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Defendant-juror similarity and mock juror judgments.

Kerr, Norbert L., Hymes, Robert W., Anderson, Alonzo B., Weathers, James E. (1995) Defendant-juror similarity and mock juror judgments. Law and Human Behavior, 19 (6). pp. 545-567. ISSN 0147-7307. (doi:10.1007/bf01499374) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Investigated the effect of juror–defendant similarity on leniency toward defendants when the evidence against defendants is weak or inconclusive, or strong. In Exp 1, 66 Jewish or Christian male college students evaluated 4 cases of alleged child molestation. Similar religious affiliation was related to evaluation of the defendant and leniency, but was unaffected by the strength of evidence. This was attributed to insufficiently strong evidence against the defendant and to the lack of anticipated jury deliberation. In Exp 2, 168 Black and White college students evaluated the same alleged child molestation cases, but racial backgrounds were manipulated. When evidence was strong against the defendant, juror–defendant racial similarity did increase the likelihood of conviction, but only when jurors anticipated being in the racial minority in their jury. Implications for psychological theory and voir dire are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/bf01499374
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: M.L. Barnoux
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2014 09:51 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:58 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42519 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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