Eric Johnson points this out and it gets to the heart of my problem with the case.
According to Baker’s Op-Ed, he has a deal that would release him from prison right now, give him first offender status (no record), and keep him off sexual offender registry. The real question is why he isn’t taking it. I guess the attorney and he haven’t signed the book deal yet.
It does very much appear to me that Genarlow’s lawyer is more interested in martyring him for the cause than actually getting him out of jail.
Of course he’d have to accept culpability, but a jury of 12 has already found him guilty. Does he want out of jail and his record cleared (which first offender status would do) or does he want to be a martyr?