Alleged

CNN said:

One of the FBI’s Top 10 most wanted fugitives and the inspiration for the 2006 Martin Scorsese film, “The Departed,” [name redacted] – once head of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang – was sought in connection with 19 slayings and a slew of other alleged crimes.

…and I wondered: the crimes are alleged, but the slayings are not. Why?

I hate seeing the word ‘alleged’ in crime reporting. It’s a weasel word, by which journalists pretend to honor the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ (and defend themselves against libel suits).