The Georgia Supreme Court Sides With Genarlow Wilson

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Four months after a judge threw out his sentence and Georgia's attorney general appealed that decision, Genarlow Wilson has been freed.

The Supreme Court of Georgia ordered Friday that Genarlow Wilson be released from prison, ruling that his sentence for a teen sex conviction was cruel and unusual punishment.

The decision was split 4-3.

A refresher on Wilson's "crime":

Wilson had been convicted of molestation for engaging in consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl at a New Year's Eve party. He was 17 at the time. Wilson was convicted under a Georgia statute (since revised) that, strangely, would have resulted in only a misdemeanor charge had Wilson and the girl engaged in vaginal sex.

More reason on the case.

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  1. Well that’s a blessing anyway.
    Shouldn’t this have been a no brainer? What’s with the split decision? What’s with this case to begin with? What sort of asswhipes are running things in GA?

  2. Don’t you people realize that “oral sex” is just a euphemism for SODOMY! It’s a crime against God and nature! Yahweh nuked a whole city for it! Sodomites should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!

  3. What sort of asswhipes are running things in GA?

    See my previous post.

  4. This took far, far, far too long. Congrats to Genarlow’s attorneys for continuing this fight for so long.

  5. I had consensual oral sex with a 14 year old when I was 16. It’s kind of creepy to consider that fact at age 32, but, for pete’s sake, we were both kids.

    It’s insane how some people are willing to categorize people like this as “sex offenders,” as if what they did is as bad as the actions of actual rapists and pedophiles.

  6. This was my first topic i commented on here a reason.com

    I’m pretty happy … but dissappointed in the spread of the decision (4-3)

  7. Will he have to register?

  8. No…Conviction has been overturn.

    That is what the DA appealed.

  9. outstanding. fucking ridiculous that he lost two years of his life though.

  10. The minority opinion is that the crime was committed under the old law and any subsequent legislative action cannot have any effect on the gravity of crime that Wilson committed. Therefore the original sentence should stand.

    The majority opinion held that because the legislature reduced the gravity of the crime, therefore the original sentence is to be considered excessive.

  11. You know that this ruling strikes me as out of line with how the “conservatives” on the US Supreme Court have ruled recently on 8th Amendment Cases. As I read them (look at the case on the 3 strikes law for example) no sentence is cruel and unusual based on the amount of time given, only if the punishment is “cruel and unusual” in the sense of whipping and such does it violate the 8th in their view. I know that recently a Cato fellow argued in a book for a judicial activism contra to conservative “restraint” theories, and this case would certainly be a dividing ground for the two theories…

  12. This is so f’ing stupid I can hardly wrap my mind around it.

  13. Thank God!

  14. I would tend to think that there is a 14th Amendment issue here, too, since the statute as it used to be written was a thinly-veiled attempt to criminalize juvenile homosexual activity more severely than juvenile heterosexual activity.

    And didn’t the SCOTUS make that a no-no a few years back? Not that I want to see another test case, because Roberts probably is itching to overturn.

  15. J sub D | October 26, 2007, 10:39am | #

    Don’t you people realize that “oral sex” is just a euphemism for SODOMY! It’s a crime against God and nature! Yahweh nuked a whole city for it! Sodomites should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!

    Should he be stoned to death or do you prefer burning at the stake?

  16. WTF is going on with these types of rulings. As a society I believe that we should not criminalize relatively normal adolescent behavior. I’m sure that race was a major factor in this case. Genarlow was black and the girl was white. I don’t recall anyone in my high school going to jail for having sex with their girlfriends.

  17. Aresen I hope you realize J sub D was being sarcastic. Maybe you are being sarcastic though and if so I rescind my comment.

  18. Should he be stoned to death or do you prefer burning at the stake?

    Well, burning at the stake is “cruel and unusual” punishment, so I’ll have to go with stoning. Biblical precedent and all.

  19. james

    J sub D has a sick, twisted sense of humor.

    Just like mine.

  20. james-

    The girl was black, the guy was black, the prosecutor was black. No racial angle here.

  21. Waterboard the “Minority Three” !!!!

  22. Well, burning at the stake is “cruel and unusual” punishment

    If your legislature has Medieval attitudes, what’s wrong with Medieval punishments?

  23. You will be baked.

    Then there will be cake.

  24. “J sub D” – quit citing some story-book about a magical man who lives in the sky. This here is real life, way to go Georgia!

