Why Did Virgil Griffith Plead Guilty? — CoinDesk

More than a year later, while it is yet unclear what specifically has changed, something definitely has. When defendants admit crimes, the court has to be satisfied they know what is going on and are not coerced. Griffith had to make the admission in his own words. In that moment, it seemed as if, bit by bit, the judicial process had chipped away at him. The pain in his voice was noticeable.