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BANTIGUE, Mary Jia Roxan T.

JD2
LEGMED
REASONABLE DOUBT
When up-and-coming District Attorney Mitch Brockden (Cooper) commits a fatal hit-and-run, he
feels compelled to manipulate the case to acquit the accused criminal who was found with the body
and blamed for the crime. Following the trial, Mitch's worst fears come true when he realizes that his
actions freed a guilty man, and he soon finds himself on the hunt for the killer before more victims pile
up.
Can a prosecutor really manipulate a case for acquittal of an accused? Here in our country, we
have and follow our own law on criminal proceedings. Every accused is presumed to be innocent
unless the contrary has been proven. How does this innocent presumption be rebutted? Well, the title of
the movie comes in the fact. REASONABLE DOUBT!
What is a reasonable doubt? It is a standard of proof used in criminal trials. Reasonable doubt is
the highest standard of proof used in court. When a criminal defendant is prosecuted, the prosecutor
must prove the defendant's guilt Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.
As mentioned, the prosecutor's perseverance and competence were factors to prove the guilt of an
accused but to answer the question if really a prosecutor can manipulate a case for acquittal of an
accused, a prosecutor can't manipulate a case.
After the duty of the prosecutor or prosecution to present all the evidences he/she may have lay
down for the judgment of the case, the discretion now falls under the jurisdiction of the jury or judge.
If the jury or the judge in a bench trial has a reasonable doubt as to the defendant's guilt, the jury
or judge should pronounce the defendant not guilty. Conversely, if the jurors or judge have no doubt as
to the defendant's guilt, or if their only doubts are unreasonable doubts, then the prosecutor has proven
the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and the defendant should be pronounced guilty.
As shown in the movie, District Attorney Mitch Brockden (Cooper) manipulate the case to acquit
the accused criminal who was found with the body and blamed for the crime. This is a disputable part
for me. I find this not suitable to the fact that viewers might believe to te fact that prosecutors may
manipulate a case with respect to the guilt of an accused.
But still, despite some irregularities made by District Attorney Mitch Brockden (Cooper) to cover
his act of committing a fatal hit-and-run, he was able to redeem his personality by proving his
innocence and establishing the accused guilt.
Its still the real evidences which prevails over those manipulations allegedly being practiced. Truth
will always be coupled with the evidence that would point persons who are guilty beyond reasonable
doubt.