- California Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi tweeted that former President Donald Trump must prove he is innocent – the complete opposite of the American legal system, which assumes defendants are innocent until proven guilty.
- Pelosi, however, wrongly claimed that “everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence” and that the justice system gives Trump that right.
- Pelosi made the statement on Twitter and was shut down by Twitter’s fact-checking system Community Notes. It reminded the former Speaker:
- “Ms. Pelosi mistakenly says that Trump can prove his innocence at trial. Law in the US assumes the innocence of a defendant and the prosecution must prove guilt for a conviction. A presumption of innocence means that any defendant in a criminal trial is assumed to be innocent until they have been proven guilty.
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The Grand Jury has acted upon the facts and the law.
No one is above the law, and everyone has the right to a trial to prove innocence.
Hopefully, the former President will peacefully respect the system, which grants him that right.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 31, 2023
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