Twitter Lectures Pelosi On Criminal Justice System After Erroneous Trump Tweet

  • 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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