I then quickly swung over to Blogcritics and picked up on the great Sal Marinello's coverage:
…the horrific story of how Genarlow Wilson, a then 17-year-old high school football player, was sentenced to 10 years in prison without parole for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl who admittedly initiated the act.
Wilson was an outstanding student who was his school's homecoming king; he was a hard-working kid and a football and track star who was on the path to attend an Ivy League school. Everybody liked him. He never got into any trouble.
Now, as his future has been robbed from him, he rots in jail. Doing hard time with hardened criminals.
Everyone messes up from time to time, particularly when you're young. A 17-year-old having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old at a party may not be something to tell the grandkids about later in life, but it's certainly not something to command hard prison time for.
The people of the state of Georgia should demand that Genarlow Wilson be freed straight away.
You can find an online petition here.