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    The standard used by a jury to find a criminal defendant guilty.

    Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)

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    Beyond a reasonable doubt is the degree which a juror must be sure of the facts in the case before finding the defendant guilty.

    Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “Women’s Legal Rights Handbook” (2015)

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    Proven to an extent that seemingly affords little if any possibility of error; required for conviction in criminal matters.

    Drogin, Eric Y., et al. Handbook of forensic assessment: Psychological and psychiatric perspectives. Vol. 209. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.

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    The standard in a criminal case requiring that the jury be satisfied to a moral certainty that every element of a crime has been proven by the prosecution. This standard of proof does not require that the state establish absolute certainty by eliminating all doubt, but it does require that the evidence be so conclusive that all reasonable doubts are removed from the mind of the ordinary person.

    National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)

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    The standard of proof required for a finding of guilty in a criminal matter. Satisfied to a moral certainty. This is a higher standard of proof than that required in a civil matter (preponderance of the evidence).

    State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, Superior Court Operations Division. “Glossary of Legal Terminology – Most Frequently Used Terms”

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    The burden of proof in a criminal case requiring that the jury be convinced that every element of a crime has been proven by the prosecution.

    California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)