Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Have you ever served on a jury in a criminal case? I have been selected in two cases to serve. The person is presumed innocent unless the prosecution can prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

From Cornell University Law School: “Beyond a reasonable doubt is the legal burden of proof required to affirm a conviction in a criminal case. In a criminal case, the prosecution bears the burden of proving that the defendant is guilty beyond all reasonable doubt. This means that the prosecution must convince the jury that there is no other reasonable explanation that can come from the evidence presented at trial. In other words, the jury must be virtually certain of the defendant’s guilt in order to render a guilty verdict. This standard of proof is much higher than the civil standard, called “preponderance of the evidence,” which only requires a certainty greater than 50 percent.”

And that is the reason Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty by a jury of 12. The decision was unanimous.

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