Monday, June 11, 2007

The Night the Whites Went Out in Georgia

ATLANTA - A judge on Monday voided a 10-year sentence for a man accused of having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17. Genarlow Wilson was instead given a 12-month misdemeanor sentence with credit for time already served.

The state is likely to appeal the ruling.

In 2003, Wilson was an honors student, standout athlete and homecoming king preparing for his SATs with an eye toward college. At a New Year's Eve party involving alcohol, marijuana and sex, someone videotaped the girl performing oral sex on Wilson.

The tape also shows Wilson and other male partygoers having sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old girl. Prosecutors sought a rape conviction against him, arguing that the 17-year-old was semiconscious and not capable of consent. But a jury that watched the tape disagreed.

---Wilson has served 27 months and will likely remain doing so until Georgia State's appeal is heard. Helluva way to prevent Black folks from movin' on up.

And remember folks, ya have to be a Rob Lowe-ish type to video tape sex with an underage girl and get away with it. Rob never did time but did have to eventually mock and grin with a butt spanking from the Church Lady on SNL.

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