Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary

Corpus Delicti

(core-pus dee-lick-tie) Latin for the "body of the crime." Used to describe physical evidence that a crime has been committed, such as the corpse of a murder victim or the charred frame of a torched building. It's used to refer to the underlying principle that, without evidence of a crime having been committed, it would be unjust to convict someone.
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