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The appeals court ruled that there was only circumstantial evidence of discrimination, so his case could not continue.
  evidence from which a fact is reasonably inferred, although not directly proven
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  • The appeals court ruled that there was only circumstantial evidence of discrimination, so his case could not continue.
  • Pete Earley’s book Circumstantial Evidence was published a few months after Walter was freed, and it provided a detailed account of the case.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • We’ve got enough circumstantial evidence to get a conviction.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • As for the charge of arson, the case has been founded on purely circumstantial evidence.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy

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  • If ever circumstantial evidence pointed to a criminal it does so here.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I had no fear, therefore, that any circumstantial evidence could be brought forward strong enough to convict her.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • We don’t know, but there is circumstantial evidence to indicate that Mayella Ewell was beaten savagely by someone who led almost exclusively with his left.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Aunt Polly was vexed to think she had overlooked that bit of circumstantial evidence, and missed a trick.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Okay, so the circumstantial evidence is pretty strong.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • In his lay capacity, he persisted in sitting down in the damp to such an insane extent, that when his coat was taken off to be dried at the kitchen fire, the circumstantial evidence on his trousers would have hanged him, if it had been a capital offence.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

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  • Often, how louder and clearer than any tongue, does dumb circumstantial evidence speak.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • —O that, Stephen expostulated, has been proved conclusively by several of the bestknown passages in Holy Writ, apart from circumstantial evidence.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And do you suppose, from the character of our legal system, that they will accept, or that they are in a position to accept, this fact—resting simply on a psychological impossibility—as irrefutable and conclusively breaking down the circumstantial evidence for the prosecution?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • (There is only circumstantial evidence that Personnel $2222 contacted Adversaries regarding location of Witness $599-6.) Note that Personnel $2222 directed Post-Termination activity with efficiency and dispatch as follows: (a) Pursuit and confirmation of Witness $599-6 termination by Adversaries; (b) removal of affiliate’s remains from scene; (c) transfer of Subject A to confinement facilities.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • It was granted that this was plenty good enough circumstantial evidence.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • He swashed about (cautioned though he was to maintain silence concerning his past theatrical relationships) in such a selfconfident manner that he was like to convince every one of his identity by mere matter of circumstantial evidence.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • That was serious circumstantial evidence.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • On the other hand, they can believe the story we planted through Henderson, which is also unattractive but is supported by a good deal of circumstantial evidence, especially our efforts to entice their crewmen to defect.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • There was a lot of circumstantial evidence, but actually those two witnesses were the entire case for the prosecution.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • She really did not mean it, but the circumstantial evidence was against her, and Tom turned white with anger, but said nothing; he would have struck her, only he knew it was cowardly to strike a girl, and Tom Tulliver was quite determined he would never do anything cowardly.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • …surrounding a brass model of an infant’s fist grasping a fragment of a skewer, and displaying the word ’Office,’ it was clear that Mr Ralph Nickleby did, or pretended to do, business of some kind; and the fact, if it required any further circumstantial evidence, was abundantly demonstrated by the diurnal attendance, between the hours of half-past nine and five, of a sallow-faced man in rusty brown, who sat upon an uncommonly hard stool in a species of butler’s pantry at the end of the…
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • How did one find the truth beyond all suspicion, beyond all circumstantial evidence?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Lincoln admitted that they were based on circumstantial evidence.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • I haven’t seen him, of course, but I go upon circumstantial evidence.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • A grieving family hammered by cops, circumstantial evidence, and three women with their throats cut open.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • It sounds to me as though your suspicions are for the most part based on assumptions and circumstantial evidence.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • We believe that British Intelligence has deliberately spun around Comrade Mundt a mesh of circumstantial evidence— the payment of money to foreign banks, its withdrawal to coincide with Mundt’s presence in this or that country, the casual hearsay evidence from Peter Guillam, the secret meeting between Control and Riemeck at which matters were discussed that Leamas could not hear: these afl provided a spurious chain of evidence and Comrade Fiedler, on whose ambitions the British so…
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • "But," asked Madame Danglars, looking at her husband with uneasiness, "how could that prevent M. de Villefort"— "In this simple way, madame," replied Monte Cristo; "the waistcoat and the letter were both what is termed circumstantial evidence; I therefore sent them to the king’s attorney.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Circumstantial evidence was never stronger.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Circumstantial evidence makes it probable that it was not different in this particular from the two others.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • "Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing," answered Holmes thoughtfully.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The circumstantial evidence the police hold is very damaging to her.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • "That evidence," he observed, "was hardly required in so glaring a case, but I am glad of it, and, indeed, none of our judges like to condemn a criminal upon circumstantial evidence, be it ever so decisive."
