reasonable doubt


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reasonable doubt,

n a standard of proof in court proceedings in which the prosecution must convince those in court that the accused is more than likely guilty of the offense with which he is charged.

Patient discussion about reasonable doubt

Q. I doubt the only reason could be that she is diabetic ….. What may be the other reasons? My sweet wife is in her 1st trimester and the doctor has described it as a very high risk pregnancy, I don’t understand why it is being called a high risk pregnancy…I doubt the only reason could be that she is diabetic ….. What may be the other reasons?

A. Risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy can include:

- Young or old maternal age
- Being overweight or underweight
- Having had problems in previous pregnancies
- Pre-existing health conditions, such as high blood pressure, anemia, diabetes, or HIV

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It appears to be established, beyond any reasonable doubt, that he was killed (while he was asleep, or immediately on his waking) by being smothered with a pillow from his bed-- that the persons guilty of murdering him are the three Indians-- and that the object contemplated (and achieved) by the crime, was to obtain possession of the diamond, called the Moonstone.
It is idle to dispute the general positions of criticism, and there is no useful gainsaying its judgment that French literature is a major literature and Italian a minor literature in this century; but whether this verdict will stand for all time, there may be a reasonable doubt.
If he could have found his opportunity of getting at it in time--or if the sheriff's officers had not been too quick for him--there can be no reasonable doubt that Dexter would have himself destroyed the Diary, foreseeing the consequences of its production in court.
Even though the Pervaise confession had never come to light, no reasonable doubt could obtain; for the act in question, that sent fifty-two Congressmen to prison, was on a par with countless other acts committed by the oligarchs, and, before them, by the capitalists.
I have heard to-night similar, but even more offensive, sentiments from the person who has just sat down, and though it is a conscious effort of self-effacement to come down to that person's mental level, I will endeavor to do so, in order to allay any reasonable doubt which could possibly exist in the minds of anyone.
Many years before, the American battleship Maine had been blown up in the harbour of Havana, and war with Spain had immediately followed--though there has always existed a reasonable doubt as to whether the explosion was due to conspiracy or accident.
Dingall, the Treddleston grocer, was giving for butter, and the reasonable doubts that might be held as to his solvency, notwithstanding that Mrs.
But Justice Okwany, in her judgement, said that the petitioners failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt.
The second is that, in this country, we are suppose to be innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Let it be stressed that this verdict of acquittal is based on failure of the prosecution to present proof beyond reasonable doubt that the accused indeed used the 2008 calamity fund of San Juan City in the procurement and payment of the subject firearms,' the anti-graft court said.
These two concepts form the most fundamental pillars of our criminal decision-making process: that the Crown bears the onus of proving its case and that the onus is high: proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
After 52 hours of deliberating, jurors failed to come to a unanimous decision beyond a reasonable doubt -- a requirement for criminal cases.