Not proven

The Jian Ghomeshi trial ended the way we thought it would, but not how we hoped it would. There are times I wish we had adopted the “third option” Scottish verdict. My people are both judgmental and pragmatic.

The result is the modern perception that the “not proven” verdict is an acquittal used when the judge or jury does not have enough evidence to convict but is not sufficiently convinced of the accused person’s innocence to bring in a “not guilty” verdict. Essentially, the judge or jury is unconvinced that the suspect is innocent, but has insufficient evidence to the contrary. In popular parlance, this verdict is sometimes jokingly referred to as “not guilty and don’t do it again”.

Source: Not proven – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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