Teen sex crime inmate gets July bond hearing

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ATLANTA - Genarlow Wilson, in prison for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17, will spend at least three more weeks in prison despite a judge's ruling Monday that he should be released, his lawyer said.

Douglas County Superior Court Judge David Emerson on Tuesday set the bond hearing for 1:30 p.m. July 5.

Mr. Wilson's attorney, B.J. Bernstein, had been seeking a quick hearing in Douglas County court, even though the district attorney there has said he opposes the move.

On Monday, a judge said Mr. Wilson should be freed from prison and not be listed on Georgia's sex offender registry. Monroe County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson called the 10-year mandatory sentence he received "a grave miscarriage of justice" that violated the constitution.

But state Attorney General Thurbert Baker immediately announced his intention to appeal the decision, saying the sentence was valid. That move kept Mr. Wilson behind bars for now.

Mr. Baker is seeking an expedited appeal before the Georgia Supreme Court, which already has ruled against Mr. Wilson once.

Ms. Bernstein said Mr. Wilson had not yet heard news Tuesday afternoon of the court date. She said the time delay is not unusual for a typical pretrial hearing, but Mr. Wilson's is an atypical case.

"That happens in a lot of places, but this is really an unusual circumstance," she said.

"It's not like we're waiting to see if we're guilty or not guilty of something."

Prosecutors questioned why Mr. Wilson had not accepted a plea deal on the table that would allow him to serve a maximum of five years in prison and also avoid being listed on the state's sex offender registry when he's released from prison.

"Wilson, through his attorneys, rejected all of those offers," Mr. Baker said in a statement.

Mr. Wilson has served more than 28 months in prison.

At the time of his crime, Mr. Wilson would have faced just one year in prison if he had sexual intercourse with the girl.

The "Romeo and Juliet" exception in Georgia law also would have allowed him to avoid the sex offender registry.

Lawmakers last year voted to close that loophole. But the state's top court said the new law could not be applied retroactively to Mr. Wilson, now 21.

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NEone
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NEone 06/13/07 - 08:06 am
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Let him go.

Let him go.

Delirious58
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Delirious58 06/13/07 - 08:43 am
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I guess they do not know

I guess they do not know that Al Sharpton is in Washington, DC at this precise minute.

3572
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3572 06/13/07 - 09:27 am
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Boy if you only was a another

Boy if you only was a another race you wouldnt be having these problems.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/13/07 - 09:55 am
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When a client and lawyer

When a client and lawyer refuse to negotiate plea agreements with prosecutors, they put themselves at the mercy of a jury. When you lose, you need to take the medicine. His whining about how "fair" things are is pathetic.

KingJames
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KingJames 06/13/07 - 10:17 am
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Little Lamb, he was a kid at

Little Lamb, he was a kid at the time and did things most kids do. The punishment doesn't fit the crime. Why take a deal when there is a possibility that he could be freed very soon? This case has already gotten national attention because it was a miscarriage of justice. Wilson is not whining about fairness, but rather stating that he has not received justice. How is it that two kids can have consensual oral sex and the male get 10 years and be listed as a sex offender forever, but had intercourse actually take place would have received a much lighter sentence? That's not justice. As for the consensual oral sex, if he was punished, then the girl should have been punished as well. Neither was an adult but they were having sex by their own choice. That means, according to the law that Wilson was sentenced under, she molested him, too. I don't see anyone demanding she spend 10 years in prison for her part.

marien
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marien 06/13/07 - 10:26 am
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Right On !!!! King

Right On !!!! King James.................

JustMe
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JustMe 06/13/07 - 10:53 am
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Here we go again.

Here we go again. Miller061472......Gotts bring up that race card

Thefuturist
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Thefuturist 06/13/07 - 11:24 am
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I have not followed this

I have not followed this case. I am curious, just what are the races of the children involved?

tigerlily01
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tigerlily01 06/13/07 - 12:14 pm
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This is so absurd! Just let

This is so absurd! Just let him go! Don't ruin the rest of his life.

whitescorpion
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whitescorpion 06/13/07 - 02:04 pm
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The kid was dumb, the kid was

The kid was dumb, the kid was drunk, the kid broke the law. Let the punishment fit the crime. He's already done 28 months. Let him go. Sex offender, you gotta be kidding me.

NEone
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NEone 06/13/07 - 05:43 pm
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JustMe: Seems like the issue

JustMe: Seems like the issue of race is pertinent in this case. This has all the ingredients for a 48 hours/60 minutes segment.

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