Reply To: Judge rules molestation conviction requires proof of intent

Due process still exists

This is from another SOL website that was too good to not share here:

” ‘You write into the law that we have to prove sexual motivation and now you have created a burden that currently does not exist in Arizona law.

The due process clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments ‘[protect] the accused against conviction except upon proof beyond a reasonable doubt of every fact necessary to constitute the crime with which he is charged.’

Seemingly the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office wants to skip over the part where one is considered innocence until proven guilty by a jury of his peers, and just lock people up.”

Hopefully, if the appeal is heard at the next level, they realize this basic fundamental part known as due process of the law still exists in our country and shouldn’t be disregarded just because AZ law does not specifically call it out.