(Here is the latest edition of the Institute for Justice’s weekly Short Circuit newsletter, written by John Ross.)

In Colorado, people who have their criminal convictions vacated must petition the gov’t to have any fees they paid as a result of their conviction returned. The practice flips the presumption of innocence on its head: Even without a valid conviction, Colorado presumes petitioners are guilty and places the burden on them to prove otherwise. The Supreme Court will soon weigh in on this state of affairs. Click here to read IJ’s amicus brief on the history and tradition of the presumption of innocence.
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