Genarlow Wilson’s imprisonment was easily, along with the Jena Six arrests, one of the most overtly racist miscarriages of justice in recent years. Here’s Wilson‘s “crime”:
Wilson had been convicted of molestation for engaging in consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl at a New Year’s Eve party. He was 17 at the time. Wilson was convicted under a Georgia statute (since revised) that, strangely, would have resulted in only a misdemeanor charge had Wilson and the girl engaged in vaginal sex.
Also, he and the girl are black. Thankfully, in a disturbingly close vote (4-3), the Georgia Supreme Court has ordered that he be released, as his sentence was an obvious violation of the Eighth Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishment provision. He’s been in jail for more than two years, which is more than two years too long, but at least it’s better than ten.