Friday, October 26, 2007

Genarlow Wilson Is Freed...

Finally! I wrote about Genarlow sometime back in Sunday Nooz.

He was the 17 year old boy put in prison in GA for receiving fellatio from a girl 2 years younger at a party. Remember? If they'd done the old in/out, the worst he'd have faced would've been a misdeamenor; maybe. Now the Georgia State Supreme Court has found that his punishment is Cruel and Unusual Punishment and has ordered him freed. The vote was 4-3 in favor of him being freed.

It was past time. But the moral of the story is that this teen was put in prison because adults created laws meant to punish genuine pedophiles BUT did NOT even once consider the implications the law would have for innocent teens being caught having consensual relations themselves. So when we ask our legislators to create new laws, we do need to think ahead and out of the box about what it is exactly that we are asking for.

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