The latest details to emerge in the Genarlow Wilson case certainly don’t do much for the image of Georgia’s Attorney General or his conduct in this travesty.
Apparently, although neither the girl involved with Genarlow nor her mother wished to press any charges under Georgia’s Dark-Age-esque anti-sex law, a visit from the AG’s office and a threat to the mother’s parental rights fixed things in a hurry.
Highlights of the AP story:
ATLANTA (AP) — The mother of a then-15-year-old girl in a highly publicized teen sex case told a newspaper that the boy involved should not have been criminally charged, but she changed her statement a day later after a visit from prosecutors, the newspaper said Thursday.
Lawyer B.J. Bernstein, who represents the young man, Genarlow Wilson, called the prosecution’s visit “pure intimidation.”
In an interview Tuesday, the girl’s mother told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that her daughter had told her the videotaped sex acts were consensual. The mother also said she regretted that she didn’t ask prosecutors not to charge Wilson and four other boys at the party.
“She did not want any of this to happen,” the mother said. “I felt like Douglas County was trying to make an example out of these boys.”
The day after that interview, the mother spoke to the Journal-Constitution again, saying she was worried that she might be misquoted. She said Douglas County Assistant District Attorney Eddie Barker was at her home with an audio recorder to discuss what she had said.
In the initial interview on Tuesday, the mother told the newspaper that before Wilson’s trial, Barker had told her that if she didn’t assist the prosecution, she could face legal trouble for “neglect” as a parent. Barker denied that assertion, the newspaper said.
On Wednesday, the mother said that Barker had not been “threatening” her but rather giving her advice.
I’m quite sure I can imagine the effect of such “advice” on a mother. I’m sure it was just all “hypothetical” and “friendly concern”.
Other “Free Genarlow Wilson…NOW” sites:
- Wilson Appeal Website
- Cool Hands – The Prison Services Project Blawg
- Free Genarlow Wilson
- Plans derailed. and free Genarlow Wilson. and a meme.
- Free Genarlow Wilson Now!
- Genarlow Wilson in Court: Decision Monday at Noon EST