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    Presumption of innocence is the principle in criminal law that every person is innocent until a court finds them guilty.

    Victoria Law Foundation. “Legal glossary” (2015)

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    Another presumption of innocence definition is the principle that every accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty and that the state has the burden of proving every element of the crime charged beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)

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    A hallowed principle of criminal law that a person is innocent of a crime until proven guilty. The government has the burden of proving every element of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt and the defendant has no burden to prove his innocence.

    National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)