Beyond a reasonable doubt

Beyond a reasonable doubt
Paddy Jackson: acquitted of all charges

In the soup of alcohol, hazy memories and clashing evidence served up in Court 12 in Belfast, doubt went to the very heart of the issue

If proof beyond a reasonable doubt is the cornerstone of securing a criminal conviction, fostering doubt is the lifeblood of a good criminal defence strategy. Doubt wrenches a hole in the prosecution evidence. Doubt causes a hesitation, a creeping sense of unease. It lodges a niggling concern in the mind of a juror that to convict would be wrong.

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