- Nov 2009
No, it's a fact. A person being presumed innocent is not the same as a person being innocent. That presumed innocent person may yet turn out to be innocent... but he may be guilty also. It's easy enough to demonstrate. Every criminal in jail today was presumed innocent before being proven guilty. Also, there are recorded cases where defendants are released not because their guilt or innocence was demonstrated, but because of procedural error. Other times you might have a talented lawyer that is able to get their client off in spite of their factual guilt.I'm well aware that Mueller included that statement along the same notes, something to the effect that "just because we couldn't prove guilt does not mean he is innocent" which is completely wrong.
All of this is common sense.