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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.

One comment on “10 years for B.J.

  1. Crankyputz Oct 29, 2007 8:31 pm

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

    i learnt something new today

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