Genarlow Wilson Freed! DA David McDade Remains At Large

Good news this morning from Georgia. CNN reports that the Georgia Supreme Court, by a vote of 4-3, threw out Genarlow Wilson’s 10 year sentence as cruel & unusual punishment. Wilson, you will remember, was convicted under Georgia’s version of a statutory rape law for receiving consensual oral sex from a 15 year old girl when he was 17.

Of course, probably more than half of all Americans are “guilty” of having sex as a minor with another minor. Treating this as a crime is idiotic and the sentence of 10 years (two of which Wilson has served) is outrageous. The man responsible for this injustice – DA David McDade. His actions didn’t stop there. McDade, in his zeal to get Wilson, also overcharged with nonconsensual rape – acharge not supported by the girl involved and one which the jury rejected. As bad, in his effort to keep Wilson in jail, McDade released to the public – without the consent of any of the minors – a videotape of the sex between Wilson and the girl. This is criminal distribution of child pornography by an adult.

As I’ve stated earlier, McDade should be prosecuted. There should be demands for his resignation and the State Bar of Georgia should begin an investigation into McDade’s unethical behavior.

Of course, its not likely to happen. McDade visctimized a young black man unlike, say, Mike Nifong. So you won’t hear about McDade on the right and he will not be held to account by the rightwing power structure of Georgia.

22 Responses to “Genarlow Wilson Freed! DA David McDade Remains At Large”

  1. Mick Arran says:

    You probably know this but for those just joining us, it was a local prosecutor – Eddie Barker – who started all this nonsense when he threw a hissy fit because Genarlow refused to accept a plea bargain to a sexual molestation charge, a felony rap that would have labeled him a sex offender for the rest of his life. McDade, backing up his prosecutor, pressured Wilson hard to plead guilty and Genarlow refused again. Wilson refusing both of them made them feel weak, I guess, and that’s when McDade lost it. Bad enough from his POV that Wilson bucked a county prosecutor, but bucking the DA? That was an outrage.

    Of course, if state AG Thurlow Baker had done his job and reined in McDade as he should have when the county superior court ordered Genarlow freed, all this would have ended months ago. But he didn’t. Instead, he backed McDade for political reasons and appealed the superior court judge’s decision – a bonehead move that never should have happened.

    Two points here:

    a) While McDade is scum, he’s not alone. There’s plenty of blame all around. The whole Georgia prosecutorial system failed utterly in this case to show any sense whatever and allowed revenge to drive their decisions.

    b) It’s not necessarily over yet. AG Baker can appeal the GSC’s decision, and I don’t think he’d have to free Wilson while he does. Given that every state lawyer involved has shown a complete lack of knowing where to draw the line, including Thurlow (who is black, btw), an appeal is more likely than not.

  2. Macswain says:

    Thanks for the additional background. As to an appeal, I don’t think it can be done. From press reports, the Court found the sentence cruel and unusual under both the Georgia & US Constitution. I assume that the Georgia Supreme Court has final say on Georgia’s constitution.

  3. mick says:

    The report I saw was unclear. I assumed it was the US Constitution the GSC was relying on because of the language they referred to. Thanks for the clarification. I hope you’re right. This BS has gone on long enough.

  4. Macswain says:

    Funny how the righties demanded the head of Nifong on a platter but not a one criticizes McDade, Barker or Baker or Reed Walters conduct in Jena.

    I wonder what their distinction is … hmmmm.

  5. USLaw.com says:

    justice is finally happening. (This is trackbacked to this blog. Please turn on your trackabacks.)

  6. Concerned Citizen says:

    I think that justice has finally been done in this case. The original law was passed to keep “old men” from preying on “young girls”. Genarlow Wilson did not fit the profile of any person that should have been convicted of this crime. He was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. After all the act was consensual, let us not forget that!!!!! Hurray for Mark Cuban, Hurray for BJ Bernstein and WELCOME HOME Genarlow!!!!! Get back in school, your education can never be taken away from you.

  7. ga legal insider says:

    There is a strong rumor running through the legal community in Georgia that McDade and some of his personnel are being investigated by the State Bar for misconduct in a case unrelated to Genarlow Wilson. The evidence against him is supposed to be quite damning, although I have not seen it yet. McDade supposedly arrested some folks one of his deputies was in a custody battle with just to swing the family court decision for the deputy. Now those folks are fighting back with some recordings of the deputy bragging about his buddy DA McDade is going to swing the decision for him. (I believe the family court saw through the manuever and made the right decision despite the arrest.) If this turns out to be true, McDade and Nifong can get together and start a club for disbarred prosecutors.

