Foreign Law: Until Proven Innocent


Ever since he drove across the border into Mexico, Dykes Simmons, 38, has had good reason to reflect upon the problems of American suspects abroad. For seven years, while he has sweated out a death sentence in his sun-baked prison cell in Monterrey, the Fort Worth crane operator, now a convicted murderer, has pondered the harsh fact that whatever Mexican law says, an American defendant may well have to prove his innocence in the face of assumed guilt. In a U.S. court, a prosecutor would have had to prove Simmons' guilt beyond...

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