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Law Hum Behav. 2004 Dec;28(6):649-59.

Crime victims serving as jurors: is there bias present?

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Texas, El Paso, Texas 79968-0553, USA.


This project examined the decisions of 2435 mock jurors of whom 984 reported being a victim of some type of crime and 982 reported knowing a close friend or relative who had been a victim. Participants watched a videotape of a trial of a burglary of a habitation and were asked to give individual verdicts. Results indicated that jurors who identified themselves as victims of the same crime convicted significantly more frequently than those who had not been victims. Victims of violent crimes (a type of crime dissimilar to that for which the defendant was on trial) were not more likely to convict than were non-victims. Implications of this research are discussed.

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