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Identifying Juror Bias: Using The Pretrial Juror Attitude Questionnaire For More Effective Voir Dire

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dc.contributor.author Mobley, Sara Jane en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-04-22T02:41:30Z
dc.date.available 2008-04-22T02:41:30Z
dc.date.issued 2008-04-22T02:41:30Z
dc.date.submitted January 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-1910 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/725
dc.description.abstract A vast amount of empirical study exists regarding both the juror decision-making process and testing the validity of various methods for finding juror bias. Juror decision making is based on a multitude of factors including, but not limited to, ability to retain information, strength of evidence, preconceived ideas about lawyers, the justice system and law enforcement. Further, the concern regarding judicial economy during voir dire gives rise to ineffective attorney questioning as well as pressure placed on jurors to fulfill their duty to serve. This study seeks to rely on a version of the Pretrial Juror Attitude Questionnaire or PJAQ as developed by other researchers, modified by the author, as a valid predictor of bias to create profiles of acceptable jurors in criminal cases. Further, the review explores the prospect of the bias scale as a tool for attorneys to use in voir dire to assist with making decisions about the utilization of peremptory strikes. The higher the pro-prosecution bias the more likely the juror will vote to convict, therefore the higher the pro-defense bias the more likely the juror will acquit. It is also hypothesized that juror partiality will be more evident in cases where the jurors have little information about the parties involved and the evidence is weak. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship del Carmen, Alejandro en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Criminology & Criminal Justice en_US
dc.title Identifying Juror Bias: Using The Pretrial Juror Attitude Questionnaire For More Effective Voir Dire en_US
dc.type M.A. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair del Carmen, Alejandro en_US
dc.degree.department Criminology & Criminal Justice en_US
dc.degree.discipline Criminology & Criminal Justice en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level masters en_US
dc.degree.name M.A.. en_US
dc.identifier.externalLink https://www.uta.edu/ra/real/editprofile.php?onlyview=1&pid=1337
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