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Statement of Attorney General Baker Following Genarlow Wilson Ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court

PRESS ADVISORY

Statement of Attorney General Baker Following Genarlow Wilson Ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court

October 26, 2007

I have received and reviewed the decision by the Georgia Supreme Court in this matter, and I respectfully acknowledge the Court's authority to grant the relief that they have crafted in this case.  As the Supreme Court found, the habeas court's order resentencing Mr. Wilson, however well-meaning, was unauthorized under Georgia law.  It was for this reason that I appealed, in order to insure a fair and consistent application of the law not just to Mr. Wilson, but to others similarly situated.

I hope the Court's decision will also put an end to this issue as a matter of contention in the hearts and minds of concerned Georgians and others across the country who have taken such a strong interest in this case.