Is there a word or phrase to define an individual who is declared guilty by a large section of society because of a crime that he may or may not have committed,but is found not guilty in a court of law ?
For example, back in the 90s, in the O.J.Simpson criminal trial, several opinion polls showed that a significant number of people thought O.J Simpson was guilty of the crime he was accused of. However, the Los Angeles County Superior Court found him to be not guilty. So according to most people he was guilty but according to the Court he was not guilty.
So what word or phrase can be used to describe an individual like O.J Simpson who is guilty according to a sizeable section of the society but is pronounced not guilty by court ?
I went through several books on Criminology but could not find such a word. Apart from that I also checked several media reports that covered the trial, but did not come across any such word.
I'm especially interested in a word. In case such a word doesn't exist, a phrase will do.