proof beyond a reasonable doubtProof that precludes every reasonable hypothesis except that which it tends to support. See REASONABLE DOUBT.
? Formerly, this standard required evidence to ¡°establish the truth of the fact to a reasonable and moral certainty¡± and ¡°proof to a moral certainty as distinguished from an absolute certainty.¡± Moral certainty is no longer a synonym for proof beyond a reasonable doubt. See Victor v. Nebraska, 511 U.S. 1, 8, 12, 114 S.Ct. 1239, 1244, 1246 (1994). [Cases: Criminal Law 561. C.J.S. Criminal Law ¡ì 1108.]