The Georgia Supreme Court ruled today that Genarlow Wilson should be released. By a 4-3 decision, the justices found that Wilson’s 10-year sentence for consensual sex between two teenagers was cruel and unusual punishment. Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears wrote that a sentence of that length makes "no measurable contribution to acceptable goals of punishment."
Wilson had been convicted of aggravated child molestation for having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17. The girl and her mother opposed the prosecution.