July 7, 2007

Genarlow Wilson Sex Tape & Protest March

Some strange twists in the effort to free Genarlow Wilson. District Attorney David McDade released an amateur video showing Wilson having consensual sex with two teenage girls. Wilson is currently serving an 11-year mandatory sentence for child molestation. You may recall that he was a 17-year old high school senior convicted of having oral sex with a 15-year old girl at a New Year's Eve party. Anyhow, the government decided that it would be a good idea to support child pornography by releasing this sex tape without bothering to block the faces of the girls to protect their privacy.

Methinks that David McDade must be cousin of former North Carolina district attorney Mike Nifong ... and hopefully he will suffer the same fate as Nifong who was recently disbarred as a result of his misuse of prosecutorial powers.

It is amazing how hard the criminal just-us system in Georgia is working to keep Wilson behind bars. First Thurbert Baker acts a fool. Now McDade demonstrates that federal child pornography laws don't mean anything to him as he gives the sex tape to some 35 parties that requested it, including The Associated Press, which received the tape late last month after making an open records request. Seven state lawmakers, several members of the public and numerous members of the media also received the tape.

Georgia changed the law so that Wilson's offense if committed today would have a maximum penalty of one year in jail. Wilson has been in jail for three years.

On the other hand, we see that the NAACP is becoming more relevant. The local NAACP branch organized a "March for Justice" protest with over 2,000 people calling for Wilson's release. The event lasted for a few hours with speaker after speaker called for the release of Wilson, once an honor student and star athlete at the high school.

Shelia Polk, 51, of Winston, Ga., said she was there for the same reason so many others showed up. "This is not just for Genarlow," she said. "Genarlow kicked it off. But this is for everybody. Black people in this country aren't getting the same justice as our counterparts, the Caucasians."

We are an action-oriented village. As such, I encourage you to sign Genarlow Wilson petition protesting the unfair sentencing of this young brother.

Well Villagers... what say u? Any thoughts on Genarlow Wilson case or the criminal just-us system?


the teach said...

I've signed the petition and hope everyday that something will happen to reverse this travesty of justice!

Villager said...

The Teach - I agree with you. Thanx for signing the online petition.

peace, Villager

Rethabile said...

Man, oh man! I'm going to sign the petition in just a little bit. But first let me leave this link to a friend's blog post: Let him go, %ù*$¤ç@!.

Going to vote, now.

Villager said...

Rethabile - Thank you for sharing the link to your friend's blog. He has a unique voice in the Afrosphere. I look forward to reading his blog again in the future.

peace, Villager

Nancy Lindquist-Liedel said...

OH MY GOSH! This thing has been bungled to death. Why? I rarely cry, "because of their race," but in this case? It's obvious. Petition signed.

Eddie G. Griffin said...

Shelia Polk, of Winston, Ga., said: "This is not just for Genarlow... Genarlow kicked it off. But this is for everybody. Black people in this country aren't getting the same justice as our counterparts, the Caucasians."

Eddie Griffin: Very well said Shelia. It is an "overzealous" system of prosecution where DA's make their political fortune "slam-dunking" our kids on exaggerated criminal charges.

Villager said...

Eddie It is more than an isolated example. We are seeing it more and more often. Unfortunately, our children, such as Genarlow Wilson, won't have a buddy in the White House to pardon or commute their sentence as Scooter Libby recently had happen to his jail sentence by W.

peace, Villager

Villager said...

Nancy - Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean people aren't out to get you. The race card is used much too often in our society ... however, I agree with you ... in this case it is warranted.

peace, Villager