Wrong. You’d be forgiven for thinking
this, given that it was in the prepared statement read out by his
solicitor, but Ched Evans has not “demonstrated his innocence”.
not how our criminal justice system operates.
It is not a means by which
the truth of a situation or event is conclusively and fully determined.
Rather the jury are asked one simple question – are you sure that the
prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt (or, as juries
are commonly instructed, so that you are sure)? “Not guilty” means just
that. The jury were not sure that he was guilty. They may have
decided that he was totally, utterly innocent, but we don’t know. All
we know is that they considered the evidence, and were less than sure of
As I tell juries in every closing speech – if you think the
defendant probably did it, he’s still not guilty.