36 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2008
Date Written: June 29, 2008
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.
Keywords: presumption of innocence, proof, guilt
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