It was in movies and legal dramas. You could see it in the newspapers. We learned about it in textbooks.
"In America," people would say, "you are always innocent until proven guilty."
I didn't really understand what that meant as a child. But it sounded great.
My teachers clung to the idea, explaining to me how this core bedrock value of American justice is what separated us from the Soviets.
It was one of the things that made us free.
But only decades later when I had finally grown a brain and started thinking for myself that I realized the 'innocent until proven guilty' nonsense was as much of a myth as Zeus hurling thunderbolts from the top of Mount Olympus.
You can see this everywhere now in the Land of the Free, and all over the western world. Especially when it comes to money.