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An examination of pre-trial bias against minority defendants in a sexual assault case

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We examined whether anti-defendant pre-trial publicity disadvantages Black and Aboriginal defendants as compared to White defendants. University students (N=123) read a newspaper article about a sexual assault case and rated their beliefs about defendant culpability and the amount of evidence against the defendant (White, Black or Aboriginal). Pre-trial publicity particularly influenced ratings of culpability and evidence for the Aboriginal defendant among women prospective jurors but did not influence self-reports of bias. The results suggest that Aboriginal defendants are particularly disadvantaged by pre-trial publicity but these biasing effects will not be uncovered by typical jury selection procedures in Canada.
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Clow, Kimberley. and Cutler, Brian. "An examination of pre-trial bias against minority defendants in a sexual assault case" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p397642_index.html>

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Clow, K. and Cutler, B. "An examination of pre-trial bias against minority defendants in a sexual assault case" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p397642_index.html

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Abstract: We examined whether anti-defendant pre-trial publicity disadvantages Black and Aboriginal defendants as compared to White defendants. University students (N=123) read a newspaper article about a sexual assault case and rated their beliefs about defendant culpability and the amount of evidence against the defendant (White, Black or Aboriginal). Pre-trial publicity particularly influenced ratings of culpability and evidence for the Aboriginal defendant among women prospective jurors but did not influence self-reports of bias. The results suggest that Aboriginal defendants are particularly disadvantaged by pre-trial publicity but these biasing effects will not be uncovered by typical jury selection procedures in Canada.


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