draw an inference

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That's not direct evidence, but maybe you can draw an inference from it.
coroner is to draw an inference about how a bullet entered the brain,
Justice Weatherup asked the defence lawyers was their client aware that the jury was entitled to draw an inference from his failure to do so.
Bain's counsel, Nicholas Ellis QC, told yesterday's hearing: "There already appear to be circumstances from which it would appear to be appropriate to draw an inference that the defenders are practically insolvent - or at least verging on it by not paying their debts as they fall due.
It is open to you to draw an inference that he has no recollection of what occurred.
The jury was thus invited to draw an inference that a man with a "fragrant wife" would not have sex with a prostitute.
It is difficult not to draw an inference that the Banks must feel their position is in serious jeopardy, and they are stringing the public along for as long as they can.
At trial, the judge suggested to the jury that it could draw an inference of guilt from Mr Turcotte's refusal to answer, and he was convicted.
Peirsel's treatment of the patient's wound enabled the jury to draw an inference that these witnesses, if produced, would not have testified adversely.
It lengthens the amount of time police can keep people suspected of swallowing drugs to conceal them so packages have time to pass through their bodies and allows judges to direct a jury to draw an inference from the fact a suspect has refused permission for a body cavity search or an X-ray.