If the quote below seems agreeable to you, you probably are an idiot. Stop reading and go get your coloring book. If the reader is circling around the quote and giving it a poke because something isn’t quite right, stick around.
Attorneys for Empire actor Jussie Smollett said Thursday evening that Chicago law enforcement “trampled” upon his “presumption of innocence” after arresting their client for allegedly filing a false police report concerning a racist and homophobic attack against himself last month.
Liberals are convinced that they are the smartest people in the room because by their estimate, everybody else is stupid. Such is the case with this heaping pile of shit defense attorneys laid on the press. Yes, there is a presumption of innocence.
There is only one problem, the presumption of innocence attaches after a charge has been filed. It is a courtroom standard for the judge and jury. Just because the police have arrested and the district attorney has charged the defendant, does not mean he is guilty. The prosecution must overcome the presumption of innocence “beyond a reasonable doubt,” in order to obtain a conviction.
The cops, in order to make an arrest must demonstrate “probable cause” to believe that the suspect committed the prohibited act. Probable cause is a combination of facts and circumstances that would lead a “reasonable person” to believe that offense occurred and that the suspect is responsible.
There is a gap between the two concepts of probable cause and beyond a reasonable doubt. Sometimes the gap is so narrow, one would be hard pressed to fit a razor blade in between. Other times there is room to sail the Queen Mary between the two. Most cases fall in between. It is the job of the prosecutor to take the measure.
Forget legal mumbo jumbo for a moment and just concentrate on the everyday understanding of presumption of innocence. Let’s assume the presumption of innocence attached as soon as a person became a suspect. How would anybody ever be arrested and brought to trial? “He did it, but I can’t arrest him because he is presumed innocent.
Which standard prevails, probable cause or presumption of innocence? If the concepts come into play at the same time, does one cancel the other out? Do the concepts work if each standard is followed, but applied at different stages of the process?
Smollett’s attorneys are trying some hocus pocus. “Watch closely, my hands never leave my wrists.”
The MSM are the shills for these cut rate magicians.
In speaking, one may use their own words, but they don’t get to choose their definition at odds with common understanding.