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The Presumption of Innocence: Material or Probatory?


Larry Laudan


University of Texas School of Law

June 29, 2008


Abstract:     
The presumption of innocence is not, and cannot be, a doctrine enjoining triers-of-fact to believe that the defendant did not commit the crime with which he is charged. It is, rather, a message that jurors must begin a trial believing that defendant's guilt has not been proven and that defendant must be acquitted unless the state proves his guilt to the relevant standard.

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Keywords: presumption of innocence, proof, guilt

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Date posted: July 1, 2008  

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Laudan, Larry, The Presumption of Innocence: Material or Probatory? (June 29, 2008). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1152886 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1152886

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Austin, TX 78705
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