Georgia’s highest court gave no explanation when it refused to hear the appeal of Genarlow Wilson, a young man whose case made headlines after he was convicted of aggravated child molestation for having what he says was unforced oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17.

But in a concurring opinion, Presiding Justice Carol W. Hunstein said that although she was sympathetic to Wilson, who is serving a 10-year sentence, the court couldn’t help him because the Legislature had refused to make retroactive a new law that would downgrade Wilson’s actions from a felony to a misdemeanor.

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