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Who would have predicted over five years ago that our future leaders would still be talking about Genarlow Wilson? Such is the case. The Democratic and Republican candidates for Attorney General were asked how they would have handled the Wilson situation this past Tuesday night during a Southern Polytechnic State University sponsored debate.
Preston Smith and Ken Hodges apparently were not present, but the other three candidates all took slightly different approaches to the question:
Former US Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, Max Wood indicated Baker did the right thing.
“What you do is you follow the law,” Wood said.
“That’s what Thurbert Baker did, and I think he did the right thing. I don’t think you make a decision based on popularity. I don’t think it matters where the resistance comes politically, whether they’re black, white, ministers or laity. You look at the law and do what you think is right. He was defending the Georgia laws that existed at that time, I think he did the right thing. I agree with what he did,” Wood said.
The lone Democrat and State Representative Teilhet took the opposing stance, indicating that Baker’s actions were not appropriate.
“I absolutely would not have filed that petition to keep that young man in jail. I just wouldn’t have done it,” Teilhet said.
“Ten years was completely disproportionate to what happened,”
Sam Olens, the former ARC Chairman and other Republican present, arrived at the same result as Teilhat – but with a more nuanced approach.
“That was a discretionary appeal. In my judgment, the appeal should not have occurred on the habeas petition. In my judgment, when you look at the proportionality of the sentence, the appeal should not have occurred,” Olens said.
Olens said there is a larger issue for Baker in that case, and that was his “total failure” to communicate what he was thinking.
“When the ministers went up to him and said, ‘why are you doing what you’re doing?’ he told them he was the attorney general,” Olens said.
You can read the full story in The Marietta Daily Journal.