  25. This case, not Jena 6, should have been the focus of outrage.

  26. oops wrong case. Meekly closes mouth

  27. So when are they going to fire the DA?

  28. J sub D has a sick, twisted sense of humor.

    Thank you, Aresen. That’s the nicest thing anyone’s said to me all day!

  29. I am so happy to hear this news. It is impossible to say that justice was served when a talented academic student has had 2 years of his life taken away from him because of a typical adolecent mis-step. As a mother of 4 teenagers I can say with authority that kids at this age do alot of bone-headed things, not matter what we do as parents. And as for J sub D’s comment if Yaweh wants to strike this kid down with fire and brimstone from heaven or “nuke” him, let God do it, It is not the State of Georgia’s job.

  30. I thought the case was brought by Georgia’s attorney general. At the least the attempt to have Wilson’s conviction stand.

  31. This is a miscarriage of justice. He is clearly a predator and should be locked up for good for endangering the morals of the child he was with. No one under 18 should be doing this, and if they are caught, the male should be punished for this aberant behaviour. God demands that the sinners be punished severely, in the bible they stoned people for this kind of thing, which is the morally just punishment.

  32. the DA is white…the Attorney General is Black

  33. Jim Bob wrote: You will be baked. Then there will be cake.

    Cake or Deeeeeeeeeath?

  34. And as for J sub D’s comment if Yaweh wants to strike this kid down with fire and brimstone from heaven or “nuke” him, let God do it, It is not the State of Georgia’s job.

    It is up to the government to carry out the punishments that God demands, we are a christian nation.

  35. He should have castorated…so he can never victimize another girl again.

    He IS A PREDATOR…and very ANTI-JESUS

  36. juanita you have to be less obvious with your snark when it’s to over the top we can tell that your trolling. LOL

  37. Juanita’s snark is sadly representative of a portion of the population (esp of Georgia). I’m sure my family’s opinion on the matter wouldn’t be too far off from that.

  38. in the bible they stoned people for this kind of thing

    Fine. I’ll go get stoned. Happy now?

  39. nice portal ref jim bob.

  40. Wilson was convicted under a Georgia statute (since revised) that, strangely, would have resulted in only a misdemeanor charge had Wilson and the girl engaged in vaginal sex.

    How is that strange? The law was intended to punish such acts to the degree of their unnaturalness, not their pleasurableness. God intended teenagers to have sex for procreation, not recreation.

  41. The recurring strategy hereabouts (H&R) of using other submitters’ names as a method for ridiculing said submitter oughta stop. While it may be funny, it’s also dishonest and cowardly.

  42. Uh, death, please. No, cake! Cake! Cake, sorry. Sorry…

  43. How is that strange? The law was intended to punish such acts to the degree of their unnaturalness, not their pleasurableness. God intended teenagers to have sex for procreation, not recreation.

    By this logic, there should be harsher punishments for having protected sex

  44. We really needed H. L. Mencken for this. Those motherfucking Puritans who tried to ruin this kid’s life need to be skewered as only the Sage of Baltimore could.

    -jcr

  45. Or death by cake! Even better.

    dhex,

    If only I could stop playing that damn game, I might get some work done. 😛

  46. it’s just that there’s a fucking loonie segment of the population that is so ignorant and afraid about sex and sexuality, that any time they have opportunity to pretend sex isn’t happening, and that sexuality doesn’t exist, they’re happy.

    poor pathetic people are they. (and since their “god” doesn’t exist, but for their own beliefs, the rest of us shouldn’t have their “god”s morality shoved down our throats)

  47. G’narly!

  48. As disturbing as the fact that this was even a crime, the reasoning of the majority strikes me as particularly unsound and dangerous. I’d prefer it if they had just this is cruel and unusual because it is cruel and unusual. But they seem to rely on the legislature’s recent activity in which the legislature specifically looked in to the issue of pardoning those caught under the old rules and declined to offer them relief.

  49. Genarlow was black and the girl was white.

    BINGO! We have a winner, all is clear to me now.

  50. So, would this count as the 2nd most expensive blowjob in history?

    I long for the time when a young man in his position was more scared of the girl’s father getting a hold of him, not the state.

