I know this site is geared towards the NFL and the Broncos, but every once in awhile I like to throw something to the masses and get your opinion. I am sure you have all read about or heard about Genarlow Wilson, a former high school football star currently 2 years into a 10-year prison sentence, convicted on aggravated child molestation charges.
You can read more about it HERE, but in short, Genarlow was at a party and received oral sex from a 15 year old classmate. In Georgia, the law was a bit outdated you see, it was a misdemeanor for teenagers less than three years apart to have sexual intercourse, but a felony for the same kids to have oral sex. Instead of a slap on the wrist, Wilson was facing major time, and the "sexual predator" tag that goes along with it.
Unlike two of the other players charged with Wilson who plea'd to lessor charges, Wilson did not want the tag, and what being a sexual predator brings along with it. He was found guilty by a jury, who later was incensed when they learned that the minimum sentence was 10-years without possibility of parole.
Even better, Georgia has sinced changed the law to include oral-sex in the misdemeanor, but did not allow the law to work retro-actively to past cases. In short, Wilson will spend the next 8 years in prison for a crime that isn't a crime anymore, and never really was meant to include 17 and 15 year-olds, but to punish pedophiles.
I understand that the law is the law, but at the same time we watch criminals given leniency all the time. Drug dealers, murderers and the like are set free all the time. Everyone in this case knows Wilson has been wronged, but no-one will help. It is a true breach of justice.
If you'd like to learn more about the case, head over to Wilson Appeal.com. I am not passing my beliefs on to anyone, I just ask that if you read the details of this case you might want to sign the petition. Georgia law-makers are in the process of looking at a revision to the law that would allow Wilson's legal team to get Wilson free'd.
Please let me know your thoughts on this matter, and thanks for letting me rant!