Taming the Presumption of Innocence

Richard Lippke
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  • Provides a clearly-defined and defended account of the role of the presumption of innocence in criminal procedure.
  • Examines the possible roles the presumption of innocence might play in the pre- and post-adjudication contexts, and explains how a non-presumption of guilt can better play those roles.
  • Explains what a defensible account of the presumption of innocence would look like and demonstrates how many contemporary accounts fall short of that standard.
  • Presents important new ideas for reforming the American criminal justice system.


Lippke, R.L. (2016). Taming the Presumption of Innocence. New York: Oxford University Press.