The legal gospels according to St. Robert and St. James … GUPI

Mueller & Comey seem to have their own rules of jurisprudence.


Here’s an example that should leave you scratching your head.


GUPI is an acronym that I coined and oft-used in my courses.



For example, I’d assert that – in business turnaround situations – all costs should be considered GUPI – Guilty Until Proven Innocent.

I thought GUPI was a cute(and potentially memorable) play on the legal principle of Innocent Until Proven Guilty.

Never – not for a moment – did I think that GUPI would become foundation to American law as exercised by Special Counsel Mueller … who was explicitly granted prosecutorial; authority.

‘’Prosecution’ – not ‘exoneration’ -’is what prosecutors do.

Otherwise, they’d be called ‘exonerators’ … not prosecutors.

Apparently, Mueller missed that class in law school/

By stating that he didn’t have sufficient evidence to exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice, tossed a critical legal principle.

Now, defendants must prove their innocence … otherwise, they should be presumed guilty … subject to public criminal branding … until they prove their innocence beyond the shadow of a reasonable doubt.


Come to think about it, GUPI is kinda how traffic court works.

Maybe Mueller was just elevating the principle to a higher level.

Think about the implications … some day, you may be on the hot seat.

How might you feel if the judge compels you to prove your innocence beyond a reasonable doubt?

That might be a high bar that you wouldn’t want to face.


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One Response to “The legal gospels according to St. Robert and St. James … GUPI”

  1. Alex Says:

    You’re better than this, Professor Homa.

    “After that investigation, if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that,” Mueller said during his eight-minute address. While he didn’t mention impeachment directly, Mueller said the Constitution requires a “process other than the criminal justice system” to take disciplinary action against a sitting president.

    In case you did not actually read 450 page the Mueller report before writing this piece here is a link.

    Click to access report.pdf

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