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NCJ Number: 31235 Find in a Library
Title: EFFECT OF PLEADING THE FIFTH AMENDMENT ON PERCEPTIONS OF GUILT AND MORALITY
Journal: BULLETIN OF THE PSYCHONOMIC SOCIETY  Volume:6  Issue:5  Dated:(1975)  Pages:449-452
Author(s): C HENDRICK; D R SHAFFER
Corporate Author: Psychonomic Soc
University of Wisconsin
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Psychonomic Soc
Madison, WI 53706
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A SIMULATED JURY SITUATION WAS USED TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF PLEADING THE FIFTH AMENDMENT ON INFERENCES ABOUT AN ACCUSED PERSON'S GUILT AND RATINGS OF HIS MORALITY.
Abstract: SUBJECTS READ A FABRICATED TRANSCRIPT OF A GRAND JURY PROCEEDING FOR AN EMBEZZLEMENT CASE IN WHICH AN ACCUSED PERSON EITHER DENIED GUILT FOR HIMSELF OR TOOK THE FIFTH AMENDMENT AND EITHER DENIED GUILT FOR ANOTHER PERSON OR TOOK THE FIFTH AMENDMENT WHEN QUESTIONED ABOUT THE OTHER PERSON. THUS, THE EXPERIMENT WAS A 2 BY 2 BETWEEN-GROUPS FACTORIAL DESIGN. RESULTS SHOWED THAT NEGATIVE MORAL EVALUATION WAS IN DIRECT PROPORTION TO THE FREQUENCY WITH WHICH THE FIFTH AMENDMENT WAS TAKEN. INFERENCES OF GUILT SHOWED A SIMILAR TREND EXCEPT THAT CONSISTENCY OF PLEADING FOR SELF AND OTHER ALSO MODERATED INFERENCES OF GUILT. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Analysis; Bill of Rights; Grand juries; Judicial process; Juries; Studies; Verdicts
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