Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt

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In the above video, Federal criminal defense lawyer James S. Bell (of James S. Bell, PC) discusses the topics of the United States Government’s having the burden of proof and what constitutes proving each element beyond reasonable doubt.

Here is the wording from:  https://www.uscourts.gov/about-federal-courts/types-cases/criminal-cases


In a criminal trial, the burden of proof is on the government. Defendants do not have to prove their innocence. Instead, the government must provide evidence to convince the jury of the defendant’s guilt. The standard of proof in a criminal trial gives the prosecutor a much greater burden than the plaintiff in a civil trial. The defendant must be found guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt,” which means the evidence must be so strong that there is no reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime.