The English language is frequently abused and misused, sometimes for effect and sometimes in ignorance. There is one particularly well-established phrase that doesn’t mean what we often think it means: “Innocent until proven guilty.”
What that actually implies is that proof of guilt is guaranteed; it’s just a matter of time.
I sometimes wonder if a lawyer has ever objected to use of this phrase. Speech in a court especially should correctly state facts.
Unless our laws are to be changed, when speaking about an individual to be tried for a crime, what we should be saying is “innocent unless proven guilty.”
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James H. Wilson