I'm sure atleast a few of you are already aware of the Genarlow Wilson case. Where a 17 year old boy was convicted of child molestation for having consensual oral sex with a 15 year old girl. The 15 year old girl testified that the sex was consensual, but because she was not old enough to consent, under the statutory rape laws, Genarlow Wilson was convicted.
Under Georgia's Mandatory Minimum Laws, the conviction carried a mandatory sentence of 10 years without parole. After serving two and a half of those years, finally the supreme court stepped in and released Wilson from prison but did not overturn his conviction. He is still considered a sex offender, convicted of a felony. Wilson can not vote, he cannot own a gun, he cannot live or work anywhere within 1,000 feet of anywhere children may congregate, such as a school, a park, a library, or a swimming pool.
And anyone looking at a list of local sex offenders would see his name, his picture and the charge of "child molestation" next to it with no other details given about what his crime actually was.
Unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg...
But perhaps the most egracious example is the case of Christopher Handley, a devout comic book collector, who has purchased thousands of comic books, graphic novels, anime, manga, on every topic imaginable from around the world. During an inspection by postal officers of one of the orders he placed, they found manga containing illustrations with nudity of anime characters that looked underage. (How they can establish the age of a cartoon in a comic book is anyone's guess).
He was charged under the 2003 Protect Act, which outlaws cartoons, drawings, sculptures or paintings depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. He was advised to plead guilty, is now considered a registered sex offender, and faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
How do you feel about such laws? About the cases above?