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November 21, 2007

ESPN's Grill Master

Wright Thompson, author of meaty articles on wrongful imprisonment and the real Raging Bull, says journalists can still give voice to the voiceless.

Michael Gluckstadt

When Genarlow Wilson was released from prison, Wright Thompson was there to see it. Wilson—once an athlete with a promising future and homecoming king of his school—had been in prison for 32 months for receiving oral sex from a girl two years younger than him in high school. Because of an antiquated Georgia law and an overzealous prosecutor, he had been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Thompson wrote a story for's E-Ticket that helped raise awareness of Wilson's plight. A few days before Gelf spoke with Thompson, the Georgia Supreme Court granted Wilson's release.

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