Even if the phrase "presumption of innocence" is repeatedly added, it is sufficient for most journalists if a public prosecutor has brought charges to convict a delinquent. Whether suspected diesel fraud at Daimler or bringing charges against Martin Winterkorn: for most media they are considered guilty.
Let us just remember the charges against ex-Porsche boss Wendelin Wiedeking. Ten years ago, the public prosecutor's office investigated him for breach of trust and market manipulation. The Stuttgart district court initially did not want to admit the complaint, but the case was then referred to an economic criminal chamber by the higher regional court. The prosecution ordered two and a half years in prison, but the court acquitted Wiedeking with splendor and glory. "There is nothing in the allegations of the Stuttgart public prosecutor's office, nothing - neither in the front, nor in the back, nor in the middle," judge Frank Maurer, the judge at the Stuttgart district court. Nevertheless, the public prosecutor's office requested a face-to-face appeal, but withdrew it. Even then, many media had quasi-guilty the ex-Porsche boss in numerous articles.