Innocent

Ever wondered who introduced the phrase “innocent until proven guilty”?

That was William Garrow, a British barrister, politician and judge born in 1760 and died in 1840. Living 80 years in those days was quite an accomplishment in itself – the average lifespan then was only 30 – 35 years. So he, in effect, lived more than two lifetimes.

His life’s work included the indirect reform of the courts and advocacy system, which helped bring about the court system now used in most developed nations.

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