Jack Donahue

One of my pet peeves is how everyday media describes the burden of proof in criminal cases:  It is commonly said that a person is innocent UNTIL proven guilty.  This is incorrect.  The word UNTIL has a connotation of inevitability.  The correct statement is that a person is innocent UNLESS proven guilty.  In other words, guilt may or may not be proven.  In our criminal justice system, we do see people found not guilty on a regular basis.  It is not uncommon.

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