When the prosecution says it has more than 100 pieces of evidence against someone charged with a white collar crime, your first reaction might be that the defendant must be guilty. But that assumes that the evidence actually proves the defendant’s guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutors can present a mountain of documents and other evidence to the jury, but if that mountain does not establish guilt, the jury’s duty is to find the defendant not guilty.
The jury in a Michigan embezzlement trial took just two hours recently to find the former employee of an auto body shop not guilty, despite examining more than 100 exhibits presented by the prosecution. Afterward, the defendant’s attorney said that his client should never have been charged in the first place, and that the verdict showed that “the evidence wasn’t there” that the defendant had taken up to $24,000 from her employer.