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's just remember the indictment 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 regional court initially refused to admit the lawsuit, but the higher regional court referred the case to a commercial criminal chamber. The public prosecutor's office demanded two and a half years in prison, but the court acquitted Wiedeking with glamor. "There is nothing to the allegations of the Stuttgart public prosecutor's office, nothing - neither in front, in the back, nor in the middle", judges the presiding judge Frank Maurer at the Stuttgart district court. Nevertheless, the public prosecutor sought to save face with an appeal against the judgment, but withdrew it again. Back then, too, many of the media found the ex-Porsche boss quasi guilty in numerous articles.