Innocent until proven guilty

In this country there are many people who have been alleged to have committed crimes which leads to their arrest. But that doesn’t mean the individual actually committed the crime. Most recently celebrities such as Empire actor Jussie Smollett was indicted on 16 disorderly conduct felony counts by a grand jury. The incumbent president of the United States, the honorable, Donald J. Trump has been accused of “Russian Collusion” during the 2016 Presidential election and has been accused of sexual assault by many women. Two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck have alleged in the HBO documentary, “Leaving Neverland” that they were molested as children by the deceased “King of Pop” Michael Jackson. Hip hop artist Robert Sylvester “R.” Kelly was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Just because the court of public opinion says that these celebrities are guilty of the crimes that they’re alleged to have committed that doesn’t mean that’s the fact. Every American should have the right to of due process of law.

The United States Constitution entitles that every single American is guaranteed the presumption of innocence. No matter what an individual is being accused of in this country, they are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. I do believe that every single American male or female who says they have been victimized deserves to be heard. The fact remains the burden of proof still lies with the accuser and the presumption of innocence still remains the foundation of the American justice system for the protection of the accused.

Furthermore I strongly believe to assume an American is guilty based solely on the word of an individual who can offer no proof or evidence to support that allegation is fundamentally un-American which also sets a dangerous standard for our country. You cannot convict someone in the court of public opinion but if they ever did they would be violating every American’s Constitutional right to their civil liberties. With that said Jussie Smollett, President Donald J. Trump, Michael Jackson, and R. Kelly are all innocent unitil proven guilty by a court of law.

JOSEPH EDWARD BENTON JR.

Gloversville