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10 years for B.J. 1

Did you hear about the poor kid in Georgia who spent 2 years in jail because he received Oral sex from a consenting 15-year old girl when he was 17 years old? Genarlow Wilson, an honour roll student, a football star, and homecoming king, was at a New Years Party when the incident happened.

Can you believe he was originally sentenced to 10 years in jail? Can you also believe he was also charged with a second charge of rape? (He was aquitted of the rape charge)

Wilson stood his ground and denied the opportunity to be released from jail months earlier in a plea deal. Had he chosen to make a plea deal, he would have been registered in Georgia’s sex offender registry.

The law in Georgia has changed as a result, so at least something good came out of this harsh and unusual punishment of Wilson.

But what’s most interesting about his case is the irony in his attorney’s name: B.J. Bernstein. At first I thought this was a cruel joke, but it’s very true. Her name is Brenda Joy (B.J.) Bernstein, and she specializes in sexual abuse cases.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17948774650181520591 Crankyputz

    i couldn’t believe that common sense prevailed over a literal interpretation of the law….

    i learnt something new today