Besides Nifong, the other big sex crimes news was about Wilson's case. Since there are already a bunch of great posts around, I'll refer you to those. This time, though, I'll include some choice fragments of certain posts.
At Sentencing Law & Policy:
At How Appealing:
At Corrections Sentencing:
The "we're God and you're not" DAs in the Genarlow Wilson case in GA who are demeaning and undermining their profession as surely as the Duke lacrosse DA did have come up with yet another abusive travesty. Mad that the mother of the "victim" in the case publicly stated that she felt Wilso was unfairly punished as an "example" and her daughter's involvement was consensual and no crime, an ADA went over to her house, sat her down and made her call the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to recant the story, and bragged to the paper that they were there making a tape recording of the recantation. Originally, the mother said that the ADA had early on threatened her with neglect charges but, after the helpful visit, she also recanted that. As Wilson's attorney says, this is "something that almost reminds us of what happens in a Communist country, that when you speak out about something to the media, you get a visit from the government." Or Tony Soprano. (Wait . . . isn't he dead? Or not?)
At Feminist Law Professors:
The Georgia prosecutor’s assertion that the Georgia Attorney General has a “sworn duty to appeal the court’s ruling” to reduce the charges against Mr. Wilson and his 10-year sentence overlooks the basic fact that prosecutorial discretion requires those who wield it to exercise judgment, not to make mechanical appeals.
And at CrimProfBlog: