The law of unintended consequences?
November 24, 2008 6:49 PM Subscribe
Wendy Whitaker is a sex offender.
posted by desjardins (169 comments total)
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At 17, she had oral sex with a boy, just shy of his 16th birthday. She's losing her house because she cannot live within 1000 feet of any area where children congregate, and the local church runs an unadvertised daycare. In 2006 she sued over the residency restrictions. Last Thursday, she lost. She filed a new lawsuit, saying that her sex offender status is cruel and unusual punishment.
Like the case of Genarlow Wilson (previously, 1, 2)
, if they'd just had intercourse instead of oral sex, it would have been a misdemeanor, not a felony. What she did is no longer a felony in Georgia, but a law was passed so that justice does not apply retroactively
, so Wilson and Whitaker remain convicted felons. Another law effectively barred sex offenders from the entire state, and Whitaker moved to South Carolina. She returned to GA when the law was overturned
. They're allowing Whitaker to stay in her home during the lawsuit
but she won't be volunteering at the church.