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  • HORACE RUMPOLE, of the Old Bailey, maintained that he would NEVER plead guilty, because the Golden Thread that runs through our jurisprudence is the immutable principle that any defendant is deemed innocent until he is proven, to a jury of his peers, guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. That is not the domain of politics or Political Correctness; it is the domain of Law.

    And society has an interest in finality of a jury's verdict (after any relevant appeal period has run its course), which is why we have the rule against placing a defendant in jeopardy twice after he or she's been acquitted.

    So, as all the people on the winning side after the last Presidential election were so fond of saying to those on the losing side, it's time to suck it up and move on.
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