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Old April 6, 2010, 10:12 PM   #39
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In civil legal proceedings the inference switches the burden of proof to the other party. Following the example, if it's proven you have a MJ card, it is presumed you consume and you have to prove you do not by whatever means.

In a criminal proceeding said inference is not permited by the Constitution. You don't have to prove your inocense. The burden of proof to show you are guilty of commiting a crime beyond a reasonable doubt lies on the prosecutor. An inference doesn't fulfill the quantum of proof to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt nor can it switch the burden of proof for a man is inocent until prooven guilty.
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