Re: Blind support
> innocent until proven guilty
If you squint the right way that phrase is ok. The problem with it is that there is an indirect implication of guilt and the problem is simply proving that.
> innocent unless proven guilty
That phrasing is better but it still allows people (usually the shock jocks) to focus on the proven bit and not the innocent/guilty question. "We know t'was you what done it. We just aren't allowed to waterboard a confession (mutters something about partisan activist judges).
I prefer something like "starts from the presumption of innocence". The exact legal principle we are talking about comes from the Latin
"ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat"
The burden of proof is on the one who declares, not on one who denies
It is based on the knowledge that our capabilities to investigate are limited by skills, resources, technology and environmental factors. Because of these limitations, sometimes we cannot know for sure one way or the other. Sometimes we might be 99% sure of innocence or 99.99% sure of guilt, but convicting an innocent person is much more abhorrent than wrongly releasing a guilty person.
I'm proud of that legal tradition. It's a shame that our elected representatives so often come up with brain farts that counter this principle.
So on this case, Hutchins denies the charge. He might be innocent. He might be guilty. Each and every reader of this comment is in one of those two categories for this crime. He has been charged (declared), so at least the authority there thinks that they have a case. Well fine, but theirs is the burden of proof, not him.