  8. No one is exempt from the law and the law does not discriminate based on age. Yet, young people are often misguided into believing that they can get by without getting caught. In fact, recent studies, concerning the ethical attitudes of youth, indicates that the majority of young people would make unethical choices if they felt they could “get ahead” as a result. Success at all costs seems to be a common theme.

    As former inmate from Federal prison, today I share with business executives and young people that simple message: Every choice has a consequence.

    I am pleased beyond belief that Genarlow is now getting the taste of freedom again. Genarlow’s plight, has helped other young people evaluate the power of their seemingly simple choices. As the founder of the Choices Foundation, perhaps Genarlow would consider stepping up and helping others understand the power of choice.

    After all…Every Choice has a Consequence.

  9. Ashley Reed says:

    As of today February 15, 2008, DA David McDade has been surved with another major federal lawsuit that will potentially bring his career to an END! The Genarlo Wilson case looks like NOTHING compared to this! He has ruined the life of yet another young man by the name of Stephen Reed, falsly accusing and charging Mr. Reed with child abuse. The child, Alexis English (his step-daughter) simply took a fall off of the couch and injured her leg. After taking her to the emergency room, both parents (step father) Stephen Reed and (mother) Vanessa Reed, were taken into custody for NO REASON and the child was taken away by DFCS. In order to keep the child out of foster homes, the aunt and uncle of Vanessa Reed agreed to “temporarily” take the child into custody. To make a long story short, the aunt and uncle (Angie and David Gawlick) fell in love with the child, turned on their own neice (vanessa reed, mother of the child) and faught her for custody! They also turned the child against her own mother teaching the child to call themselves mommy and daddy. David employed by the Sheriff’s department in or around Macon/Warner Robins Ga and Angie employed by DFCS herself (obviously having major connections in their benefit), have done everything in their power to ruin the lives of these two people Stephen and Vanessa Reed, and have been successful so far. Angie and David are EVIL individuals who will also soon get what is coming to them! This case has been drawn out since the child was only 5 months old… she is now 4 years old, enough said. Please help me in spreading the word about this case. If more information is needed please contact me at ashley_reed@live.com. I would be more than happy to share the details with you 🙂

    Thanks in advance everyone!

  10. fred griffin says:

    I looked into this a bit myself. It seems McDade is under fire for bringing criminal charges against this young couple more than two years after the alleged incident and only after the sheriff’s deputy applied constant pressure to have them arrested. The police investigated the intitial child abuse suspicion raised by a Dr. Tejeder at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Ga. The police found no evidence of abuse and closed the investigation. Also seems they discovered that this doctor has a history of making bad calls of this sort.

    This McDade guy seems to just be bad to the core. I’m not so certain the Genarlow Wilson case was racially motivated – I think McDade metes out his injustice equally. I hope this case takes him down, for good.

  11. Anonymous says:

    As for the Reed case not all evidence is being presented on their webpage, only the stuff that makes the others look bad. It’s like picking pieces out of the bible and forming your own religion. There are always two sides to the story. In this case, three sides possibly 4 or 5 sides!

    Visit their myspace page, read about the people involved, research the people they mention, look at their pages too! You will see some of the sides.

    McDade did his job and still continues to do it. When citizens get involved in situations that are not handled appropriately it’s called “Citizen Concern for the Safety of a Child”. Not a personal vendetta. Things have been settled for over 2 years and this Ms. Ashley Reed Crawford seems to want to keep the kettle stirred. This isn’t good for the child in the center of this controversy. The birth mother has her and doesn’t need anymore drama in their lives. It’s ashamed that she and her children will be subjected to all of this stupidity.

  12. Ashley Reed says:

    Do you suppose you are afraid to show your identity because you are one of the parties involved? Haha… you guys trully crack me up! Give it up already, no matter what you do you will never see that little girl again. SHE IS NOT YOURS! Leave my brother alone!!! you guys are the ones that are stirring the kettle. LEAVE US ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PAMELA!!!!!! Hey everyone, why don’t you go check out her blog everyone… you can find it on Stephen’s page.. click on “complaint” then follow the link. Then click on hosted stuff and you will find the defendants website. Take a look at that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Pamela says:

    Ms. Ashley Reed: My family has had nothing to do with Stephen nor Alexis since the day she went back to her mother. This situation was closed in our eyes and Alexis was where she needed to be. If we had wish to do so we could have continued the battle in court to prove her unfit and take the baby away from her, but we didn’t. It was an useless battle at that point. Now the Reeds don’t see ANY of her children. She took them away from all of you too!

