Black leaders demand justice

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials is holding its annual convention in Savannah this weekend, with leaders planning to focus on the case of Genarlow Wilson, a young black man imprisoned for engaging in consensual sex as a teen.

The need for justice in that case and others is the message hundreds of black leaders from across the state will spread during their visit to Savannah.

"Everyone is asking: 'What's going on in Georgia?' We thought we were beyond that," said Democratic state Rep. Tyrone Brooks, the president of the association.

Mr. Brooks began the four-day convention Thursday afternoon at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, surrounded by a dozen fellow black leaders.

Mr. Wilson was convicted of aggravated child molestation for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old when he was 17. He has served two years of a 10-year sentence and will be required to register as a sex offender.

A judge earlier this month ruled that it was "cruel and inhumane treatment" to continue to keep Mr. Wilson in prison. However, Attorney General Thurbert E. Baker is appealing to keep Mr. Wilson behind bars.

That's a direct violation of Mr. Wilson's civil rights, Mr. Brooks said.

"The message to Georgia, the nation and the world is: We've come a distance, changed the law and made progress, but we still have a long way to go," Mr. Brooks said.

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owensjef
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owensjef 06/23/07 - 04:30 pm
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No compassion what so ever

No compassion what so ever KPC, Shame on you.

owensjef
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owensjef 06/23/07 - 04:44 pm
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I did some research on

I did some research on Thurbert Baker, he is quit a story. This is a very accomplish man, a blue dog Moderate right leaning Law and order Democrat. I think he can't see the forest from the trees and is taking this personally as a challenge to his ethics. He is just dead wrong on this one. He needs to step back and use some common sense and some human compassion. I hope this young man has learned too many bad things in prison. Parents’ kids find themselves in these sexual situations sometimes and you want know they will not confide that to you.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/23/07 - 04:45 pm
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owensjefro, we're all so glad

owensjefro, we're all so glad you don't determine what is legal and what isn't.

owensjef
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owensjef 06/23/07 - 04:51 pm
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Get my name right Pat

Get my name right Pat

owensjef
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owensjef 06/23/07 - 04:52 pm
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The little girl was Black

The little girl was Black

As It Is
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As It Is 06/23/07 - 04:58 pm
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This is not about race. He

This is not about race. He received a legitimate sentance based on current laws. That being said, his punishment does not fit the crime and the laws need to be changed. Common sense needs to prevail and he should be set free immediately and the laws should be changed by our elected officials.

johnsmith
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johnsmith 06/23/07 - 05:20 pm
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He can be charged with

He can be charged with statutory rape, under the law. That does not make him what a reasonable person would consider a "child molester." This is why most civilized states have Romeo-Juliet exceptions to sexual offender registry requirements, rape laws, etc., so that if the participants are within one or two years of age, the case is treated differently. That said, look at this quotation from the story: "The need for justice in that case and others is the message hundreds of black leaders from across the state will spread during their visit to Savannah." Ok...so...if the boy was white, it would be ok to put him in prison and on the sexual offender registry???

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/23/07 - 05:42 pm
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now that would be diversity

now that would be diversity -- American style.

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 06/23/07 - 06:04 pm
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Glad you finally showed up,

Glad you finally showed up, Pat.

bone
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bone 06/23/07 - 07:06 pm
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this young man learned many

this young man learned many valuable lessons prior to his jail term; none of those made a dent in his thick skull, either.

owensjef
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owensjef 06/23/07 - 07:21 pm
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Total crap Johnsmith, as

Total crap Johnsmith, as always

owensjef
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owensjef 06/23/07 - 07:21 pm
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Total crap Johnsmith, as

Total crap Johnsmith, as always

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/23/07 - 08:26 pm
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owensjef, many times you come

owensjef, many times you come across as a totally backwoods uneducated bubba and I accicentally type owens jefro and sometimes you come across as a totally racist uneducated black and I accidentally type owens afro. Please excuse my Freudian slip.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/23/07 - 08:28 pm
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WAOF, thanks for missing me.

WAOF, thanks for missing me. Lighting down my cable played havoc with my electronics.

johnsmith
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johnsmith 06/23/07 - 08:40 pm
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owens, I can't imagine what I

owens, I can't imagine what I said that you found to be "crap." However, as usual, your post is fragmentary and ambiguous in the extreme. For example, since you failed to supply a verb, or a subject for said verb, in your post, the reader is left to _assume_ that the tacit (that means "left out because it is understood," owens) subject and verb are what the reader believes them to be. Thus, I shall assume that your post, in its entirety, reads, (owensjef speaking): "As is frequently the case, I will be responding to johnsmith's intelligent and insightful observations with dimwitted, random, uninformed ramblings that are really nothing more than total crap Johnsmith, as always." Was I close?

