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CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE

R. v. Griffin, 2009 SCC 28, [2009] 2 S.C.R. 42


Per Binnie, Deschamps, Abella, Charron and Rothstein JJ.:  The trial judge did not err

in his instructions to the jury on the burden of proof.  The trial judge fulfilled the essential requirement of an instruction on circumstantial evidence by instilling in the jury that in order to convict, they must be satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the only rational inference that can be drawn from the circumstantial evidence is that the accused is guilty.  ...

Jim O'Neil, LL.B.

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