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Can an emotional courtroom audience enhance jurors’ evaluation of evidence strength?

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Although anecdotal evidence suggests that the presence of the victim’s family affects jurors’ judgments of the defendant, little empirical research has addressed this question. This study examined the impact of families on perceptions of the defendant, and how an emotional audience affects’ judgments concerning evidence. Mock jurors read a summary of a homicide trial including statements describing the victim’s family as emotional, stoic, or not present during the trial, along with evidence against the defendant described as strong or circumstantial. Preliminary results indicate that an emotional audience affects mock jurors’ perceptions of defendant guilt and strength of the evidence.
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McQuiston, Dawn., Jules, Sean., Douglass, Amy. and Garcia, Jessica. "Can an emotional courtroom audience enhance jurors’ evaluation of evidence strength?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Mar 18, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p398655_index.html>

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McQuiston, D. , Jules, S. , Douglass, A. and Garcia, J. , 2010-03-18 "Can an emotional courtroom audience enhance jurors’ evaluation of evidence strength?" 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/p398655_index.html

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Abstract: Although anecdotal evidence suggests that the presence of the victim’s family affects jurors’ judgments of the defendant, little empirical research has addressed this question. This study examined the impact of families on perceptions of the defendant, and how an emotional audience affects’ judgments concerning evidence. Mock jurors read a summary of a homicide trial including statements describing the victim’s family as emotional, stoic, or not present during the trial, along with evidence against the defendant described as strong or circumstantial. Preliminary results indicate that an emotional audience affects mock jurors’ perceptions of defendant guilt and strength of the evidence.


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