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Loaded question..... your teacher wants you to THINK on this one. Thus, I'm going to ride the fence here and tell you that I don't agree with either principle. Our court systems are set up in specific ways for specific reasons. I believe in "guilty beyond a reasonable doubt," and yet I don't want the guilty to go free.
As for the innocent being wrongly convicted.... I would have seen this question in a completely different way before DNA, but over time this problem has rapidly decreased. Technology makes this mistake evermore rare, but if we look back at the number of wrongly convicted people and even those we've seen freed in the last 15 years..... this would have been the worse of the two scenarios to me.