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Modern Psychological Studies

Periodical Title

Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

8

Number

1

Page Numbers

pages 45-53

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

2001

Abstract

The Supreme Court recently ruled that no jury could be chosen on the basis of sex. This study was conducted to determine whether jury biases exist in the sentencing of murder cases. It was therefore hypothesized that women would judge female murderers more severely than their male counterpart. The severity of sentences were determined by the participants' marks on a severity of sentence scale. These participants evaluated both domestic and mutilation murder cases, each of which varied in the gender of the accused. Using a 2X2 ANOVA in the evaluation of the results, no significant differences were found between the participants' ratings of the two genders, yet, in support of previous results, females were found to rate mutilation murders significantly more severe. These results could be used during jury selection to minimize jury bias by excluding biased individuals from the jury, thus protecting the right to a fair trial.

Subject

Psychology

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

articles

Extent

9 leaves

Language

English

Call Number

BF1 .M63 v. 8 no. 1 2001

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