owensjef
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owensjef 06/23/07 - 08:47 pm
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Johnsmith You are a total

Johnsmith You are a total clown, Pat You are one tough nut to crack. You play hardball very well.

tdc
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tdc 06/23/07 - 08:49 pm
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for this particular case i

for this particular case i would say that the punishment does not fit the crime, but did this young man have a previous criminal record? was he on parole/probation? that could have made a difference in the sentencing. don't know, just a thought? 15/17 consentual doesn't add up to 10-20. Be realistic all of our parents and grandparents should be in prison, b/c they used to get married at 15!!!!!!! i don't know all the circumstances but if that is all there is, come on.....common sense people.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/23/07 - 08:55 pm
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tdc, rule of law.

tdc, rule of law.

tdc
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tdc 06/23/07 - 08:55 pm
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On the flip side The GA

On the flip side The GA Association of Black Elected Officials??? Doesn't that just sound racist?????? How come there is such a group? Could America have a GA Association of White Elected Officials? Why would that be considered racism? Oh.....divide and conquer......America fears unity in the white community...something we do lack. Say it with me....it's alright, to be white. It's alright, to be white. Leftist liberal wacko's(whom are ashamed of their names and have resorted to the word "progressives") have done everything in their powers to make whites ashamed to be proud! Don't buy into it. A change is coming!!

tdc
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tdc 06/23/07 - 09:00 pm
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patricia, i understand that

patricia, i understand that laws must be upheld, b/c if they are not then we would have a chaotic society. But i also believe in common sense, something we, as Americans, have totally forgot about. I also know we must draw a line somewhere(15/16/17??), but we need to take it case by case. Not defending this young man or women, but 10-20 and sex offender sounds like a harsher punishment than a capital murder trial, nowadays.

tdc
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tdc 06/23/07 - 09:05 pm
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owensjef: if you use the word

owensjef: if you use the word "boy" is that a double standard? Kinda like....(he he he.....i can say it, but you can't)
just wandering.

owensjef
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owensjef 06/23/07 - 09:06 pm
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Tdc Go read why there are

Tdc Go read why there are black groups, because of the lack of respect to the black man in this country no one black man could stand alone because he would be hanged by a tree or a public floging would take place. This is why there is a naacp. We never could see ourselves on tv everyday , so this is why we have a bet or a telemudo. I sick and tire ogf this rewritting of history, by people like you tdc a typical internet coward who hides behind a screen name.

owensjef
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owensjef 06/23/07 - 09:08 pm
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Hey I wish I could trade with

Hey I wish I could trade with you tdc You can say what you want , which you always have, and blacks can run the country.

bone
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bone 06/23/07 - 09:11 pm
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pe&&s envy? you've outdone

pe&&s envy? you've outdone yourself, owensjef: a new low. how you equate someone having an argument with you with the necessity to make anatomical insults is certainly worth investigating: have you been peeping in boy's rooms lately, owensjef? you naughty perv...

owensjef
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owensjef 06/23/07 - 09:11 pm
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You see TDC have no history

You see TDC have no history of using the word boy and spraying white kids with fire hoses and trampling them with horses. You see the crap being taught in white house holds that some less qualified black is going to take you job just keep this whole mistrust between the races going. KPC just keeps this crp going.

owensjef
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owensjef 06/23/07 - 09:13 pm
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Bone I will deal with you

Bone I will deal with you later in the mean time I will elete that post because I will be suspended if I don't she you decoded my message .

arcdog
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arcdog 06/23/07 - 09:14 pm
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you folks are amazingly

you folks are amazingly ignorant about this. Christian134, this WAS consensual sex, and it was between a 15 and 17 year old. Patriciathomas, the Georgia General Assembly (largely republican, btw) has passed a law whereby this offense is now a misdemeanor in Georgia. Thus, although the people through their elected officials have said "you do this, its a misdemeanor", this poor kid is having to do 10 years prison because of timing.

If you cant see the problem here, then you are moronic.

owensjef
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owensjef 06/23/07 - 09:16 pm
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aman arcdog thanks for that

aman arcdog thanks for that

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 06/23/07 - 09:21 pm
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Where's JMOVAL? We need our

Where's JMOVAL? We need our second best dirty fighter in here to team up with OWENSJEF in warding off the evil white racist coward fools! I actually think stocks are a much better idea than lynching or public flogging. Publicly embarrass their dumb little hormone-driven adolescent selves and maybe they will stop and think about what kind of trouble they could get into for breaking the law. Work to change the law so this kind of overkill punishment doesn't ruin another young life.

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 06/23/07 - 09:23 pm
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Did the GA Gen Assembly make

Did the GA Gen Assembly make the new law retroactive? If they had, we wouldn't be having this discussion.

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