I’ve been on the road. The Thurbert Baker press release is in my inbox now and here is the relevant portion:
While fulfilling his constitutional obligations to represent the state in this habeas matter, Attorney General Baker has also attempted to bring the defense lawyers and Douglas County prosecuting attorneys together in hopes of reaching a resolution in this case. As recently as this past weekend, the Douglas County offered Genarlow Wilson’s attorneys a plea deal that would have allowed Genarlow Wilson to plead to First Offender Treatment, which would mean that he would not have a criminal record nor would he be subject to registering on the sex offender registry once his sentence had been completed. The plea deal, if accepted by Genarlow Wilson’s lawyers, could also result in Genarlow Wilson receiving a sentence substantially shorter than the 10 year mandatory minimum sentence for which he was originally sentenced, possibly leading to his release based upon time already served. Genarlow Wilson, through his attorneys, rejected all of those offers. The District Attorney’s office has indicated that the plea offer will remain available to Genarlow Wilson notwithstanding the appeals process.
I realize a lot of you have invested a lot of energy in refighting whether or not he should have been charged as he was charged or even found guilty. If you wish to continue crying over spilt milk, please feel free to do so. But I think it is worth noting that Mr. Wilson has it immediately within his power to both get out of jail and avoid registration as a sex offender with the high probability that his record would be fairly quickly expunged.
I take it that his supporters would rather bitch and appeal and probably lose. It would be poetic justice if the plea deal were then withdrawn. In that case, I would hope Mr. Wilson might take action against his own attorney for what is increasingly looking like a case of attorney grandstanding.