Like Genarlow Wilson, Joshua Widner was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a sexual encounter with a fellow teenager that his lawyers say today would be considered a misdemeanor. But while a Georgia judge Monday tossed Wilson's sentence as "a grave miscarriage of justice," the state Supreme Court last year said Widner's sentence "does not unconstitutionally shock the conscience." The difference in the rulings suggest there may not be an easy legal fix to these matters.
Contrasting Cases Show Murkiness of Sex Law
June 14, 2007