I have previously mentioned that a guy who I didn't like in elementary school grew up to be a teacher, and got in trouble for having sex with a girl who was 17 years and 9 months old. Three months more and she would have been legal. The girl didn't complain. The guy admitted having sex with her immediately.. and yet he was sentenced to a mandatory 18 years in prison.
An article from today has this 27 year old wife of a teacher repeatedly having sex with a 16 year old student with behavior problems. Her sentence? She is eligible for release after completing 30% of a 3 year sentence.. which is less than 11 months. Why the huge difference in sentencing?
Also.. if she did not plead guilty, she would have been subject to 38 years in prison. That also doesn't make sense.
Quite frequently, you have people pleading guilty to charges just to avoid a severe sentence. That is not right.
Let me offer a hypothetical example. Imagine that you have been chargred with stealing a loaf of bread from the supermarket. You did not do it, but if you plead guilty, you will be given 1 day in jail.. but if you plead not guilty and they decide you are guilty, you will be put in prison for 20 years. Are you going to risk being found guility even though you are not guilty? Or are you going to lie and plead guilty?
There is another problem. Some people take oaths seriously. They are forced to take an oath saying "do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth - so help you god?" And they say "I Do". So, this person who didn't commit the crime in the first place risks going to prison for 20 years for telling the truth.. or gets off with just 1 day.. and eternal damnation in hell for breaking the oath they made to god. Hmm.. eternity is a long time!http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/25/wife-ex-hs-football-coach-pleads-guilty-to-statutory-rape-charges.html