I’ve been talking (and writing) about this too recently, although your piece is more thorough and nuanced. It goes along with the much touted “innocent until proven guilty” phrase that started being loudly bandied about around the time of the Kavanaugh hearing. Meanwhile, we have no legal obligation to consider someone as actually innocent when we have probably cause to suspect them. That simply applies to who has the burden of proof during a trial. Dismantling all of these long held myths and misunderstandings about the way that justice proceeds will be a long haul, but this piece is a great addition to that!

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