Burden of Proof in a criminal case is Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.Unfortunately that is about as far as the law goes in explaining the complicated concept.
La. Code of Criminal Procedure Article 804 states:
(A) In all cases the court shall charge the jury that:
(1) A person accused of a crime is presumed by law to be innocent until each element of the crime, necessary to constitute his guilt, is proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
(2) It is the duty of the jury, in considering the evidence and in applying to that evidence the law as given by the court, to give the defendant the benefit of every reasonable doubt arising out of the evidence or out of the lack of evidence in the case; and
(3) It is the duty of the jury if not convinced of the guilt of a defendant beyond a reasonable doubt, to find him not guilty.
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
The highest burden of proof in any court proceeding is proof "beyond a reasonable doubt." When a person stands trial, the jury must begin with the assumption that the accusations against defendant are false. A juror can only find in favor for the government at the end of the trial if the prosecution has erased all reasonable doubts about the defendant's innocence from the juror's mind.
Here is the chart that the defense attorney used as demonstrative evidence during closing arguments in the Casey Anthony trial to explain the concept of reasonable doubt to the jury.
and here is another chart that is routinely used by defense attorneys in criminal case to explain the concept of reasonable doubt to a jury.
Today's letter in the A to Z challenge is R. Reasonable Doubt. Click on the link to visit all of the 2012 A to Z challenge participants.