  51. Jaunita, the United States is a diverse country where not everyone is “Christian” I guess you are suggesting thate we should have a Theocracy of some kind? Exactly who’s interpretation of Christianity should be imposed on this country? You can’t say “based on the bible” because very devout people do not have the same interpretation of it. I guess we should be stoning adulterers and liars in the streets? That is what they do in Iran you know. I say let those with no sin throw the first stone. All people are imperfect and make many mistakes. That is why God is so forgiving. Also I don’t understand your logic as to why the “male” should be punished and not the female? She was guilty too. He should be “castrated” because she gave him a blow-job?

  52. Cindy Lou –

    Juanita is a (probably regular) posing troll.

    Note some of the other absolute fucking crazy comments that force X-ian beliefs on the rest of us.

  53. Warren,
    Everybody in the case is black. It was a bunch of black youths who brought a girl into a hotel and videotaped various sex acts with her. The lewdness of the incident is probably what accounts for the lack of support in the black community. A lot easier to support some kids beat the crap out of some random white guy than stick up for a bunch of little pervs.

  54. Many of the Blogs say the girl was white. According to “PrimeTime” and Wikipedia the 15-year-old girl was black. Maybe mixed? Not that it should matter.

  55. “Wilson had been convicted of molestation for engaging in consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl at a New Year’s Eve party. He was 17 at the time”

    Can Reason please just tell the whole truth for once? That sentence makes it sound like this was Romeo and Julliet caught in a car on a Friday night. The whole story is as follows

    [a] group of teenagers rented adjacent rooms at a motel and held a raucous, unsupervised New Year’s Eve party. Among the participants were 17-year-old Genarlow Wilson, 17-year-old
    L.M., and 15-year-old T.C. The next morning, L.M. reported to her mother that she had been raped. Police were notified, and the motel rooms were searched. During the search, a video camera and videocassette tape were found. The tape showed Wilson having sexual intercourse with an apparently semiconscious L.M.and T.C. performing oral sex on Wilson. As a result, Wilson was charged with the rape of L.M. and with the aggravated child molestation of T.C. Acquitted of the former offense and
    convicted of the latter, he was given a mandatory sentence of ten years imprisonment without possibility of parole.”

    Under any reasonable moral standard this kid is a dirtbag who took advantage of a drunken nearly unconscious 17 year old girl and a committed statutory rape of a 15 year old girl? Did that warrant 10 years? If I were the judge, I would say no. I don’t think he deserved 10 years. But, under the law at the time, that is what he got. Yes, the law changed but the law was never intended to apply retro actively. The legislative intent as quoted by the dissent in this case was

    [t]he provisions of this Act shall not affect or abate the status as a crime of any such act or omission which occurred prior to the
    effective date of the Act repealing, repealing and reenacting, or amending such law, nor shall the prosecution of such crime be
    abated as a result of such repeal, repeal and reenactment, or amendment. (Emphasis supplied.)

    The law was never intended to undo prior convictions. The question becomes should the court have made an exception to the obvious intent of the legislature for this kid? Was this case so egregious as to justify that? If it really were a Romeo and Juliet case, I would say absolutely yes. But that is not what it was. I would have let him rot in jail.

    I understand where some people would not have. But I really wish Reason would give the entire set of facts instead of misleading parts of the story.

  56. I don’t know what the best course is to correct the wrong done to the kid, but allowing laws to be applied retroactively shouldn’t be it.

  57. Did somebody refer to this act as a “boneheaded” thing that teens do?

    teehee

  58. Right result, wrong reasoning.

    The majority was probably reluctant to state that this sentence was, in fact, crual and unusual, because that would open the floodgates for other appeals.

    So they cobbled together a bogus pretext under the new statute, in plain contravention of its terms.

    Its a shame they didn’t have the balls to just apply the Constitutional protections straight out. If that lays the groundwork for more commuted sentences, so be it.

  59. Under any reasonable moral standard this kid is a dirtbag who took advantage of a drunken nearly unconscious 17 year old girl and a committed statutory rape of a 15 year old girl?

    Statutory rape? This wasn’t a 40 year-old priest getting a blowjob from a 13 year-old altar boy, it was a high school junior having sex with a high school freshman. You can call it super ultra happy ninja rape and punish it with drawing and quartering, if you want, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

  60. I don’t know what the best course is to correct the wrong done to the kid, but allowing laws to be applied retroactively shouldn’t be it.

    The question of when and how laws and court decisions should be applied retroactively is kind of an obsession of mine.

    Applying relief retroactively is generally fine. Its applying new prohibitions and penalties retroactively that is the real no-no.

