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Georgia Department of Law, from the office of Thurbert E. Baker, Attorney General


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.