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Interesting times in Atlanta
« on: May 19, 2013, 11:32 »
I don't know how many of you might remember Genarlow Wilson. He was convicted of aggravated child molestation at the age of 17 after having consensual oral sex with a 15 year old. The offense carried a mandatory sentence of 10 years. After Wilson served 2 years of his sentence, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that his sentence was disproportionate, but did not overturn his conviction. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_v._State_of_Georgia

Wilson is scheduled to graduate from Morehouse College this year. President Obama will address Morehouse Commencement today.
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/genarlow-wilsons-journey-from-prison-to-morehouse/nXwB2/

I saw an interview with Wilson this morning. He acknowledged making mistakes and seemed grateful for the support he had received.
http://www.wsbtv.com/videos/news/genarlow-wilson-discusses-journey-to-college/v3Ny4/

In other news, State Representative Tyrone Brooks has recently been indicted by a Federal grand jury for allegedly stealing about $1 million initially slated for charitable organizations. Brooks is a well-known civil rights leader and president of the Georgia Association of Elected Black Officials(GABEO).
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/breaking-news/state-rep-brooks-indicted-by-federal-grand-jury/nXsyM/
http://gapundit.com/2013/05/17/federal-grand-jury-indicts-state-rep-tyrone-brooks-www-wsbtv-com/

Thanks to Jim Galloway for this follow-up piece on his AJC blog.

A postscript on Tyrone Brooks - Political Insider with Jim Galloway
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In the first years that I worked here, it was the practice to assign the newcomer to the Ku Klux Klan rallies.

Cross-burnings were generally on weekends, and we didn’t actually write about those events, in any case. A reporter merely needed to be on hand in case things blew up.

My rookie status set the stage for a first encounter with Tyrone Brooks. A black man had been found hanging from a tree near Social Circle in Walton County. Authorities ruled it a suicide. The local African-American community was skeptical, and had planned a protest march.

It was 1982 or 1983 – much later than the event would suggest. I loitered on the sidewalks of the small town while the marchers got themselves organized. A white, clean-shaven man with short hair looked out of place and I attracted the attention of one of the men in the blue wind-breakers. They were members of the special KKK squad the Georgia Bureau of Investigation operated at the time.

I pulled a notebook out of my hip pocket, which served as a press credential, and was allowed to pass....
more at http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/political-insider/2013/may/16/postscript-tyrone-brooks/
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