Innocent Until….

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Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat. (The burden of proof lies with who declares, not who denies.)

A fellow PI quoted a young law student recently: She said, “I could never work for the defense. My moral code won’t allow it.”  Terrifying.

Last year we saw the release of Michael Morton, a man wrongfully accused, tried, and convicted of murdering his wife. He lost 25 years of his life to a miscarriage of justice. Last month David Ranta was released after being exonerated of a crime in which false testimony was the key evidence. The system squandered 23 years of his life. This month we hear from Pursuit Magazine contributor, Claire Gibson, the story of Ndume Olatushani. A state into which he had never set foot took 27 years from him.

From the occasional overzealous prosecutor to the inimitable (thank god) Nancy Grace, the impulse to cry guilty prior to trial is strong. In the Morton case, the prosecutor (now a judge) is facing a court of inquirythat will address his alleged misconduct. There is, at the very least, some degree of accountability for prosecutors.


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Ralph Thomas is author of over 32 books on various aspects of conducting investigations, founder and director of The National Association Of Investigative Specialists,CEO of Thomas Investigative Publications, Inc, The Spy Exchange And Security Center and SpyTek Wholesale Imports. Thomas is a member of the Executive Security Council of Griffith Colson Intelligence Service, a private intelligence agency. Thomas's latest project is NAIStv on the Griffith Media TV Network. He has also developed A Native American Store in Georgetown Texas called Tribal Impressions. You can review his person home page off of:

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