What is a difficult decision does Reverend Hale make in Act 3, Scene 3 of "The Crucible"?

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Reverend Hale comes to realize that Abigail Williams and the girls are not telling the truth to the court.  He must grapple with the difficult decision on whether he should try to convince the court to stop hanging innocent people, or plead with people, who are awaiting death, to confess to crimes of witchcraft to save their lives.

Hale goes through a crisis of conscience, feeling enormous guilt at his part in the trials and execution of innocent people.

He comes to the tragic realization or decision that he was wrong in his pursuit of witchcraft in Salem as the cause for the girls illness or any of the other suspicious events. 

"The sequence is also climactic for Hale. By the end of Act Three Hale has completely denounced the hearings. Shaken by the injustice that he sees before him, he tries to right the wrong. By this point, however, he has no influence. Danforth tells him “I will have nothing from you, Mr. Hale!” Danforth, while close to perceiving the truth, has no epiphany. Faced with truths and lies, he is unable or unwilling to distinguish between them."