Innocent until proven guilty, or guilty until proven innocent?


To the Editor:

In 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 11 states that "everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty."

It's human nature to judge a person right away whether they are guilty or innocent. People are influenced by false rumors and one-sided stories. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression. The laws are to protect all people and not meant to be used for self benefit.

It seems that the press focuses on the negative and not the positive. When someone is charged with a crime, they report it. But when that person is cleared of all charges, the press will not report it. Like Bill O'Reilly states, "The Spin Stops Here."

Owen Jenrich


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