Seriously. How bad does this year have to get before we stop using it as a justification for policy?
Arts and Culture
Ayn Rand’s rational self-interest should be rejected as…well, too self-interested.
The presumption of innocence is an excellent legal principle. It raises the standard necessary to convict a person (or persons) of a given crime and prevents countless wrongful convictions every year. The United Nations even considers it a basic human right. Would we not therefore be justifiably concerned if a court announced, “From now on, we will operate under the presumption of guilt, and anyone who is accused must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they did not commit the crime with which they were charged”? Wrongful convictions would be handed down constantly. Innumerable lives would be ruined if ever the wrongfully accused could not disprove false accusations.