Vigilantism State had a weak case against Delta 8 - Ace Ankomah

He argued that the state had a weak case because it could not gather enough evidence to ensure a successful trial, saying in criminal trial, the standard of proof is "way heavier."

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Lawyer Ace Ankomah has backed the legal advice of the principal state attorney in Kumasi that saw the discharged of eight members of Delta Force standing trail for court disturbances.

He argued that the state had a weak case because it could not gather enough evidence to ensure a successful trial, saying in criminal trial, the standard of proof is "way heavier."

In a Facebook post, he said: “The reality is that the law doesn't really care about your truth. The law only cares about what you can prove. If what you can prove leads us to the truth, that would be perfect. But for the most part, your real truth alone may not win the day if it isn't backed by evidence. Evidence, even false evidence, beats the truth if truth has no evidence.”

“Trying a criminal case isn't a walk in the park. In civil matters, the case is proved based on the ‘preponderance of evidence’, which simply means whose evidence has the greater weight? Who has the more convincing evidence? Whose evidence is probably accurate or the truth?

“But in a criminal trial, the standard of proof is way higher, way bigger and way heavier: beyond reasonable doubt. This is based on the strong presumption that the accused is innocent until proved guilty.

“A case is only as good as the evidence that backs it.  So let the police get back on the beat and bring something that ties some people to the offence. Till then, leave the A-G and the Senior State Attorney alone,” he said.

He made the comments following the discharge of eight members of the Delta Force, a vigilante group associated with the New Patriotic Party.

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