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Rally Supporting Genarlow Wilson Attracts Civil Rights Leaders

Genarlow WilsonIn the ongoing travesty that is the Genarlow Wilson case, a rally was held in Douglasville, GA Thursday which drew the Reverend Al Sharpton, among other Civil Rights leaders, and Sharpton did not mince words.

Via CNN:

DOUGLASVILLE, Georgia (CNN) — Civil rights leader Al Sharpton blasted Georgia’s attorney general Thursday for challenging the release of a man serving 10 years in prison for a teenage sexual encounter, saying, “People did not suffer for your career.”

Sharpton did not mention Attorney General Thurbert Baker by name, but called on “those that are in office because of us” to take action to get 21-year-old Genarlow Wilson freed.

“Don’t walk over the bodies of martyrs and achieve a position of personal stature, and then forget how you got there and sit there in silence while your children are locked in jail for unjust sentences,” said Sharpton, a radio talk-show host and former Democratic presidential candidate. “There’s something ungrateful about those who would benefit off the blood of martyrs and not stand up for those that put you there in the first place.”

Further on in the article, Sharpton’s remarks continue.

Sharpton called Wilson’s sentence “wicked, punitive, immoral and illegal, and he threw in a jab at President Bush’s decision to spare former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby from prison by commuting Libby’s 30-month sentence for perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to investigators probing the leak of a CIA operative’s identity.

“If this young man’s name was Scooter Wilson, he wouldn’t be in jail,” Sharpton told supporters at a “rally for justice” at the Douglas County courthouse, west of Atlanta. “If he had a different complexion, and a different connection, we’d be having a welcome-home party. But since he didn’t have anybody in the Oval Office to deal with excessive sentencing for him, he got hundreds in the streets that will speak on his behalf.”

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(Cross Posted at SitPS)

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