Weighing up the Law on Presumption of Innocence

The presumption of innocence is an international protective legal norm – whether in civil or common law jurisdictions. It’s an integral part of the principle of fairness. We are increasingly witnessing a sustained assault on this time tested legal principle.

In Nigeria, in 2009, Mohammed Yusuf the acclaimed leader of the ferocious and violent Islamic sect, which goes by the name Boko Haram, was brutally ‘murdered’ by the police. He was shot with cuffs in hands by the Nigerian police. Where was the presumption of innocence? Without prejudice to the on going investigation of the tragic death of young Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman in some quarters, is already presumed guilty. Where is the presumption of innocence?  It seems there is the tendency that we confuse presumption of innocence with other concepts. For a didactic analysis of presumptions, assumptions and assertions, and how they colour our perceptions of crime, read herehttp://surftofind.com/justice

2 responses to “Weighing up the Law on Presumption of Innocence

  1. Yes, but. . .
    In the referenced relationship between an African police killing a man in handcuffs to the American public having passed judgment on Zimmerman seems a stretch.

    There is considerable evidence that Martin was presumed guilty by Zimmerman. . . Yes? or No?
    Must the public always agree with a court finding even with the extensive knowledge of court corruption?
    Must the public wait without discussion until the government acts? On what basis should the public be limited to the concept that government is always correct in its actions or lack of action?
    Public outcry over inaction by the government would be non-existent if the information about the shooting of Martin was with-held, or the public was required to keep quiet until after the government acted, which in the Zimmerman case appears to be engaged in a cover-up rather than being honest.

  2. According to Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute:.
    January 13, 2012, the ‘Concordia’ grounded and partially sunk resulting in passenger injuries and death.
    Because working in an offshore industry has a high risk.

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