Sufficient doubt on the part of jurors for acquittal of a defendant based on a lack of evidence.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
The standard of proof used in criminal trials to find a defendant guilty of a crime. When a criminal defendant is prosecuted, the prosecutor must prove the defendant's guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt." A reasonable doubt exists when a juror cannot say with moral certainty that a person is guilty. Compare: preponderance of the evidence
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:23 pm