Presumed Innocence

I found myself distracted by the actions of the judge conducting the trial I participated in recently. I watched a judge that seemed be so meticulous in questioning potential jurors but who could barely contain what I perceived as his contempt for and impatience with the defense.

As the jurors found out after the verdict, this particular defendant had a pretty extensive list of crimes. But if the jurors are to presume a defendant innocent of the crime for which he or she is on trial, shouldn’t the judge also be perceived as impartial?

Inhale Impartial, Exhale Prejudiced…
Inhale Intentional, Exhale Unconsciousness…
Inhale Innocence, Exhale Presumed Guilt…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

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