Despite the fact that various notable extremist left-wing blogs are disturbed by Wilson’s sentencing, Sen. Johnson seems to think that justice has prevailed and that this is the “proper conservative way” of administering justice.
Sen. Johnson: I tremble at the thought of our state being run by people like yourself who believe this is justice. There is a concept in law called proportionality or lex talionis (that is, “an eye for an eye”). You may have heard about this concept as it comes from the Bible. The United States actually has a strong Christian tradition, especially in its judicial system, and part of that tradition has always included the idea of proportionality in sentencing.
It is for this reason that, unlike some countries that mandate cutting off hands for the crime of theft, our judicial sentencing has generally followed the idea of proportional sentencing.
Does Genarlow Wilson deserve to be punished? Absolutely. Is sentencing him for 10 years in jail for oral sex just? Absolutely not.
As a conservative Christian, I am horrified at this perversion of justice. There is nothing “conservative” about sentencing this young man for 10 years in jail. And there is nothing just about the sentencing either.