Would You Plead Guilty To A Crime If You Weren't Guilty?
I always pride myself on having what I call the best conversation in talk journalism. I prefer that my show is a dialogue, not a monologue. But sometimes a conversation will transform into something else, like it did today.
Portland, and the entire State of Oregon have a huge problem with sex offenders. I asked the audience why they thought this problem was so out of hand. We had a number of great calls, but the conversation started to evolve. It moved from what types of offenses could get you smacked with the sex offender label, one caller claimed the Clackamas police force will arrest someone when called on a domestic violence call, regardless of whether or not it's warranted. Finally, we moved on to the topic of plea bargains, and whether agreeing to plead guilty to a crime means you're actually guilty.
My answer is simple, if you plead guilty to something...you're guilty. If you're innocent, don't plead guilty. But several callers decided that they disagreed with me. One caller specifically had an interesting story.
Listen to the call and tell me whether he made a good case...