In recent days as Making a Murderer has become more popular, The Guardian reflects on another compelling case of false imprisonment on murder charges:
Tyra Patterson was sentenced to 43 years to life when she was 20 years old, for a murder in which she carried no gun and pulled no trigger, and in which she and her co-defendants insist she played no part.
Inside the same Ohio correctional facility, another woman, who by her own admission did pull the trigger after a robbery, is serving 30 years to life. The main reason for that puzzling disparity was the murderer’s plea deal – the other end of what is known in the criminal justice system as a “trial tax” or “trial penalty”. –The Guardian