Having called in the past for a pardon or something to get Genarlow Wilson out of jail, I have to say that I have moved away from that position the more I have learned about the case.
It was refreshing to hear Sen. Johnson, just ten minutes ago, call in to Neal Boortz’s show and, after presenting the facts to Neal, have Neal second guess himself.
I think, if I could get my hands on it, it would be worthwhile making the video tape of the incident available to the public. Even blowhard Bill O’Reilly who championed Genarlow has had to back away from his position after seeing the tape.
People who have bought the spin that this was two horny teenagers engaged in consensual sex are flat out wrong. There is a lot more to the case than that. And while ten years may be too long a sentence, Genarlow Wilson brought that bit of it on himself.
I have no more sympathy for him having delved into the facts of the case.
BTW, I should add, at the end of this, that I do also oppose, and have always opposed, mandatory sentences. We should trust the judge and jury. In this case, though, the jury did find Genarlow guilty of something more than statutory rape.