Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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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.
BF1 .M63 v. 8 no. 1 2001
Nielson, Ashley C.; Jones, Laura K.; and Woodrum, Timothy M.
""Woman is man's best friend and her own worst enemy": jury bias,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 8:
1, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol8/iss1/10