ERIC Number: ED106201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Examination of Some Factors in Jury Decision-Making.
Anapol, Malthon M.
This study compares multiple person jury verdicts based on video tapes with individual decisions based on written trial accounts. An actual civil court case was used to make both the simulated video and written versions as authentic as the original trial. Adultvolunteers from the general public and college students provided the jurors. Results indicate that the use of a video taped version of a trial, when compared to the use of a written version of the same trial, will result in measurable different outcomes and that the video taped version will more closely reflect the outcome of the original trial. Decisions reached by simulated 6 and 12 person juries, when compared with decisions reached by individual responses, will result in measurable different outcomes and will more closely reflect the outcome of the original trial. Hence, the further removed the procedure is from the real world model of a jury watching the trial and reaching a consensus verdict, the less likely the outcome will concur with the original trial and therefore the less useful the technique will be in legal communication research. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (66th, New York, New York, March 1975); For a related document, see SO 008 266