On the Origins of the Reasonable Doubt Standard of Proof

It is (or should be) well understood in American society that the Government must prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt before taking away your liberty or your life—the highest standard of proof available in our criminal justice system. But what if I told you this standard has absolutely nothing to do with protecting those accused of crime? What if I told you the reasonable doubt standard is an ancient theological concept established to increase, not reduce, convictions?
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