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Taming the Presumption of Innocence

Richard L. Lippke


This book provides an account of the presumption of innocence in criminal law and procedure. It maintains that the presumption is a vital component of the proof structure of criminal trials. Trials in which the accused are presumed innocent, the burden of proving their guilt is on the government, and the standard of proof is exacting, constitute rigorous tests of the government’s accusations against persons. Such a test is one to which the most basic rights of persons entitle them as a precondition of just punishment. However, the book defends the controversial thesis that, outside of the crim ... More

Keywords: presumption of innocence, criminal procedure, criminal trial, legal punishment, nonpresumption of guilt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190469191
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190469191.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard L. Lippke, author
Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington