Can we either say I believe his innocence or I believe him innocent?

  • You believe his version of events, so you believe in his innocence. – deadrat Jul 10 '16 at 7:26
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    "His innocence" suggests that this quality is apparent or intrinsic, a bit like "his height" - not necessarily something open to belief. However, "I believe in his innocence" is quite standard, and means almost exactly the same as "I believe him innocent". – Chappo Jul 10 '16 at 8:39

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