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Civil Liability for Conduct that is Acquitted in Criminal Case (11/20/21)

The Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal on all counts is in the news.  Acquittal or conviction (on some or all counts) was sure to become a political charged phenomenon.  I don’t deal with the political issues here. I respond to a question I was asked yesterday as to whether Rittenhouse’s acquittal absolves him of potential civil liability […]

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Reasonable Doubt About Reasonable Doubt Instructions (2/5/21)

I have written below about some of the problems with the venerable “beyond a reasonable doubt” for convictions for crimes.  E.g., Inspired by the Manafort Trial, On the Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Standard (8/15/18; 8/17/18), here (collecting some earlier posts).  See also my earlier pdf book the latest offering being for 2013 after discontinuing because […]