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1 Apr 2023
Jack Montgomery

NextImg:Farage Dunks on Pelosi for Not Understanding American Legal System

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has taken former U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi to task for saying Donald Trump must “prove [his] innocence” following an indictment in New York.

“Pelosi says Trump must prove his innocence. Wrong!” said the longtime Trump ally in a post on Elon Musk’s Twitter.

“In free countries that’s now how it works,” Farage added, declaring the Democratic Party is “now very dangerous indeed.”

Pelosi, 83, had written in a Twitter post of her own: “The Grand Jury [which indicted Trump] acted upon the facts and the law.

“No one is above the law, and everyone has a right to prove innocence.

“Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right.”

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In reality, Americans do not have the “right” to prove their innocence, with it being a key principle of American and indeed English law that people accused of crimes are innocent until proven guilty — not the other way around.

As of the time of publication, Pelosi’s post had even been slapped with a context note asserting in no uncertain terms: “Ms. Pelosi mistakenly says that Trump can prove his innocence at trial. Law in the US assumes the innocence of a defendant and the prosecution must prove guilt for a conviction.”

The note links out to a Cornell Law School article on the presumption of innocence for anyone looking for further explanation.

“A presumption of innocence means that any defendant in a criminal trial is assumed to be innocent until they have been proven guilty,” it explains, adding that the concept “has been recognized as one of the most basic requirements of a fair trial.”

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