I read in the paper this morning about a young man who was arrested and convicted of aggravated child molestation. He was 17 and the girl was 15 - it was consensual oral sex. Genarlow Wilson was a good student and an athlete in high school and at a New Year's Eve party in 2003, the two teens got carried away. Now this young man has to serve 10 years in prison and another year on probation plus he has to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Read more about it here and here.
On the opposite page, everyone is up in arms about Paris Hilton having to serve more time than others who have been convicted of the same crime that she committed. She received how many days in prison for driving without a license that had been revoked because she had been driving drunk? She could have KILLED innocent people! This photo shows Paris brazenly driving again without a license after having been convicted of drunk driving.
Now I ask you, "Which is the crime here?" Granted, I wouldn't be pleased to find out my young teens were involved in sexual acts at a wild party. But was anyone harmed? I believe it is a travesty of justice that this young man has been convicted of a "crime." Apparently, no one seems able to reverse the sentence because of some antiquated law in the state where he lived. And poor little Paris will get out in a few days after she could have murdered someone.
- Delta, British Columbia, Canada
- I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.