Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “Our System is ‘Innocent Until Proven Guilty’ Only for the Rich”

By Staff | February 10, 2019 | 10:26am EST
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Getty Images/Rick Loomis)

( - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.-N.Y.) sent out a series of Tweets on Saturday night condemning what she sees as systemic injustice in the U.S. justice system.

“All too often, our criminal justice system—from tickets to convictions—is treated as a game, where the one racks up the most ‘points’ wins,” she said.

“Paired w/foolish criminalization of marijuana, poverty, etc., it wrecks chaos on people’s lives + stagnates communities for generations,” she continued.

“As a result, our system is ‘innocent until proven guilty’ only for the rich & ‘guilty until proven innocent’ for the poor,” Ocasio-Cortez continued in a following Tweet.

“To borrow from @ZephyrTeachout, the RADICAL rule of law is the idea that in the same scenario, our courts would treat a billionaire the same as a Bronx teen.”

In following Tweet, she said: “It does not mean the treatment + presumption of guilt before a verdict. It does not mean we aim for the most positive punishment.

“It means,” she said, “that in the eyes of the law we treat everyone the same. That’s far from what our current justice system does. And that’s why it must change.”



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