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Mexican Americans and Culpability Biases in the Legal System

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Mexican-Americans (MAs) are the largest Hispanic subgroup, but research on legal biases against them is limited (Feagin, 2001). Biased culpability perceptions exist for MAs (Espinoza & Willis-Esqueda, 2008). We investigated effects of socio-economic status and race of the defendant, attorney, and victim on culpability. Results indicated biases are not confined to MA defendants, but extend to MA attorneys and victims. Even with guilt proneness (87% voted guilty), fewer guilt verdicts occurred with a MA victim (82%) than with a White one (92%). Results indicated biases against the MA defendant and attorney, especially when the latter represented a high SES defendant.
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Willis Esqueda, Cynthia., Martinez, Leslie. and Pedroza, Karina. "Mexican Americans and Culpability Biases in the Legal System" 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/p399128_index.html>

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Willis Esqueda, C. , Martinez, L. and Pedroza, K. , 2010-03-18 "Mexican Americans and Culpability Biases in the Legal System" 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/p399128_index.html

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Abstract: Mexican-Americans (MAs) are the largest Hispanic subgroup, but research on legal biases against them is limited (Feagin, 2001). Biased culpability perceptions exist for MAs (Espinoza & Willis-Esqueda, 2008). We investigated effects of socio-economic status and race of the defendant, attorney, and victim on culpability. Results indicated biases are not confined to MA defendants, but extend to MA attorneys and victims. Even with guilt proneness (87% voted guilty), fewer guilt verdicts occurred with a MA victim (82%) than with a White one (92%). Results indicated biases against the MA defendant and attorney, especially when the latter represented a high SES defendant.


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