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Forecasting Life and Death: Juror Race, Religion, and Attitude Toward the Death Penalty


Theodore Eisenberg


Cornell University - Law School

Stephen P. Garvey


Cornell Law School

Martin T. Wells


Cornell University - School of Law


Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 30, No. 2, Part 1, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
Determining whether race, sex, or other juror characteristics influence how capital case jurors vote is difficult. Jurors tend to vote for death in strong cases and for life in weak ones no matter what their own characteristics. And a juror's personal characteristics may get lost in the process of deliberation
because the final verdict reflects the jury's will, not the individual juror's. Controlling for the facts likely to influence a juror's verdict helps isolate the influence of a juror's personal characteristics. Examining each juror's first sentencing vote reveals her own judgement before the majority works its will. Race, religion, and how strongly the juror believes death is the appropriate punishment for murder influence a capital juror's first vote, which usually determines the final vote. Because black jurors are rarely a majority of the jury's members, majority rule usually means white rule.

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Date posted: November 5, 2001  

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Eisenberg, Theodore and Garvey, Stephen P. and Wells, Martin T., Forecasting Life and Death: Juror Race, Religion, and Attitude Toward the Death Penalty. Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 30, No. 2, Part 1, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=285116

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Theodore Eisenberg (Contact Author)
Cornell University - Law School ( email )
524 College Ave
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607-255-6477 (Phone)
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Stephen P. Garvey
Cornell Law School ( email )
524 College Ave
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Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
607-255-8589 (Phone)
607-255-7193 (Fax)
Martin T. Wells
Cornell University - School of Law ( email )
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Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
607-255-8801 (Phone)
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