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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 8 years ago

Where did the concept of "beyond the shadow of a doubt" come from?

5 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    The phrase beyond a Doubt originates sometime around 1300 AD. Shadow of a doubt became a popular phrase in the early 1800's after being used in popular literature, such as the Scarlet Letter.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    The most well-known one is in the detemination of guilt using the phrase in your question in cases where 'beyond the shadow of a doubt' is applied to give leverage to execute a convicted criminal in places where execution is still legal.

    Otherwise 'beyond a reasonable doubt' would imply that execution does not apply and a prison sentence does if one is convicted of a capital offence without the ultimate standard of 'beyond the shadow of a doubt' which means of course it's an absolute certainty that the accused did commit the offence and there is utterly no doubt at all it was done by him/her.

    Of course there is no application in some places where if one is convicted of a capital offence they will be executed at any rate - reasonable doubt not being any determining factor in the sentencing - thus it is the ultimate penalty provided in the place it is applied by any law that doesn't preclude that.

    Source(s): Read about such things - they take place all the time - different jursidictions determine by their own laws what is and what isn't. A lot of them have no death penalty at all, of course.
  • IChee
    Lv 4
    8 years ago

    it's "beyond reasonable doubt", meaning bias can lead one to rationalize guilt with tortured logic when desired

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Reasonable doubt... and it comes from the common law concept of the "reasonable person".

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  • i think you mean "reasonable doubt"...and i do not know why

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