The Presumption of Innocence is Critical to a Fair Trial

 

“The presumption of innocence is critical to a fair trial, and a judge who presumes innocence will necessarily view the evidence differently than one who presumes guilt.”

In cases of animal cruelty, people presume that to be accused makes a person guilty-including the judge…Time and time again innocent people are found guilty and then a process -an expensive process for the accused- begins to overturn these cases and the law suits begin…Presumption of innocence is what our judicial system was built on-it’s alleged animal cruelty…Anything other than presuming innocence would then be a sever breakdown of that system that makes us different than other countries and reason to be proud to call ourselves US citizens.

Real evidence is usually vague and unsatisfactory. It has to be examined—sifted. But here the whole thing is cut and dried. No, my friend, this evidence has been very cleverly manufactured—so cleverly that it has defeated its own ends.

—Agatha Christie

 

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