  61. No no no. Genarlow (if that is indeed his real name) is a Mexican Indian. The “girl” was actually an adult midget from Saipan. The prosecutor: yep, a bot!

  62. “””Applying relief retroactively is generally fine. Its applying new prohibitions and penalties retroactively that is the real no-no.”””

    That’s a one sided way to look at it. I’m a goose and gander person. If the convicted can benefit from reto law application, the State should be able to also. There are other ways to apply relief. The governor could have commuted the sentence for example.

    Ex post facto laws are forbidden by the Constitution, at a federal level. I would be curious as to what the state Constitution says. I’ll look it up later.

  63. “Statutory rape? This wasn’t a 40 year-old priest getting a blowjob from a 13 year-old altar boy, it was a high school junior having sex with a high school freshman. You can call it super ultra happy ninja rape and punish it with drawing and quartering, if you want, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong.”

    A group of older boys getting a 15 year old drunk and taking advantage of her is wrong. It isn’t 10 years in prison wrong but it is wrong. It wasn’t just the 15 year old. It was also the 17 year old that was in and out of conscousness that he also had sex with. Under the harsh light of the law, this kid got what was coming to him. Now in the aftermath of that he comes and begs for mercy and asks the court to ignore the law in the name of justice. That is perfectly fine. Courts should be able to lessen the impact of the law in the name of justice. But if this is about justice, not the letter of the law, then you need to look at the whole set of facts. What pisses me off about Reason in this case is they never give the whole set of facts. They make it sound like it was just a junior getting a blowjob from a freshman. That is not the whole story. I don’t see anything about Wilson that illicits one ounce of sympathy in this case. He didn’t deserve 10 years but he sure as hell deserved two or three.

  64. As a mother of 4 teenagers I can say with authority that kids at this age do alot of bone-headed things, not matter what we do as parents.

    Since when is getting a blow job “bone headed”?

  65. “Since when is getting a blow job “bone headed”?”

    Well it depends on the circumstances. If she is drunk and really young, you are probably a bonehead for it happening.

  66. You can call it super ultra happy ninja rape

    I saw a movie like that once.

  67. Under the harsh light of the law, this kid got what was coming to him.

    Wow. I almost forgot why I put you on the ignore filter.

    Back to filter with you!

  68. Since when is getting a blow job “bone headed?

    To be fair, it does involve a bone.

  69. John, the defendant in question was acquitted outright in the case of the older girl, so we should properly ignore every element of your argument that relies on that aspect of the case.

    I also will reiterate that there are other grounds here for dismissal, namely equal protection grounds. The law in question as it originally existed was obviously designed to give a pass to heterosexuals who humped in the back seat of Dad’s Chevy by defining it as a misdemeanor, while holding out severe felony penalties for “sodomy”, in order to cater to the redneck terror of “gay initiation”. All homosexual sexual activity between teenagers straddling the age of consent was made into a felony by the legislature, while heterosexual sexual activity was not. Recent case law would seem to indicate that the legislature isn’t allowed to do this. The defense doesn’t appear to have proceeded on these grounds, but they certainly could have.

  70. You can call it super ultra happy ninja rape

    I’m pretty sure that probably is a real title of some manga.

  71. Also I don’t understand your logic as to why the “male” should be punished and not the female? She was guilty too.

    The law says under 18 is rape, a child under 18 doesn’t have the mental capacity to consent to sex, he had sex with a girl under 18, so he is guilty, the fact that he is also under 18 is irevalent to the law, he should be tried as an adult.

    He should be “castrated” because she gave him a blow-job?

    Yes, to protect other children in the future form this predator. It’s the best way to prevent recividism.

  72. (and since their “god” doesn’t exist, but for their own beliefs, the rest of us shouldn’t have their “god”s morality shoved down our throats)

    VM, their god’s morality doesn’t allow shoving things down people’s throats.

  73. Juanita is a troll

  74. “””The law says under 18 is rape, a child under 18 doesn’t have the mental capacity to consent to sex, he had sex with a girl under 18, so he is guilty, “””

    I’m willing to bet that the age of consent in Georgia is less than 18.

    God sez a girl is ready to have children when she starts dropping eggs.

  75. Since when is getting a blow job “bone headed?

    To be fair, it does involve a bone

    … being shoved in a head, in an act known as “boning” or “giving head”. Seems like an accurate description to me.

