Here is a case that is so outrageous and ridiculous that Mark Cuban is outraged as well. Above is a website for to sign and a online petition and email to the Georgia legislatures.
Could this happen to your child? Your brother? Your friend?
Genarlow Wilson sits in prison despite being a good son, a good athlete and high school student with a 3.2 GPA. He never had any criminal trouble. On the day he was to sit for the SAT, at seventeen years old, his life changed forever. He was arrested. In Douglas County he was accused of inappropriate sexual acts at a News Year’s Eve party. A jury acquitted him of the allegation of Rape but convicted him of Aggravated Child Molestation for a voluntary act of oral sex with another teenager. He was 17, and she was 15.
Along with the label “child molester” which will require him throughout his life to be on a sexual offender registry, Genarlow received a sentence of eleven years — a mandatory 10 years in prison and 1 year on probation.
On July 1st, the new Romeo and Juliet law went into effect in Georgia for any other teen that engages in consensual sexual acts. That change in the law means that no teen prosecuted for consensual oral sex could receive more than a 12 months sentence or be required to register as a sex offender.
Had this law been in effect when Genarlow Wilson was arrested, or had been done after the Marcus Dixon case, Genarlow would not now be in jail.
Genarlow and his mother are overjoyed that no one else in Georgia will have to know their pain. In the meantime, however, the legal fight goes on for Genarlow Wilson.
Genarlow has been incarcerated since February 25, 2005.
What is Being Done to Release Genarlow Wilson?
After the Court of Appeals of Georgia affirmed Genarlow’s conviction, his legal team filed a Petition for Certiorari asking the Supreme Court of Georgia to consider the case. Click here to read the Petition.
What Can You Do?
1) Let District Attorney David McDade and other politicians of the state of Georgia know your outrage with the unjust incarceration of Genarlow Wilson. Sign our online petition demanding his freedom and that he not have to register as a sexual offender.
2) Donate to the Wilson Defense Fund. Monies collected will go to legal expenses and when released, an education fund for Genarlow Wilson.
3) Email and Write the Legislators
On Tuesday, June 20th at 8pm, HDNet World Report aired a lengthy, in-depth report about Genarlow Wilson. HD Net is the high definition TV network started by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. World Report host Gregg Dobbs, a former correspondent with ABC news, recently traveled to Georgia for an in-depth interview with Genarlow. The program titled "Ignorance of the Law" is a documentary-style program and is the longest and most comprehensive report by any media outlet describing the injustice here to date.
ABC Chief Legal Correspondent Chris Cuomo interviewed Genarlow in prison on PrimeTime Live. You were able to hear from Genarlow yourself and realize the grave injustice of his ten year prison sentence. There is an online poll and message board at the ABC website.
The January 2006 issue of Atlanta Magazine provides a full account of the injustice and problem with Georgia law.
Genarlow’s story has also been featured on Good Morning America, The Abrams Report, and The O’Reilly Factor.
For additional information, contact Genarlow’s attorney
The Bernstein Firm, P.C.
621 North Avenue, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30308