beyond a reasonable doubt


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beyond a reasonable doubt

With confidence; without any doubt. This phrase is most commonly heard in legal proceedings. The jury acquitted him because they could not say that he was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
See also: beyond, doubt, reasonable

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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While association between suspects may be relevant when deciding probable cause to arrest, association alone is never sufficient to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
75) The court informed the jury that if the State failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt any of the material elements of a particular crime, then it was the jury's duty to find Victor not guilty of that particular crime.
If the defendant did not prove (insert appropriate burden of persuasion) that the[office of the sheriff] [Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles] misinformed [him][her] or otherwise prevented [him][her] from complying, you should find [him] [her] guilty if all the elements of the charge have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
Using these factors, the court found that no reasonable jury could find beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was predisposed to sell drugs independent of the insistent and threatening actions of the informant.
and you also find beyond a reasonable doubt that during the commission of the crime the defendant committed an aggravated battery, you should find the defendant guilty of (felony) with an aggravated battery.
If you find that the [begin strikethrough]state has proven the crime of[end strikethrough] defendant committed (crime charged or a lesser included crime) beyond a reasonable doubt, but [begin strikethrough]has not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that[end strikethrough] you are not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that [he] ]she] did so by intentionally selecting the victim based on [begin strikethrough]the defendant was motivated by[end strikethrough] prejudice, [begin strikethrough]to commit the crime[end strikethrough], then you should find the defendant guilty of only (crime charged or a lesser included crime).