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Example of Guilt by Association

'Guilt by association' is the process of arbitrarily assigning guilt on the basis of a person's perceived relationships to places, events, situations or other people involved in situations. Its common usage is as a negative, implying that the association may be irrelevant or circumstantial to the subject. In legal practice, associations between parties are a natural element in any assessment of crimes, but presumption of innocence is the legal rule, which is a further connotation of the common use of the expression.

Examples of Guilt by Association:

You're living on the same planet as me, so you must have stolen my sandwich.