circumstantial evidence


Definition of circumstantial evidence

: evidence that tends to prove a fact by proving other events or circumstances which afford a basis for a reasonable inference of the occurrence of the fact at issue

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Cohen spells out in riveting detail how persistence, luck and circumstantial evidence led police to him. Bill Daley,, "Rich Cohen’s ‘Last Pirate of New York’ recalls America’s gangster history. But is it truly history?," 5 Sep. 2019 His remains were identified last year by using mitochondrial DNA analysis, dental, anthropological and chest radiography comparison analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Remains of Korean War veteran from Minnesota to be buried in Arlington," 1 Aug. 2019 Significant circumstantial evidence tying Bonds to the BALCO doping scandal is for now keeping him out of the Hall of Fame. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Top 16 athletes over 35 of all-time: From Tom Brady to Serena Williams to Gordie Howe," 17 July 2019 Lee and Yang identified circumstantial evidence against that hypothesis and suggested critical experiments to test it. Quanta Magazine, "Time’s (Almost) Reversible Arrow," 7 Jan. 2016 Over the years, his lawyers argued that the case against him was built on circumstantial evidence and questionable forensics. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "Texas death row inmate Larry Ray Swearingen maintains innocence until his execution," 21 Aug. 2019 The case against him was built on circumstantial evidence, and the Willis man has fought his conviction with appeal after appeal, raising claims about everything from expert testimony to DNA to autopsy results. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Listen: A podcast from death row, and the story of Larry Swearingen," 19 Aug. 2019 Working with the Pensacola Police Department, NCIS agents were able to link pieces of circumstantial evidence together to arrest Watkins' boyfriend at the time, Zachary Littleton, a Navy police officer. Asena Basak, CBS News, "Convicted killer of pregnant Florida mother: "I did not kill Samira Watkins"," 3 July 2019 Since there is generally much circumstantial evidence pointing to its truth, the negation is seen as most unlikely. Quanta Magazine, "The Subtle Art of the Mathematical Conjecture," 7 May 2019

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1736, in the meaning defined above

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