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United States v. Copeland: A Collateral Attack on the Legal Maxim that Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt is Unquantifiable?


Peter Tillers


Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Jonathan Gottfried


Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler & Adelman LLP

August 9, 2006

Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 160

Abstract:     
There is a well settled maxim that the standard of persuasion in criminal trials - proof beyond a reasonable doubt - is unquantifiable. However, the usual reasons given for the unquantifiability of reasonable doubt are unsatisfactory; and a recent case, United States v. Copeland, serves as a reminder that strong considerations favor quantification of at least some standards of persuasion. This comment attempts to bring greater clarity to the question of the advantages and disadvantages of some form of quantification of the reasonable doubt standard.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 34

Keywords: evidence, inference, proof, standard of persuasion, proof beyond a reasonable doubt, mathematics in trials, proof in criminal trials, trial by mathematics, proof and mathematics

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Tillers, Peter and Gottfried, Jonathan, United States v. Copeland: A Collateral Attack on the Legal Maxim that Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt is Unquantifiable? (August 9, 2006). Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 160. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=923480 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.923480

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