The Tortured Trail of Instructing the Jury on Presumption of Innocence In Kentucky


Almost everyone is aware of the existence of what is called the presumption of innocence, but many know little about its origins and its historical application in criminal proceedings. The object of this article is to trace the jurisprudential origins of the presumption of innocence and the historical and present use of a jury instruction explaining its meaning.

This article is devoted to a general review of the origins of the presumption and its specific application to Kentucky law.

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