Genarlow Wilson and attorney B.J. Bernstein
I can finally rejoice that Genarlow Wilson has been released from prison. I have never met him but he is my son. This young man has endured, survived and triumphed in a situation that would have crippled others. It was uplifting to see him hug his mother and sister as he exited prison today. From a mistake in judgment with friends, his life spiraled out of control and he faced 10 years in prison from allowing a 15 year-old girl perform oral sex on him when he was 17.
Unlike his friends, Genarlow refused to take a plea deal. He refused to allow himself to be labeled a child molester. He was willing to fight for his reputation. I am so proud of him.
The other occurrences around this case and the attempts to keep this young man incarcerated, right down to the scant majority vote by the Georgia Supreme Court is still quite disturbing.
The antiquated Georgia law was overturned but not made retroactive so Genarlow remained locked up. Even after a judge ordered him released, the State's lawyers still insisted he not be released.
Like it or not, Genarlow Wilson and his friends did what a lot of our little darlings are doing. We can be in denial if we'd like, it happened with Genarlow and it's still happening. Let's use this teachable moment to reach out to our young men and young women. There is too much to lose behind acts our children think are no big deal.
Genarlow can now get his life back on track. Justice has been served, somewhat. I have never met Genarlow Wilson but he is my son and I am proud of him.