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Letter: Proving a negative

  • Author: John Jensen
    | Opinion
  • Updated: December 27, 2020
  • Published December 27, 2020

In reference to the Texas lawsuit against four states, alleging voter fraud, Alaska Public Media quoted our governor: “‘If it does exist, then that needs to be rectified. If it doesn’t exist, then that needs to be proven as well,’ Dunleavy said.”

In reality, most of us understand that the burden of proof lies with person who makes the positive statement. Nobody should be allowed to make charges and then expect that the person or institution charged is then responsible to establish his or her innocence.

An example: If someone charged me with being a nonresident of Alaska, it would be up to that person to prove me guilty. I would not be responsible to prove myself innocent.Most of us Americans support the concept of innocence until proven guilty.

— John Jensen

Anchorage

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