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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