When a person is accused of or charged with more than one crime, it is not unusual for that person to bargain with the prosecution for reduced charges or a lighter sentence in exchange for some degree of admission of guilt. Which charges are dropped and which are pled guilty to may not always be a question of guilt or innocence, but of the amount and type of evidence connected to each charge.
We have watched the sex abuse scandal unfold over the past few weeks against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. On November 5, 2011, Mr. Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child molestation. On December 7, 2011, he was arrested and arraigned on new charges, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors. If convicted on some or all of these charges, it is probable that Mr. Sandusky will receive a lengthy prison sentence, probably spending the remainder of his life in jail.