A person is innocent until proven guilty, in a court of law.
A person is innocent, until proven guilty in a court of law.
The difference between the two statements is the comma, and that makes all the difference. The statement says that in a court of law you have the presumption of innocence, which means that the onus is on the state to prove your guilt, absence of the proof of guilt the court must find you "not guilty". However, if I punch you in the nose, I am guilty of punching you in the nose...you know it, I know it and anyone who witnesses the act knows it. I am guilty of it whether we go to court or not...if I did it, I did it. If he stole it, he's guilty. Now, in court (if we go) I am presumed innocent and the state must prove my guilt. If the man goes to court the state must prove he stole it...being caught on video and being found by the police with the watch on your wrist is some compelling evidence.