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NCJ Number: 119523 Find in a Library
Title: Alternative Method of Capital Jury Selection
Journal: Law and Human Behavior  Volume:13  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1989)  Pages:167-183
Author(s): M Cox; S Tanford
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 16
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of this research was to develop and evaluate an alternative method of capital jury selection.
Abstract: Subjects determined to be excludable and nonexcludable for capital jury service were exposed to a crime questionnaire containing 16 brutal crimes. Sixty-five percent of the excludables indicated that they would consider imposing the death penalty in one or more scenarios and within forty-eight hours, seventy-six percent maintained a new position. The rehabilitated excludables were more tolerant of ambiguity and more due process oriented than the nonexcludables. A second study showed that the crime questionnaire did produce a small amount of bias against the defendants in terms of conviction rates and penalties. The advantages of the alternative system for providing an objective, standardized questioning procedure and a less biased jury are discussed. 47 references, 2 tables. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Capital punishment; Jury selection
Index Term(s): Juror characteristics
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