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“accused” or not…?

I always find it interesting where the term “accused” gets used or not in the news. For instance, this grab from the NYT:

Iran Imposes Death Sentence on U.S. Man Accused of Spying

Don’t get me wrong – I’m more than dubious of the charges myself (and certainly completely against the punishment). Still, he wasn’t just “accused” – he was found guilty (albeit by a compromised process). If it were an American court that little word, “accused”, would be missing.

Anyway, I just find it interesting. Sometimes even in American courts when someone is found guilty one wants to preface the outcome with “accused” too. Certainly that would apply to anyone tried in our kangaroo courts military tribunals.

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