Innocent Until Proven Guilty: Origin, Law & Meaning


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Innocent until proven guilty can be best characterized as which of the following:

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1. The theory of innocent until proven guilty dates back to which of the following:

2. In Coffin vs. U.S, the court clarified which of the following as it pertains to the theory of innocent until proven guilty:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Those accused of crimes are protected by the presumption they are innocent until proven guilty. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of how the principle came to be. You'll be tested on areas that include when the theory began, court case that clarified the principle, and burden of proof in a criminal proceeding.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following aspects of innocent until proven guilty:

  • Origins of the principle
  • Burden of proof
  • Case law
  • The US Constitution

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of innocent until proven guilty
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how the Constitution protects the principle and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the origin of this principle
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about innocent until proven guilty in the law

Additional Learning

To learn more about innocent until proven guilty, review the accompanying lesson, Innocent Until Proven Guilty: Origin, Law & Meaning. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand what is required of a defendant
  • Identify Coffin's crime
  • Identify the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Explain the meaning of innocent until proven guilty