  76. Yea TrickyVic,

    But the Pope and Bible and the Priest (who appear to have a higher authority than god) sez a girl can ONLY have kids once married.

    Just Like god hates homos…but apparently, his spokes persons (Priests who molest little boys) don’t seem to agree

  77. He didn’t deserve 10 years but he sure as hell deserved two or three.

    Holy Hell, man, get a hold of yourself. Two or three years for WHAT? For having consensual oral sex with another teenager? That’s just too Sharia-esque for my freedom-loving tastes!

    It isn’t 10 years in prison wrong but it is wrong.

    It’s not 10 minutes in prison wrong, John. Not in a free country.

  78. Les wins the day!

  79. Holy Hell, man, get a hold of yourself. Two or three years for WHAT? For having consensual oral sex with another teenager? That’s just too Sharia-esque for my freedom-loving tastes!

    She was under 18, therefore it is not consensual, she is not capable of consenting. He deserved life in prison, 10 years is a mere slap on the wrist.

  80. His release is just one more example of how the hierarchical patriarcy controls the country. When any man does something wrong to any woman, all women suffer, therefore all men are guilty and all men should be punished.

  81. Punish me jane….Punish me…
    mistreat me like u know how…

  82. okay. Jane and Juanita posted at 3:04. I had always thought they were one in the same.

    *head explodes

  83. John,

    So, please relay to us the whole set of facts.

  84. VM,

    The trick is to have two browsers open to comment on the thread, type in both your comments, click Submit…

  85. and then click Submit on the other one.

  86. It’s cooler if you can get the same minute on your comments, though.

    / mutters “Dork” to self and saunters off

  87. oh yeah? well…

  88. so there.
    oh. wait.

    /wails. sobs. tears down Shawn Cassidy poster from the ceiling.*

  89. …tears down Shawn Cassidy poster from the ceiling.

    Hilarious!

  90. Close italics, close I say!

  91. That’s a one sided way to look at it.

    Do you think a Governor or the President should be able to pardon or commute sentences? If so, do you think they should also be able to increase someone sentence?

    Seriously, nobody’s rights are violated by giving somebody relief from punishment, but adding offenses (or punishment) after the fact is a violation of rule of law.

  92. Les, you rock.

    I am so glad I took a breather from work and checked H&R. This injustice ending makes my damn day.

  93. John,

    A group of older boys getting a 15 year old drunk and taking advantage of her is wrong.

    Given that the boys were also drunk, would not their judgment be as impaired as the girls? Why do the girls get victim status here? If “passed out” instead of “semi-conscious=drunk” then we’ve got an issue of consent. But given that the boys were also drinking, don’t they get a pass on doing things they might otherwise not have done? Why/how are you convinced that the girls did not intend to get drunk and get laid? That is a behavior that both teenage boys and teenage girls engage in.

    Getting girls drunk and “taking advantage”… these are real social problems and can cross the line to actual rape, but to call this a case of “aggravated child molestation” given the situation seems nothing short of unjust.

  94. “WTF is going on with these types of rulings. As a society I believe that we should not criminalize relatively normal adolescent behavior. I’m sure that race was a major factor in this case. Genarlow was black and the girl was white. I don’t recall anyone in my high school going to jail for having sex with their girlfriends.”

    The problem arose because the idiot shot a video.

  95. “I understand where some people would not have. But I really wish Reason would give the entire set of facts instead of misleading parts of the story.”

    Welcome to Weigel World.

  96. @VM and whoever else cares: Posting twice (or more times) within 59 seconds in a single browser window will also get you the same minute calibrated on your post, so long as your posts don’t straddle the minute-mark.

    But isn’t it obvious to anyone else that “Juanita” et some alae/ii are the tracks of probably multiple jesters here, whether or not they post consistently under other aliases? And I’m kinda new at H&R and not as smart as many of y’all.

  97. Given that Atlanta is the home of the MLK Center, a lot of civil rights activists, and a fair number of race warlords as well, I have to wonder why this was not the big issue instead of the Jena6.

    There was some outcry from the civil rights community, but the effort seemed half hearted — especially when you consider some of the half-baked reasons given for starting marches in the past.

    Seems out of place, but keep in mind that Wilson was getting it from a white girl. Having lived in the South for my entire life, I can tell you that even though it is sometimes a badge of honor among black males to get it on with a white girl, crossing to the other side is viewed dimly by blacks in the south. More specifically, black women hate the idea of a black man with a white woman.

