ERIC Number: ED116229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
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Prejudicial Publicity: An Assessment. Journalism Monographs No. 41.
Connors, Mary M.
Findings from the behavioral sciences suggest that prejudicial publicity can in some cases influence the outcome of a trial. Studies directed at the jury trial situation yield amibiguous results but provide some evidence that potential jurors can be prejudiced by pretrial publicity. However, the question "Does pretrial publicity bias the verdict?" has only begun to be addressed. In the jury situation, in order to influence the verdict, prejudicial information must survive a series of steps in the trial process: from the initial call as a juror, when the individual's role changes from that of private citizen to that of impartial observer, through diliberation and decision. Each step in the proceeding should make bias less likely to survive. The likelihood that prejudicial information will survive the trial and deliberation process is unknown, although evidence now exists to indicate that it can survive both. (RB)
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Bias, Civil Rights, Court Litigation, Freedom of Speech, Higher Education, Journalism, Justice, Literature Reviews, Mass Media, News Media, News Reporting, Publicity, Publicize
Prof. Harold Wilson, AEJ Publications Manager, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 ($2.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Association for Education in Journalism.