English Law

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Posted by Neuromancer on November 17, 1997 at 15:52:03:

In Reply to: Re: on the subject of troublesome lines... posted by bill rooks on November 16, 1997 at 15:45:47:

: First post guys.....go easy on me. But I think I have the key
: to this line, Munro's attitude, and our misconceptions about English justice. You see, England, as do we, ensure a fair trial. That is part of English justice. HOWEVER, in England, and France and most other European countries.....the accused is
: presumed GUILTY unless proven innocent. It is the defense attorney's job to DISPROVE the case against his client, not the
: duty of the state to PROVE the case. Therein lies the difference.

As a law student in the England, take it from me that the existance of English Common Law means that in England, the Commonwealth and some former colonies (esp. the USA) Law is very similar. Here in England, it is innocent until proven guilty, whereas in most of the rest of Europe (as you quite rightly said) it is guilty until proven innocent - a bit unfortunate for us Crown Prosecution guys. Oh well.

Well there it is, it is truely fascinating to observe the range of people that are to be found on this site.

Welcome aboard anyway, pleased to have you.

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