Genarlow Wilson 2: Release Delayed, AG to Appeal (2 Updates)

I said yesterday that we hadn’t heard from Georgia’s Atty General. Well, now we have and with true Southern Justice-style stubbornness, he’s going to drag his state through even more mud and make them look even more like revenge-hopped hicks than they do now.

Wilson, now 21, learned Monday that his more than two years in prison were apparently coming to an end with the order by Monroe County Superior Court Judge Thomas H. Wilson. Within hours, however, state Attorney General Thurbert Baker filed notice that he would appeal the ruling to the Georgia Supreme Court, arguing the judge had overstepped his authority.

Determined not to be outdone in the Stoopidity Dept, the prosecutor is fighting bail and prison officials want to check back with the original court before they do anything.

That set Wilson’s attorneys scrambling to free him on bond from the Burruss Correctional Training Center in Forsyth. But a prosecutor in the case would not immediately agree to a bond arrangement, Wilson’s attorneys said. And state prison officials said they would not release Wilson until they receive guidance from Baker’s office or the court where he was originally sentenced in Douglas County.

The twists and turns in the legal case sent Wilson’s attorneys and family through several emotional highs and lows Monday. Wilson’s mother, Juannessa Bennett, praised the judge’s ruling, calling it a “miracle.” But by afternoon, she was too worn out to speak, said a spokeswoman for her son’s attorneys.

Call this “Travesty Cubed”. Georgia “legal” authorities (I have to put that in quotes now because they’re obviously less concerned with the law than they are with making sure they don’t have to admit a mistake) seem hell-bent on persecuting Genarlow to protect the reputation of an autocratic prosecutor who got pissy when Wilson wouldn’t subordinate his rights to a power play. They think if they can drag this thing out, everybody will forget about prosecutor Eddie Barker’s hissy-fit and there won’t be any political blowback.

Hopefully, they’re wrong. Because what they’ve just done takes a legal mistake into the realm of outright racism. Would they be doing this dance if Genarlow was white? Hell no, and everybody knows it. If he was white he would most likely never have been prosecuted in the first place. He would have been placed on probation and sent home.

And that’s what this most recent nitwittery is going to force people to acknowledge, people who were otherwise willing to put this down to arrogance, political ass-covering, and dumb legal inflexibility. Fighting both the judge’s decision and bail for Wilson virtually proves that Georgia’s legal system remains a racist backwater with a double-standard, one for whites and another for everybody else.

Update 6/13/07: Thanks to a racist legal system and a state AG willing to cover for a prosecutor’s inexcusable tantrum, Wilson will now spend at least another month in prison until yet another judge can hold a hearing to decide whether he should be granted bail.

You know, Georgia reminds me of that kid in every class who says and does stupid things because getting some attention for moronic behaviour is better than getting none at all.

Then again, maybe all the stereotypes are, you know, true.

Update 2, 6/15/07: This is just pathetic. Georgia’s AG is taking some well-deserved flak over his appeal of this case and is trying to cover his ass.

The 10-year prison sentence imposed on Genarlow Wilson for receiving oral sex from a 15-year-old girl when he was 17 is “harsh,” but his punishment must stand to protect the law and keep more than 1,000 child molesters behind bars, Attorney General Thurbert Baker declared Thursday.

“As attorney general, I took an oath to uphold the laws of this state,” Baker said during news conference he called to explain why he is appealing a judge’s order to free Wilson. “And in taking that oath I don’t have the luxury of taking the law into my own hands, or picking which cases to defend.”

Of course he does. All prosecutors make those decisions a hundred times a day. Who’s he think he’s kidding?

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