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Is there Really a “CSI Effect” on Jury Deliberations in Court Room Decisions?

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The purpose of this telephone study was to determine whether or not crime TV shows have a perceivable effect on a jury’s deliberations and the general population and their beliefs. The sample was drawn from rural western New York and Northern Pennsylvania. It consisted of both jury members and non-jury members. It included questions such as how reliable do you find certain types of evidence and testimony. This ranged from eyewitness testimony to DNA evidence. I also asked how often a person thought about television programs while deliberating or deciding a case. It was my contention, prior to the study, that there is not a CSI effect and that we should look for other alternatives for a jury’s reluctance to convict. After completion of this study, the data shows that there is no appreciable CSI effect on the jury and their deliberations. However, due to the sample size of the study (n=39), it is recommended that a similar study be implemented on a larger scale. Because the ramifications of such an effect have potentially far reaching repercussions, it is essential to have a better understanding of any information that contributes to future outcomes.
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Davis, Samantha. "Is there Really a “CSI Effect” on Jury Deliberations in Court Room Decisions?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 03, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p379574_index.html>

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Davis, S. L. , 2009-11-03 "Is there Really a “CSI Effect” on Jury Deliberations in Court Room Decisions?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p379574_index.html

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Abstract: The purpose of this telephone study was to determine whether or not crime TV shows have a perceivable effect on a jury’s deliberations and the general population and their beliefs. The sample was drawn from rural western New York and Northern Pennsylvania. It consisted of both jury members and non-jury members. It included questions such as how reliable do you find certain types of evidence and testimony. This ranged from eyewitness testimony to DNA evidence. I also asked how often a person thought about television programs while deliberating or deciding a case. It was my contention, prior to the study, that there is not a CSI effect and that we should look for other alternatives for a jury’s reluctance to convict. After completion of this study, the data shows that there is no appreciable CSI effect on the jury and their deliberations. However, due to the sample size of the study (n=39), it is recommended that a similar study be implemented on a larger scale. Because the ramifications of such an effect have potentially far reaching repercussions, it is essential to have a better understanding of any information that contributes to future outcomes.


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