The functions of the jury include the determination of the credibility of witnesses, the weighing of the evidence, and the drawing of justifiable interferences of fact from proven facts.
Defendants appealed the judgment of the District Court, which convicted them of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Defendants were convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud upon the showing that the corporation they formed for the procurement of government war work, which involved construction and manufacturer contracts, made false representations and failed to keep agreements, although they collected funds for such contracts. At the conclusion of the prosecution's case, the defendants moved for directed verdicts of acquittal. The court denied their motions, and defendants appealed.
Whether the evidence in concern could be used to conclude guilt beyond a reasonable doubt?
The court affirmed, holding that the evidence was such that a reasonable mind could fairly conclude guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Exhibits, including testimony, letters, and deposits, supported defendants' convictions. Under these circumstances, the case was for the jury not the judge, to decide. Defendants' convictions were affirmed on the grounds that there was substantial evidence to support their convictions, and the trial court did not err in denying their motions for directed verdicts.