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Err on the Side of Innocence <— Ben Franklin <— Blackstone

23 Nov

Blackstone’s Ratio, mentioned by Ben Franklin in this quote, identifies why the benefit of the doubt must always be given to the accused, especially if the accusation is really bad.

That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved.

Benjamin Franklin, letter to Benjamin Vaughan (1785)

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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Politics

 

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