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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 7 years ago

If a man is framed in court, does that prove he is innocent?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alger_Hiss

Alger Hiss

Alger Hiss was a prominent FDR administration lawyer.

He was charged with perjury in 1950, in connection with an earlier espionage charge.

He was convicted and sent to federal prison after his own defense lawyers framed him with evidence that was later found to be fabricated and bogus.

If a man is framed by his own defense team, does that prove he was innocent?

Why was one of the top lawyers in the country framed by his own lawyers?

Update:

john, the ones who framed him were his own defense team.

Not one of them was put on trial for the deception of the court.

As you said, it takes more than one person to pull a maneuver like this.

There had to be a reason why his defense team was not prosecuted for framing their own client.

Update 2:

Maxwell, I believe you are on the right track.

There WAS evidence of his guilt. But it could not be revealed in court, due to reasons of national security.

We now know J. Edgar Hoover had proof of Hiss' guilt. But he would not reveal it in public because it was obtained unexpectedly as a result of a top secret project that could not be revealed to the public.

Hoover probably informed the defense team that he had the information, and he may have shown them enough evidence that the defense team was afraid their reputation would be ruined if it came out later that they knowingly defended a communist spy and falsely claimed he was innocent.

So they had to frame Hiss to preserve their own reputations. Hoover was a powerful man, and he would have been sure to ruin them all if Hiss was acquitted.

Update 3:

Maxwell, I believe you are on the right track.

There WAS evidence of his guilt. But it could not be revealed in court, due to reasons of national security.

We now know J. Edgar Hoover had proof of Hiss' guilt. But he would not reveal it in public because it was obtained unexpectedly as a result of a top secret project that could not be revealed to the public.

Hoover probably informed the defense team that he had the information, and he may have shown them enough evidence that the defense team was afraid their reputation would be ruined if it came out later that they knowingly defended a communist spy and falsely claimed he was innocent.

So they had to frame Hiss to preserve their own reputations. Hoover was a powerful man, and he would have been sure to ruin them all if Hiss was acquitted.

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  • 7 years ago
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    No.

    It proves someone was willing to break the law to convict him.

    Maybe he was framed because he was actually innocent....maybe he was framed because he was guilty and someone feared he'd escape justice.

  • 7 years ago

    It does not prove it as such, but it raises serious questions about the guilt.

    Just because the evidence is fake does not mean that it is not the guilty person who is being framed. Though it should get the framed person a new trial. And the framing people should be put on trial for their role as well.

  • 7 years ago

    It is not necessary for defense attorneys or the person charged to have participated in creating false evidence--when interpretation and use of the false information usually draws a clear line to the intent or motive. Doing what is easy, is usually indicative of intent. It's what they choose to ignore that helps to find who or what is the entity that profits. It does not necessarily mean (s)he is innocent, but it may not be enough to actually charge them considering a burden of proof. It requires power to push false evidence through a court.

    If there can be established a pattern of creating false evidence, use of false evidence, and refusal to correct false evidence--that usually indicates there are more than one person involved. Those that suppress that evidence then become implicit. Establishing precedent is never easy.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    No

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