A defendant cannot be convicted unless the government has proven his/her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt! CASEY ANTHONY’S VERDICT!

We cannot have it both ways; it is the Constitution of the united States that a person cannot be convicted unless the Government has proven his/her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and today; July 5, 2011, in one of the more tragic cases in America, The Florida Jury Spoke loud and clear in the case of CASEY ANTHONY. For those who disagree with the Jury’s verdict, they should move to China or elsewhere, where justice doesn’t even exist!

 

Our system of Justice is one of the finest in the world and it dates back to 200, plus years as reflected below:

 

It is better than 5, 10, 20, or 100 guilty men go free than for one innocent man/woman to be put to death. This principle is embodied in the presumption of innocence. In 1895, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a decision in the case Coffin v. United States, 156 U.S. 432; 15 S. Ct. 394, traced the presumption of innocence, past England, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, and, at least according to Greenleaf, to Deuteronomy. [Also, Alexander Volokh wrote a law review article on the issue.]

 

The Coffin case stands for the proposition that at the request of a defendant, a court must not only instruct on the prosecution’s burden of proof–that a defendant cannot be convicted unless the government has proven his/her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt–but also must instruct on the presumption of innocence–by informing the Jury that a defendant is presumed innocent.

 

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