"11. We're Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty. Nobody
should be blamed for doing something until it is proven. When people
say we did a bad thing we have the right to show it is not true."
Now read the short story about this important human right.
We're Always Innocent Till Proven Guilty
is not happy when he is called to jury duty. He does not want to be a
juror. He is too busy to go to court. He just wants to get his duty
over with as soon as possible.
When Justin sees the accused
person, he thinks that he must be guilty. The man looks guilty. He acts
guilty. He sounds guilty. So, he must be guilty, right?
few hours, the jurors take a break. Justin overhears other jurors talk
about the accused person's rights. He hears one of them say, "He is
innocent until proven guilty."
Justin asks, "I hear that often, but what does that really mean?"
other juror says, "It means that as far as we know, this man is
innocent. We do not assume anything at this point. Just put yourself in
his shoes. What if someone accuses you of something one day? You will
want people to believe you are innocent!"
Justin thinks about it for a minute. "You are right," he says. I did not think about it that way. Thank you."
the rest of the day, Justin thinks about this awesome human right. He
promises himself to do his best as a juror. He promises to protect this
man's human right. He is innocent until proven otherwise!