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Letter: A matter of principle.

Byline: Andrew Carey

I WOULD like to challenge three of the letter writers in Monday's Racing Post over their claims that British law operates on an 'innocent until proven guilty' principle.

This is not so. There exists a principle within the court room that a person is 'innocent if not proven guilty'' in other words, if the prosecution cannot prove a man guilty beyond reasonable doubt then we shall find him innocent.

It is quite wrong, though, to replace 'if not' with 'until' and extend this principle outside the courtroom to the period while that person is awaiting trial.

Right now, Messrs Fallon, Lynch and Williams could be either guilty or innocent, and most of us simply don't know which.

Andrew Carey

Seaham, County Durham
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 11, 2006
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