Wilson's impossible dream of freedom just might come true
On Monday, as I checked my e-mail, I found a note that restored my faith in American justice. It told me that a Georgia judge had voided the sentence of Genarlow Wilson, the former Atlanta-area honor student and high school athlete serving 10 years for receiving oral sex from a sophomore when he was a senior. When the appeals are completed, Wilson, who is now 21 years old, might finally continue the life put on hold by a system that should have been celebrating his potential instead of stealing it.
In January, ESPN.com published the story of Genarlow Wilson's crime, punishment and fight for justice in an E-ticket that won the PASS Award (Prevention for a Safer Society) from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Read Wright Thompson's story here.
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