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 06/24/07 - 04:35 pm
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Yea I would love to share my

Yea I would love to share my melon with you any time denali, you might not like the taste.

owensjef
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owensjef 06/24/07 - 04:35 pm
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Yea I would love to share my

Yea I would love to share my melon with you any time denali, you might not like the taste.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/24/07 - 07:34 pm
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Denali123, borat is a spoof

Denali123, borat is a spoof on the movie. Don't take him/her serious. It's a good imitation, but a farce.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/24/07 - 07:35 pm
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owensjef, you've developed a

owensjef, you've developed a stutter.

owensjef
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owensjef 06/24/07 - 07:36 pm
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lol

lol

tdc
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tdc 06/24/07 - 07:53 pm
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owensjef: if i live in the

owensjef: if i live in the trailer park, then there is no doubt you's up in da projects and spend hours practicing ebonics and waiting impatiently fo da firs to arrive. holla back dogggg. booyahka(ebonics fo---- tad dal.)

tdc
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tdc 06/24/07 - 08:10 pm
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oj---you're right. i concede.

oj---you're right. i concede. how did you ever know?? why don't you come on over and i will give you a tour of the park while we jam to the Savage Nation. The boys would love to have you for supper.....not dohmer like, though, b/c we ain't into dark meat. bon ap petite! if you live close to ft gordon, then it shouldn't take long, please let me know when you will be arriving....

bone
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bone 06/24/07 - 08:34 pm
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oh my - this is getting

oh my - this is getting painful. owensjef, please try to control yourself if you decide to respond: remember, you started this "where you live" projection game, so don't sling racial epithets at tdc. mr tdc, you've probably done enough for a night, yes?

owensjef
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owensjef 06/24/07 - 08:45 pm
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Yea and I am watching roots

Yea and I am watching roots so it might be hard on all .

bone
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bone 06/24/07 - 09:11 pm
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book was better - even if it

book was better - even if it some of it was plagiarized. way too much overacting in the miniseries for my tastes.

intheknow
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intheknow 06/24/07 - 10:10 pm
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TDC, I guess you feel good

TDC, I guess you feel good about yourself. KCP, I noticed that you did not direct any of your comment toward TCP/ WAOF. Much respect for you. I do not agree with everything that you say, but I will give you credit for being fair in your comments.

intheknow
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intheknow 06/24/07 - 10:11 pm
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The respect part was for

The respect part was for WAOF.

morgan51567
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morgan51567 06/25/07 - 06:13 am
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In this case the punishment

In this case the punishment doesn't fit the crime. I am pretty sure this is not the first time the young girl had oral sex witha male older than she is. In this case she was caught and mom want to protray her as being an angle. 17 and 15 year old know right from wrong and she knew she was wrong from having sex with this young man.How many more have she had sex with? Him being labled as a sex offender is completely unfair. Everyone who says the race card is being played is wrong. It's "ELECTION TIME"!!!!!!!!!!

WW1949
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WW1949 06/25/07 - 08:24 am
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Pat, I knew Borat was a spoof

Pat, I knew Borat was a spoof and I was being sarcastic to tdc and taking up for the rest but owensjef took it as a racial comment like he always does. Too bad he hates everyone. He could have a much better life if he changed his outlook. By the way do you like Red Velvet cake?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/25/07 - 01:54 pm
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Denali123, you tricked me

Denali123, you tricked me with your reply to borat. I thought you thought he was for rea. Sorry, nuances are difficult without knowing the posting people. Yes, I like red velvet cake about once a year. I don't have much of a sweet tooth and red velvet burns me out. My idea of a good cake is applesauce white cake.

TheTruth
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TheTruth 06/25/07 - 06:31 pm
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One word: ACCOUNTABILITY. The

One word: ACCOUNTABILITY. The law is not excessive. If you don't want to go to prison and you don't want your name on a sex offender registry, don't have sex with underage girls. It's really not that difficult. Those of you who want to portray this as "teenagers being teenagers" need to get a grip. By condoning the act, you make it permissible. And when it becomes permissible, it becomes pervasive. Personally, I’m sick and tired of seeing so called leaders, reagrdless of race, failing to lead. You lead by example. You lead by holding people accountable for their actions. The punishment fits the crime. Young teenagers don’t need to have sex. Period. That’s why the people you and I elected instituted the law. BTW, those folks that videotaped the party if they videotaped a 15 year old girl performing oral sex on anyone they are guilty of child pornography and should be prosecuted too.

owensjef
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owensjef 06/26/07 - 02:37 am
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TrueLeadership have you every

TrueLeadership have you every di anything wrong?

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