Case defines standard for quality, quantity of defence evidence

By John L. Hill (December 5, 2022, 3:38 PM EST) -- One of the most vexing problems that a criminal defence lawyer faces occurs after the Crown has closed its case or all evidence has been called and it is apparent that the evidence may not establish the accused’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Defendant’s counsel may opt to ask for a directed verdict of acquittal. If the evidence is insufficient to sustain a conviction, the trial judge hearing the motion must direct a verdict of acquittal....
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