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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.

Wilson is scheduled to graduate from Morehouse College this year. President Obama will address Morehouse Commencement today.

I saw an interview with Wilson this morning. He acknowledged making mistakes and seemed grateful for the support he had received.

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).

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

A postscript on Tyrone Brooks - Political Insider with Jim Galloway
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....
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