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Criminal justice system

Criminal Law

1998

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Reasonable Certainty And Reasonable Doubt, Henry L. Chambers, Jr. Jan 1998

Reasonable Certainty And Reasonable Doubt, Henry L. Chambers, Jr.

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Ultimately, this article is about how well different definitions of reasonable doubt fit society's goals for the criminal justice system. To be clear, this article is not about which definition is best. That question is far broader than the one I seek to explore. Determining what definition of reasonable doubt is best for the system is a question for another time. Rather, this article describes a few different ways that reasonable doubt and the presumption of innocence can be interpreted and considers the implications of applying those differing interpretations. Part II of this article examines how the criminal justice ...