Monday, December 18, 2006

Ten Years of Prison for One Night of Sex

When a 17 year old gets sentenced to ten years in prison for having sex with a 15-year-old, I want to know what barbaric third world country we're talking about.

That would be the U.S. of A.

Leave it to a red state to take the crazed conservative abstinence only policy to new and insane depths.

The state of Georgia doesn't like sex, or maybe it just doesn't like young people. Either way, if I had teenagers living in Georgia, I'd get them the hell out!

Yeah, the kid is black. Sign the petition. And keep your kids out of Georgia!

AP: ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from a teen who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with a 15-year-old.

In a ruling released Friday, the court denied a motion for reconsideration filed by lawyers for Genarlow Wilson, who was 17 when he and the 15-year-old engaged in consensual oral sex. He was sentenced for aggravated child molestation. . .

Presiding Justice Carol Hunstein noted that in easing the penalties for teens, "the Legislature expressly chose not to allow the provisions of the new amendments to affect persons convicted under the previous version of the statute."

Hunstein added she was "very sympathetic to Wilson's argument regarding the injustice of sentencing this promising young man with good grades and no criminal history to 10 years in prison without parole and a lifetime registration as a sexual offender because he engaged in consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old victim only two years his junior," but said the court was bound the by limits set by the Legislature. ---

via How Appealing