    I may be wrong, but from my vantage point here in Georgia, I don’t think that the case was entirely racially motivated on the part of politicians. Racial politics in Georgia is not what it used to be. Instead, I think the whole thing was mostly an attempt to pander to the religious zealots. And, of course, it did not hurt that Wilson is black.

    Whatever the motivation was, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is a total pussy for not pardoning Genarlow Wilson.

    BTR

  98. M:

    prob’ly – like EDDIE, Rick Santorum’s Dog, Jean Bart, “Highnumber” (what’s up with that group?) etc. 🙂

  99. From a legal point of view, the arguments of the minority are sound, and the arguments of the majority are VERY weak. The legislature DEFINITELY DID NOT want the revised law to apply to Genarlow Wilson, and said so when the law was passed. This is clearly a case where the majority judges were making the law rather than following the law.

    And clearly, the majority judges did the right thing. Not all laws are just. That’s one of the main reasons we have judges — to correct injustice.

  100. Does anyone but me think that it’s kind of funny that Wilson’s lawyer is named BJ Bernstein?

  101. “Not all laws are just. That’s one of the main reasons we have judges — to correct injustice.”

    no. judges are supposed to rule when laws are unconstitutional, etc. part of the rule of law is accepting that simply BAD and UNJUST law IS constitutional and similarly many good laws can’t be passed because they might be unconstitutional.

    the issue here isn’t “was the sentence excessive” (clearly it was) or is the law stupid and arbitrary (clearly it is) but was there a violation of the federal constitution?

    dumb scotus decisions aside, there is no constitutional right to sodomy, oral sex, or whatever. SHOULD THERE BE? imo, yes. but there isn’t.

    i am well aware that recent case law has established a “right” to various sexual acts (texas sodomy case) but that’s just judicial activism. is the RESULT good? yes. is the CAUSE good? yes. should states pass laws against oral sex, or whatever? of course NOT. but state rights matter, and the constitution matters.

    just because i think its a travesty that genarlow was imprisoned doesn’t mean i think the solution to injustice is scotus review and newfound constitutional rights.

    fwiw, the laws regarding sexual contact between minors varies GREATLY from state to state (states rights).

    i used to live in hawaii. at the time it was perfectly legal for a 50 yr old to have sex with a 14 yr old (but 13 yr old would be a felony).

    that exact same act would get you 20 yrs in most states.

    some states have a age differential thang (like WA state) where a 15 yr old and a 16 yr old can schtup, but a 15 yr old and a 20 yr old would be illegal.

    again, states rights.

    age of consent laws are necessarily arbitrary.

  102. Well now there’s a BLOW for freedom.

    But I really wish Reason would give the entire set of facts instead of misleading parts of the story.

    Absolutely agree.

  103. The law here in Texas used to say that if you were within 2 years of age, and the act was consentual, then there was no crime. Yeah, that Georgia law sounds like the old sodomy laws, which were different from the old fornication laws.

    BTY, what is the biblical punsihment for aborting a child?….. There are a LOT of females in this nation, that are going to have to pay, that is, according to the standards that –some– have laid down here by those that have aked for this teen to be struck down by God….. 🙂

  104. I love strict constructionists (see below). Any fool can see that judges use the Constitution o rule every day on issues the Framers could never have imagined (e.g., the Internet, television, etc.) If the Constitution can be expanded to include (rightfully and legally sound) decision on the modern and commercial, there is absolutely no reason it cannot be expanded to include things like sodomy, oral sex and same-sex (and inter-racial) marriage.

    It seems ridiculous to have to keep pointing out that judges like Scalia are the real judicial radicals afoot, but I guess people will always try to keep putting forth these myths about original intent because, like Rush Limbaugh, they appear to make sense until to apply a bit of reading and reason to them.

    WHIT: “no. judges are supposed to rule when laws are unconstitutional, etc. part of the rule of law is accepting that simply BAD and UNJUST law IS constitutional and similarly many good laws can’t be passed because they might be unconstitutional.

    the issue here isn’t “was the sentence excessive” (clearly it was) or is the law stupid and arbitrary (clearly it is) but was there a violation of the federal constitution?

    dumb scotus decisions aside, there is no constitutional right to sodomy, oral sex, or whatever. SHOULD THERE BE? imo, yes. but there isn’t.”

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