beyond a reasonable doubt


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beyond a reasonable doubt

almost without any doubt. (A legal phrase.) The jury decided beyond a reasonable doubt that she had committed the crime. He was also found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
See also: beyond, doubt, reasonable
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If you find that the State proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the office of the sheriff did not misinform (defendant) or did not otherwise prevent [him] [her] from complying with the registration requirements, you should find (defendant) guilty, if all of the elements of the charge have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
In those circumstances you must give the benefit of the doubt to the accused and acquit because the Crown has failed to satisfy you of the guilt of the accused beyond a reasonable doubt.
22) In Winship, the Court held that the "Due Process Clause protects the accused against conviction except upon proof beyond a reasonable doubt of every fact necessary to constitute the crime with which he is charged.
This presumption places upon the State the burden of proving him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Justice Scalia, writing for the Court, noted that both the Fifth Amendment right to be convicted only on proof beyond a reasonable doubt and the Sixth Amendment right to jury trial were at stake, and that the harmless error analysis applied by the Louisiana Supreme Court deprived Sullivan of his jury trial right.
One additional state, Kansas, originally enacted a guideline system like Washington's but later amended it to require that any aggravating facts be found by a jury beyond a reasonable doubt.
Whether the state must disprove an affirmative defense beyond a reasonable doubt turns on whether the defense tends to negate an element of the crime alleged.
White, who took over last month as head deputy district attorney in the Antelope Valley, said he doubted that prosecutors could prove the case to 12 jurors beyond a reasonable doubt.
The deterrent would be enhanced by the bill's provision for civil fines of $250,000 or more, That option would enable the government to bankrupt property owners without having to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Furthermore, all drug statutes prohibiting possession of illegal drugs require that there be sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knowingly possessed the drugs.
Solomon explained: "It is truly difficult to distinguish, beyond a reasonable doubt, who was actually present during the incident.
and you also find beyond a reasonable doubt that during the commission of the crime, [he] [she] personally [carried] [displayed] [used] [threatened to use] [attempted to use] a firearm, you should find [him] [her] guilty of (felony) with a firearm.
Although Williams' supporters had long claimed his innocence, the overwhelming evidence proved otherwise, well beyond a reasonable doubt.
Because the Government did not dispute that it induced the defendant to order the pornography, the sole issue before the Court in Jacobson was whether the Government had proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was predisposed to order the illegal pornography before the Government intervened.
If those who pass judgment aren't that convinced by the evidence, then they'd have the option of finding the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.