The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
The Georgia Supreme Court has voted to hold a hearing more than two months earlier than originally planned in the case of a Douglas County man who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for receiving oral sex from a 15-year-old girl when he was 17.
A hearing is now set in Genarlow Wilson’s case for July 20 at 10 a.m. In voting today, the court reversed an earlier decision to deny a speedier process, a ruling that would have delayed a hearing on the appeal until October.
My best wishes to Mr. Wilson for a speedy release.
I haven’t talked about this before, but I have always thought this case was outrageous. Don’t get me wrong: when my daughter is 15, I hope she won’t be engaging in oral sex with 17-year-olds or anyone else. But the idea that consensual oral sex by teenagers could lead to a mandatory 10-year prison sentence is, in my view, beyond the pale.
And — by the way — every prosecutor I have ever discussed the case with agrees.