"Why do people plead guilty to a crime they didn't commit?"
WRT this story:
Seven people pleaded guilty for their part in abusing Megan Williams -- but now Williams says that abuse never happened.
"It sounds to me that there are innocent people held in jail for something they did not do," [Williams' lawyer Byron L.] Potts said. "I have no idea what convinced them to plead guilty."
Is it really so difficult to understand? Are you really a lawyer in this country?
The U.S. criminal-justice system encourages pleading guilty to a crime one didn't commit. If one is accused of a serious crime - especially a "hate crime" - there are what we know as "plea bargains." Plead guilty and the prosecutor gets to add a notch to their briefcase and the State gets their cut.
Just another example of the farce that is "justice" in this country. Discuss.