Wednesday, January 21, 2004
CNN.com - Court weighs teenager's sentence - Jan. 21, 2004: "ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- Attorneys for a high school football player convicted of having consensual sex with a fellow student told the Georgia Supreme Court on Wednesday that the teen's automatic 10-year sentence amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. "
While I certainly don't encourage teenagers to have sex, especially on school grounds, this seems incredibly excessive for what was apparently a consensual sexual encounter among two teenagers who were, despite the slight age difference, essentially peers. There doesn't seem to be any complaint of force or coercion.
While I agree that he is technically guilty, 10 years in prison seems very excessive to me. I would think, especially in light of the fact that he is an excellent student with good prospects, that some sort of probation would better serve the needs of justice here.
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