Crime and the Press

In just a few moments, we're going to show you a very disturbing piece of tape. It concerns a convicted sexual offender having sex with a 17-year-old woman.

Now, she says it was rape, but a jury didn't convict Genarlow Wilson of that crime. Instead, the jury convicted him of another crime — the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl. Wilson got 10 years in a Georgia prison for that.

Now many in the liberal press objected to the sentence. Editorials in The New York Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other papers condemned the prison term, implying Wilson was the victim. And they all mentioned he was 17-years old at the time of the crime. CNN put it this way:


RICK SANCHEZ, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Genarlow Wilson is a convicted felon. He's a prisoner. Despite being a good son, a good athlete, a high school student with a 3.2 GPA with no criminal past.

Imagine now going from that to this. Living behind bars for a minimum of 10 years for something he did that some may consider immoral, maybe stupid, maybe even criminal. But 10 years in prison?


Wilson's lawyer appealed, but lost. However, Wilson remains an object of sympathy in some quarters. But should he be?

This 17-year-old girl continues to say she was raped by Wilson and five other men who pled guilty in this case. But Wilson was found not guilty at trial, despite the fact the jury saw this:




The girl says she believes she was drugged. By most accounts, she seem to be intoxicated.

The reason we're reporting this story is sometimes the media glorifies people who don't deserve to be glorified. We saw this in the case of a cop killer in Philadelphia. We see it all the time in the Jessica's Law debate.

Mr. Wilson and his supporters want you to believe he's a victim. The girl wants you to believe she's the victim. "Talking Points" believes once again the media has not reported the full story.

And that's "The Memo."

Most Ridiculous Item

It looks like another state is going to pass Jessica's Law. In Tennessee the governor, Phil Bredesen, has finally put forth legislation that would increase punishment for first-time child molesters, to make it more difficult for these predators to plead guilty to lesser offenses.

Now I have been critical of the governor in the past, but he is doing the right thing, and we applaud him.

If Tennessee does pass this law, which we believe it will, that makes 41 states having some variations of Jessica's Law. We are counting Montana, because we believe the legislature there will do the right thing shortly. If they don't, it would be ridiculous.

And remember, we started out with hardly any states, and now we're at 41. We're going to get the other nine, although Vermont, may have to go -- and I may have to run for governor up there to make it happen. I don't think I'd win, but I'd just run.

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