The grand jury found the complainants established a prima facie case against the defendant.
Syphilis, of course, was prima facie evidence of sex beyond the bounds of marriage, of moral corruption (you could only get it, supposedly, by visiting prostitutes), and therefore taboo.
Thomas C. Foster -- How to Read Literature Like a Professor
As such they were ’prima facie’ free in the eyes of the law and hence should have been, and should be, treated as persons, not slaves.
Alexs Pate -- Amistad
Prima facie, I put it to you that there was no attempt at carnally knowing.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
The abnormalities of harelip, breastmole, supernumerary digits, negro’s inkle, strawberry mark and portwine stain were alleged by one as a prima facie and natural hypothetical explanation of those swineheaded (the case of Madame Grissel Steevens was not forgotten) or doghaired infants occasionally born.