    Already seen the website, you did a good job at creating it. Proud of yourself? You WILL take all reference to my family’s name off of it too. You can not publish mine or my family names without our consent on your private site.

    I am not going to start a back and forth issue with you on this site. That is what court is for so we will see every one at court and FINALLY resolve this entire issue so all of us can get on with our lives like we were trying to do!

  14. Ashley Reed says:

    Oh you mean how you referenced my family on your blog first? Sending me an “innocent” message so that I would see it? Yes, you are right… that is what court is for. Nothing is said “nasty” about your family, as you did mine… however, it only speaks the truth. FACTS! Can you prove that stephen is a child abuser? NO

  15. Pamela says:

    No comment Ms. Reed. That part is for the law enforcement to provide. Our part, is for us to prove the other allegations that have been made against us. See your family in court.

  16. Ashley Reed says:

    Oh and just one more thing for ya Pam, Stephen has NOT been charged with anything. He sits there from the result of a favor asked by your family. Also, I don’t know what makes you think that this is not just as much for Vanessa as it is Stephen. The only reason her name is not mentioned on the site is because she is happy with her little girl away from all of this in Texas. She has her freedom. However, my brother is rotting in jail for NO reason. And I don’t know what makes you think she took them away from us??? We have an excellent relationship with her and the girls. More so then Suzan could ever have claimed to. I see them every few months and we talk to them on the phone almost everyday. That’s a lot more than I can say for you all. Maybe if you all hadn’t acted the way you did, posting hateful blogs, keeping them locked up..in and out of jail… maybe she would still let you see Alexis. That’s what makes me believe that your best interest IS NOT for the child. If so, you would not have destroyed her family and scared her mother away to Texas. Good job. Yes, we will see you in court “downtown…everyone going downtown… laughing my butt off” right Pam?

  17. Ashley Reed says:

    Oh PS: I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU IN COURT PAM 🙂

  18. Ashley Reed says:

    Oh, I know!!! Maybe you guys can call in some more favors to…uh what does it say on your website?? “it’s nice being friends with the DA”… that’s it, THE DA! something like that right? Haha… yes, maybe you can call him up and ask for some more favors and this thing might get off to a jump start. What do ya say?

  19. Pamela says:

    Ashley, save all of this for court. And yes, he has been indicted for 2 charges but hasn’t gone to court yet. I would think that case will be heard after his release.

    The charges aren’t about the child, it’s about your brother. It’s not about your family, it’s about your brother. It’s not about you, it’s about your brother. It’s not about me, it’s about your brother. It’s not about my sister and her husband, it’s about your brother. If he is innocent of his charges may he be found not guilty and be free to live his life as he wishes.

    But enough already, if you feel he is not guilty why keep dragging it all up before the court actually happens and advertising his life in the public eye. You can’t change that now, it has to be heard in a court of law!!! If he just happens to be found guilty, it’s going to be real embarrassing for your family and especially for your brother! But that’s for y’all to live with, we are over it and attempting to get on with our lives and could care less!

    As for the DA comments. Maybe you should re-read that blog again. It wasn’t aimed at your family! It was aimed at another person!!! You are taking chapters from the bible and making your own religion with this one.

    As for running his wife out of town. Nope…there is another “plump” reason for that along with a few other things (JH) among others.

  20. Pamela says:

    TO THE EDITOR:

    I know every one has the right to speech but when a family is getting slandered on your site it’s not right.

    I ask you to please delete all inputs from myself, anonymous and Ashley Reed regarding an active civil court case. She has a slander my family throughout the internet and it’s not right. There are two sides of a story but she is chosing to only tell half of hers, the only parts that look good.

    I request you remove this part of this blog. It also has nothing to do with the original content of this section.

    Thank you…Also, a copy of your blog will possibly be a part of the court case.

  21. Frank says:

    Realize that David McDade has you doing exactly what he wants you to do! He has turned family against family. This man was a deacon of his church but yet he can’t make a marriage last. He was told by a judge during a sexual harrassment case against him to no longer have contact alone with female employee’s.

    http://www.abovethelaw.com/2007/07/mcdade_has_been_in_trouble_bef.php

    But yet to this day he is having an affair with his own secretary. Maybe it’s time he got a little of his own justice. Why do his investigators leave? Have they had to lie for him? All Genarlo did was add to his collection.

  22. Pam says:

    As for all the bickering regarding Mr. Reed above. He plead GUILTY to BATTERY ON A CHILD and CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, with time served of 39 months. He is free to live his life now after confessing to his guilt. Now this really straightens out all the bickering above!

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