Georgia's Supreme Court on Friday ordered the release of a young man who has been imprisoned for more than two years for having consensual oral sex with another teenager.
The court ruled 4-3 that Genarlow Wilson's 10-year sentence was cruel and unusual punishment.
What this young man did was incredibly stupid and irresponsible, but to sentence him to 10 years over this was utterly cruel and ridiculous. How anyone could equivocate a minor having any kind of consensual sex with another minor the same as an adult predator is beyond me.
Again, I am not necessarily questioning the conviction in this case, just the sentencing component that was part of the law, which was changed but could not be applied retroactively:
The 1995 law Wilson violated was changed in 2006 to make oral sex between teens close in age a misdemeanor, similar to the law regarding teen sexual intercourse. But the state Supreme Court later upheld a lower court's ruling which said that the 2006 law could not be applied retroactively.
As a side note to all of this, I have one observation worthy of some thought. As unfair as this sentence was, I do not recall the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson organizing marches against this injustice. It is clear to me that they would rather manufacture prejudice, bigotry, and racism.