After months of frenzied legal maneuvering, name calling and media spinning, today the highly publicized case of Genarlow Wilson lands squarely in the state’s highest court.
For more than a year, attorney B.J. Bernstein has been fighting the 10-year sentence levied on Wilson for receiving oral sex — described by a judge as apparently “voluntary” — from a 15-year-old girl when he was 17. In 2006, after Wilson had been sentenced for the incident stemming from a December 2003 New Year’s Eve party, lawmakers changed the state child molestation law such that his lawyers say his conduct would be considered only a misdemeanor today.
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