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The presumption of innocence

The presumption of innocence, which has belatedly emerged as a guiding principle in criminal trials, has its own intrinsic value in that, as a resuit, the burden of proof rests with the prosecution. But the advantage that the presumption gives to the accused is impaired by the system of evidence by « inmost conviction » and by the publicity given to the charges. The presumption, which acts as a justification for the freedom of persons between the involvement and the trial, is weakened by the contrast between the condition of the accused - even that of the witness - (and
that of the so-called « assisted witness ».

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Référence électonique : Claude LOMBOIS, "The presumption of innocence", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°55, 55 - Droit pénal, p.81-94 . Consulté le 2019-09-22 03:59:59 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/The-presumption-of-innocence.html