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NCJ Number: 32812 Find in a Library
Title: DEFENDANT'S DILEMMA - EFFECTS OF JURORS' ATTITUDES AND AUTHORITARIANISM ON JUDICIAL DECISIONS
Journal: JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY  Volume:25  Issue:1  Dated:(JANUARY 1973)  Pages:123-129
Author(s): H E MITCHELL; D BYRNE
Corporate Author: American Psychological Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: American Psychological Assoc
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS STUDY TESTS WHETHER ATTITUDE SIMILARITY BETWEEN JUROR AND DEFENDANT IS RELATED TO ACQUITTALS AND IF JUROR AUTHORITARIANISM IS RELATED TO CONVICTIONS.
Abstract: IN A SIMULATED JURY SITUATION, 139 SUBJECTS WHO WERE EITHER HIGH OR LOW IN AUTHORITARIANISM RESPONDED TO AN ACCUSED DEFENDANT WHOSE ATTITUDES WERE EITHER SIMILAR OR DISSIMILAR TO THEIR OWN ON FIVE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE CASE. ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE INDICATED A SIGNIFICANT INTERACTION BETWEEN AUTHORITARIANISM AND ATTITUDE SIMILARITY ON CERTAINTY OF THE DEFENDANT'S GUILT AND RECOMMENDED SEVERITY OF PUNISHMENT. IT APPEARS THAT ATTRACTION INFLUENCES THE JUDICIAL DECISIONS OF AUTHORITARIANS BUT NOT OF EGALITARIANS.
Index Term(s): Attitudes; Attitudes toward authority; Defendants; Judicial decisions; Juries
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