your take on this.. Did you even read the article at all?
 
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Originally posted by: chuckywang
I'm glad ESPN has shed light on this story. Hopefully the publicity will set him free.
I doubt it. This case has garnered nationwide publicity for years. I recall seeing a segment about it on Real Sports more than a year ago. I do think it's an abuse of process by the prosecutors, but hey, what do I know?
 

farfignugen

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jesus christ what the ****** is wrong w/ this country?? Oral Sex a felony?? I thought Georgia was a state in America, not Georgia the mountanous country by Azerbaijan
 

axelfox

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This is the biggest injustice you've ever heard of? You've never heard of innocent people going to jail or prison?
 

akshatp

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Originally posted by: axelfox
This is the biggest injustice you've ever heard of? You've never heard of innocent people going to jail or prison?
OK fine it wasn't meant to be taken literally... Obviously there are people that have faced bigger injustices, i was just trying to make a point.
 

trmiv

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I was pretty shocked when I read that article. One of the most ridiculous thing about it is, they rewrote the law after he was convicted, but wrote it so it doesn't apply retroactively. But his case was the case that prompted the law to be rewritten in the first place. Also, down in the article it mentions that during his trial a local teacher was found guilty of sleeping with a student. She got 90 days.
 

akshatp

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Originally posted by: trmiv
I was pretty shocked when I read that article. One of the most ridiculous thing about it is, they rewrote the law after he was convicted, but wrote it so it doesn't apply retroactively. But his case was the case that prompted the law to be rewritten in the first place. Also, down in the article it mentions that during his trial a local teacher was found guilty of sleeping with a student. She got 90 days.
Yea... The fact that they specifically wrote the law not to be retroactive blows my mind.
 

kinev

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Originally posted by: trmiv
I was pretty shocked when I read that article. One of the most ridiculous thing about it is, they rewrote the law after he was convicted, but wrote it so it doesn't apply retroactively. But his case was the case that prompted the law to be rewritten in the first place. Also, down in the article it mentions that during his trial a local teacher was found guilty of sleeping with a student. She got 90 days.
Bolded for the reason....

double standard FTL.
 

jagec

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Originally posted by: kinev
Originally posted by: trmiv
I was pretty shocked when I read that article. One of the most ridiculous thing about it is, they rewrote the law after he was convicted, but wrote it so it doesn't apply retroactively. But his case was the case that prompted the law to be rewritten in the first place. Also, down in the article it mentions that during his trial a local teacher was found guilty of sleeping with a student. She got 90 days.
Bolded for the reason....

double standard FTL.
Hey, that's not true!

The ugly ones get harsher sentences:laugh:
 

xSauronx

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Originally posted by: akshatp
Originally posted by: trmiv
I was pretty shocked when I read that article. One of the most ridiculous thing about it is, they rewrote the law after he was convicted, but wrote it so it doesn't apply retroactively. But his case was the case that prompted the law to be rewritten in the first place. Also, down in the article it mentions that during his trial a local teacher was found guilty of sleeping with a student. She got 90 days.
Yea... The fact that they specifically wrote the law not to be retroactive blows my mind.
I thought there was something about that in the constitution that prohibited laws from being written retroactively...

or was that just for amendments to the constitution? i cant remember right now
 

LikeLinus

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It's a shame, but you've left out a major part.

He was offered a plea deal for 5 years that would allow him the possibility of parole. He KNEW that the conviction had no chance of parole.

Further more, after being CONVICTED, they offered him a deal again! The idiot refused because he would be a "sex offender". WTF idiot. So you're going to do 10 years and STILL be a sex offender when you come out?

The other kids got out in 2 years and one of them is even in college.

He's sitting in jail because he was too stubborn to take a deal.

The law stuck it to him. He obviously doesn't deserve 10 years, but he made his own bed and now he lays in it.

Sometimes you have to be smart enough to take what they give you. He screwed himself.

Why should they let him out now? He had the choice of doing 2-5 years and would already be out.

This sums it up

"I think he's making a bad decision in the long run. Being branded a sex offender is not good; but at the same time, if it made the difference between spending 10 years as opposed to two? Is it worth sitting in prison for eight more years, and you're still gonna be a sex offender when you get out?"

 

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Originally posted by: LikeLinus
It's a shame, but you've left out a major part.

He was offered a plea deal for 5 years that would allow him the possibility of parole. He KNEW that the conviction had no chance of parole.

Further more, after being CONVICTED, they offered him a deal again! The idiot refused because he would be a "sex offender". WTF idiot. So you're going to do 10 years and STILL be a sex offender when you come out?

The other kids got out in 2 years and one of them is even in college.

He's sitting in jail because he was too stubborn to take a deal.

The law stuck it to him. He obviously doesn't deserve 10 years, but he made his own bed and now he lays in it.

Sometimes you have to be smart enough to take what they give you. He screwed himself.

Why should they let him out now? He had the choice of doing 2-5 years and would already be out.

This sums it up

"I think he's making a bad decision in the long run. Being branded a sex offender is not good; but at the same time, if it made the difference between spending 10 years as opposed to two? Is it worth sitting in prison for eight more years, and you're still gonna be a sex offender when you get out?"

5 years for getting a bj? :roll:
 

LikeLinus

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Originally posted by: cliftonite

5 years for getting a bj? :roll:
2 Years for breaking the law. The others got parole and didn't serve 5 years.

As i said, the law sucks and he doesn't deserve it, but he did it none the less. Read much?

Note that he also admitted to underage drinking and drug use. Also on film. If they really went after him...
 

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