So my news is still being dominated by hotel heiress turned television reality star turned L.A. County Jail inmate Paris Hilton.
Even though she’s behind bars, where she belongs (although not in general population which is what I was hoping for), she is still receiving the star treatment.
Her sister Nicky and ex-boyfriend paid her a visit and unlike the other visitors, weren’t made to wait like everyone else. Nope. Instead, they were ushered in. The L.A. County Jail might as well just invest in a red carpet to complete the treatment.
I mean I was floored when she was released and sent home on house arrest. But when it was announced that the medical illness that sent her home in the first place was “psychological reasons” I nearly hit the damn roof. Now, let’s be real about this. If that had been me, a Black female, I would have been doped up on whatever medicine it is they give inmates to control their “psychological issues” and sent back to my cell.
So what makes Paris so different. It’s called wealth and race and anyone who argues differently, at least with me, is wasting both their time and mine.
I find myself on the same side as the Reverend Al Sharpton on this one. Black and brown inmates who are poor and could have committed less serious offenses would never get the treatment that Hilton is receiving and it’s bullshit.
The last time I checked, DUI’s were considered to be very serious offenses, and that is what kicked off this whole rollercoaster to begin with. A DUI.
Martha Stewart makes Paris Hilton look like a little punk ass. Like my girl Lil’ Kim, Martha went in, showed the inmates how to decorate their cells, and came out like a pro and went on about her business. So what the hell is Paris’ problem? She did the crime and she needs to serve her full time just like anyone else would have two.
But On the East Coast of America…
Genarlow Wilson, a Black Georgia man serving a 10-year prison sentence for a consensual sexual encounter he had as a teenager was finally released only to have his case appealed, thus leaving him in jail.
Wilson who is 21, was convicted of aggravated child molestation for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17 during a 2003 New Year’s Eve party. Wilson was also charged with raping a 17-year-old girl at the party — who prosecutors maintained was too intoxicated to consent — but jurors acquitted him on that charge.
Under the state law in effect at the time, Wilson received a mandatory 10-year sentence and has already served more than two years.
Partly as a result of Wilson’s conviction, state legislators changed the law to make such consensual conduct between teenagers a misdemeanor, rather than a felony. But that change wasn’t made retroactive, so it did not affect Wilson.
Monday, acting on a petition filed by his attorneys, Monroe County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson ruled that Genarlow Wilson’s punishment was cruel and unusual and voided it on constitutional grounds. The judge reduced the sentence to one year and said Wilson should not be put on Georgia’s sex offender registry, as the old law required.
Wilson’s attorneys hoped to use the ruling to free him from state prison. But shortly after it was handed down, the prosecuting attorney announced he would appeal the decision, a move that keeps Wilson behind bars.
In a statement announcing his decision, the attorney said he filed the appeal to resolve "clearly erroneous legal issues," charging that the judge did not have the authority "to reduce or modify the judgment of the trial court."
So let’s see here. Black boy has sex with a minor while he too is a minor and gets 10 years in prison. Oh, and did I mention the sex was consensual? In terms of crimes, considering that both parties were minors and it was consensual, this ranks pretty low on the totem scale. Meanwhile in sunny California, a white women who was found guilty of a DUI, a crime that has taken many lives over the years and is considered particularly heinous, received 45 days—no make that 23 days—no make that 45 days—-no make that 14 days on good behavior with five days already counted.
Reminds me of the crack vs. powder cocaine laws that saw Blacks, who tend to use crack cocaine getting longer and harsher sentences verses their white counterparts who like to use powder cocaine.
It just ain’t right and if there were ever two cases that put America’s justice system in perspective in terms of how different races are treated these two do.