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • What I do have is a web of circumstantial evidence so tightly woven that the defendant cannot possibly escape.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • There have been many very pathetic and very terrible instances of miscarriages of justice through circumstantial evidence alone.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Significances of similitude, of posture, of symbolism, of circumstantial evidence, of testimonial supermanence.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Even the clearest and most perfect circumstantial evidence is likely to be at fault, after all, and therefore ought to be received with great caution.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • "But lots of folks have been hung— hanged— on circumstantial evidence," said Jem.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • And if the ear-rings being found in Nikolay’s hands at the very day and hour of the murder constitutes an important piece of circumstantial evidence against him—although the explanation given by him accounts for it, and therefore it does not tell seriously against him—one must take into consideration the facts which prove him innocent, especially as they are facts that cannot be denied.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • He said he didn’t have any quarrel with the rape statute, none what ever, but he did have deep misgivings when the state asked for and the jury gave a death penalty on purely circumstantial evidence.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • And beyond that, the judge will instruct you that in a case based on circumstantial evidence such as this one, you can find Miss Christian guilty only if there is no other reasonable theory of guilt.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Even the Griffiths of Denver were so shaken by the evidence as the trial had progressed that they scarcely dared read the papers openly—one to the other—but, for the most part, read of it separately and alone, whispering together afterwards of the damning, awful deluge of circumstantial evidence.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • "I do not claim that this story is true, nor do I claim it is even a likely one at this point," Gerasimov said, keeping his voice detached and clinical, "but there is sufficient circumstantial evidence supporting it that I must recommend an in-depth investigation by the Committee for State Security touching on all aspects of this affair."
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • …increasing as it approached its climax in no way discomposed Mrs Nickleby, but rather exalted her opinion of her own cleverness; therefore, merely stopping to remark, with much complacency, that she had fully expected him to be surprised, she entered on a vast quantity of circumstantial evidence of a particularly incoherent and perplexing kind; the upshot of which was, to establish, beyond the possibility of doubt, that Mr Frank Cheeryble had fallen desperately in love with Kate.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • He said he would show by a chain of circumstantial evidence without break or fault in it anywhere, that the principal prisoner at the bar committed the murder; that the motive was partly revenge, and partly a desire to take his own life out of jeopardy, and that his brother, by his presence, was a consenting accessory to the crime; a crime which was the basest known to the calendar of human misdeeds—assassination; that it was conceived by the blackest of hearts and consummated by the…
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • …he had three witnesses, the Misses Clarkson, who would testify that they met a veiled young woman leaving Judge Driscoll’s premises by the back gate a few minutes after the cries for help were heard, and that their evidence, taken with certain circumstantial evidence which he would call the court’s attention to, would in his opinion convince the court that there was still one person concerned in this crime who had not yet been found, and also that a stay of proceedings ought to be…
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Much stress has been laid upon the fact that the accused offered a very large reward for the knife with which this murder was done; that no thief came forward to claim that extraordinary reward; that the latter fact was good circumstantial evidence that the claim that the knife had been stolen was a vanity and a fraud; that these details taken in connection with the memorable and apparently prophetic speech of the deceased concerning that knife, and the final discovery of that very…
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • We’ve put away murderers on considerably weaker circumstantial evidence."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Circumstantial evidence is occasionally very convincing, as when you find a trout in the milk, to quote Thoreau’s example."
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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