MS MMJI-Cr §1:12 Reasonable Doubt

MS MMJI-Cr §1:12 Reasonable Doubt

State: Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI MODEL JURY INSTRUCTIONS CRIMINAL
November 2013

§1:12 Reasonable Doubt

The court instructs the jury that you are bound, in deliberating upon this case, to give the defendant the benefit of any reasonable doubt of the defendant’s guilt that arises out of the evidence or want of evidence in this case. There is always a reasonable doubt of the defendant’s guilt when the evidence simply makes it probable that the defendant is guilty. Mere probability of guilt will never warrant you to convict the defendant. It is only when, after examining the evidence on the whole, you are able to say on your oaths, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant is guilty that the law will permit you to find him/her guilty. You might be able to say that you believe him/her to be guilty, and yet, if you are not able to say on your oaths, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he/she is guilty, it is your sworn duty to find the defendant “Not Guilty.”

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