We in the law make judgments on the basis of evidence, for proof.<quoted text>
NO. It is evidence; not proof.
Sorry to pull word meanings on you again.
If you mean "evidence", maybe you should say "evidence" instead of "proof".
I know that's asking a lot, but the difference has huge ramifications.
A guy goes to jail on proof. The prosecution can fail with evidence.
Oh, but what the hell. We're among friends.
Let's just change it today - evidence is proof.
As you were.
We have different standards in different situations, but we call it proof nevertheless:
There is proof by a preponderance of the evidence (50+%).
We "prove" things, on the basis of evidence. If what you're looking for is some sort of absolute proof, don't mess with the law; stick to "religious truth".
There is proof by clear and convincing evidence (a high probability).
There is proof beyond a reasonable doubt--requires the highest standard of evidence. This, in fact, is the proof that landed you in the Greybar Hotel.