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).
Glazier is represented by high-profile attorney Robert Shapiro, who said there were other suspected arsonists in the area, and that the prosecution had not proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
All those who think Michael Jackson got away with criminal behavior because in their imagination he was guilty should move to Russia where you don't need proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict someone.
was found not guilty, it is then imperative that adulterer-jerk Scott Peterson be found guilty on flimsy circumstantial evidence that certainly is not beyond a reasonable doubt (no witnesses, no motive, no blood, no cement anchors, etc.
Glazier's guilt as to these arsons, and it's certainly far from being beyond a reasonable doubt,'' Greenspan said outside court.
Granada Hills football co-coach Tom Harp thought he proved beyond a reasonable doubt that his team was better than Grant of Van Nuys in a 41-6 victory to open the season.
Saying he had chosen ``after much deliberation'' to prosecute Bryant, Hurlbert said he is confident he has marshaled witnesses and physical evidence powerful enough to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt against one of professional sports' most popular figures.
Powell has proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Hussein continues to violate U.
After reviewing all the medical evidence, we believe the evidence shows beyond a reasonable doubt that the beating he inflicted on his father was the cause of his father's death and hastened his death,'' Deputy District Attorney Alisanne Scolnik said.
In this case, no one would ever be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the nearly $300,000 Maguire raised for the bond at a $1,000- per-person fund-raiser had anything to do with his landing a whopper of a deal to lease the district some prime real estate in the KPMG building to house its bloated bureaucracy.