A person is considered guilty until his innocence is proven.

@manong05 (5030)
Philippines
February 16, 2007 10:24am CST
I've always thought that it is the other way around i.e. a person is considered innocent until proven guilty. Which is which? I mean what is actually happening.
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@maribel1218 (3085)
• Philippines
18 Feb 07
On my 3rd year on my law proper course and in some of my research in criminal cases this was the real case in which the suspect was treated to be guilty unless otherwise proven innocent and not the same way around that suspect is considered innocent until proven guilty. What makes worst in this scenario are trial by publicity by which they really made a verdict to the suspect on thier own opinion without any thoughts of the other face of the coin. Our justice systems is not working effectively because it tooks years to decide a case and if the suspect is innocent he spend years in prison thinking that he really didn't make a crime and wasted so much time and opportunities on the prison cell and most of all he just lost his good reputation.
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@manong05 (5030)
• Philippines
18 Feb 07
Nice to hear from someone who has actually done studies on law and criminal cases. Yes, although what we often hear is that a person is considered innocent until proven guilty the actual fact is that they are already looked upon as guilty while proving their innocence. I agree with you that trial by publicity is worse and we see this happening all the time specially with celebrated cases. Precious lives are wasted. The media being considered as the fourth estate can sometimes influence the final verdict since they already have judged the person in people's minds.