What percentage of certainty would you attribute “guilty beyond a reasonable doubt”?
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That standard applies to all the required elements of a crime. In most cases, there's really no doubt that a crime actually occurred. The question is whether the defendant actually did it.
Research finds about a four percent error rate for people sentenced to death, so it shouldn't be any lower for routine felonies. So I would say that beyond a reasonable doubt = 96 percent certainty.
- Anonymous6 months ago
Answering as one who's actually been convicted on circumstantial evidence (Later appealed, retried & dismissed), but only because I was able to appeal with a 'Real' lawyer instead of a burned-out Public-Pretender,,
I can definitely say with qualification that in most trials Truth, innocence, certainty & doubt reasonable or otherwise are totally Meaningless!
Typically all a half conscious jury that just want's to get it over-with & go home needs to see is an accused person shackled-up in an orange jumpsuit & they don't even need to know what he's accused of and will usually just come up with whatever verdict that a respectable looking prick in a suit tells them to so they can go back to their pathetically uninteresting lives & feel good about themselves for doing a civic duty that doesn't even require as much qualification as a high-school diploma or a frkn driver's licence.
Unless you've got Money I suggest staying out of trouble since after all,, when was the last time you saw an accused person on the news and just assumed he was innocent or as much as even Doubted he was guilty!?
When a serious crime has been committed, of course people are going to want 'justice' but if they can't get it with the "Truth, the whole-truth & nothing else" before dinner-time, mostly they'll just settle for whatever is most convenient!
That depends on the jury.
- Pearl LLv 76 months ago
it would probably be 100% of it
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- 6 months ago
99%...... if there is one piece of evidence of innocence ... circumstantial or otherwise.... then there is doubt
- Mr ScepticLv 46 months ago
What a pointless question - no one here can accurately assess percentage probabilities, so the description "beyond a reasonable doubt" is far more useful.
- choko_canyonLv 76 months ago
About 90%, give or take.
- PearlLv 76 months ago
when theyre positive that something happened
- GodLv 76 months ago
Trials in the US are not about guilt or innocence. Thousands of people are in prison that were framed by the prosecuter and the police.
- Anonymous6 months ago
DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH VODKA I'VE HAD THAT DAY