Aboriginal defendants are pleading guilty due to language and cultural barriers, legal officials warn – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

This applies equally to accused with mental health issues who’d rather plea guilty than attempt to defend themselves. Is it surprising that our jails are full with people who can’t or were incapable of defending themselves. the law is blind to the inequality of of our unders classes to defend themselves. Poverty isn’t the problem it the wealthy that are never satisfied that’s the disease. They have created an industry of lawyers and accountants to defend their action and avoid their taxes that leaves the state coffers bare to help those in need.(ODT)

“Sadly when it comes to court, if you’re not familiar, it’s a very frightening place, and people do not understand what’s actually happening.”

via Aboriginal defendants are pleading guilty due to language and cultural barriers, legal officials warn – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)