Reasonable Doubt - Term of the Day
n. not being sure of a criminal defendant’s guilt to a moral certainty.
Thus, a juror (or judge sitting without a jury) must be convinced of guilt
of a crime (or the degree of crime, as murder instead of manslaughter)
“beyond a reasonable doubt,” and the jury will be told so
by the judge in the jury instructions. However, it is a subjective test
since each juror will have to decide if his/her doubt is reasonable. It
is more difficult to convict under that test, than “preponderance
of the evidence” to decide for the plaintiff (party bringing the
suit) in a civil (non-criminal) trial.