If you were watching CNN this afternoon you saw incredibly compelling television. Genarlow Wilson, the Georgia high-school homecoming king and 3.2 G.P.A. student, sentenced to ten years for receiving consensual oral sex from a fifteen-year-old when he was seventeen, was finally freed by a judge. The Soviet-styled sentencing was overturned after the state of Georgia had already wasted two years of this young man's life.
It seemed that the Kafkaesque nightmare was over and this young black Georgian could finally get on with his life.
Yet moments later Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker faxed the celebrating family of young Mr. Wilson that he was appealing the verdict.
As Monroe County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson stated in his decision to free Genarlow Wilson, "If this court or any court cannot recognize the injustice of what has occurred here, then our court system has lost sight of the goal our judicial system has always strived to accomplish....If any case fits into the definitive limits of a miscarriage of justice, surely this case does."
It is long past time for this farce to end. We all need to contact Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue tonight and demand that steps be initiated to remove Thurbert Baker and the original prosecutor District Attorney David McDade from office.
Click here to send him a message. When the form asks what is your message choose "other" (the last category) and then type in the box below it "Genarlow Wilson."