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Looking Deathworthy: Perceived Stereotypicality of Black Defendants Predicts Capital-Sentencing Outcomes


Sheri Lynn Johnson


Cornell Law School

Jennifer L. Eberhardt


Stanford University

Paul G. Davies


University of California, Los Angeles - Department of Psychology

Valerie J. Purdie-Vaughns


Yale University - Department of Psychology


Psychological Science, Vol. 17, No. 5, pp. 383-386, May 2006
Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-012

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Researchers previously have investigated the role of race in capital sentencing, and in particular, whether the race of the defendant or victim influences the likelihood of a death sentence. In the present study, we examined whether the likelihood of being sentenced to death is influenced by the degree to which a Black defendant is perceived to have a stereotypically Black appearance. Controlling for a wide array of factors, we found that in cases involving a White victim, the more stereotypically Black a defendant is perceived to be, the more likely that person is to be sentenced to death.

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Date posted: May 10, 2006  

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Johnson, Sheri Lynn and Eberhardt, Jennifer L. and Davies, Paul G. and Purdie-Vaughns, Valerie J., Looking Deathworthy: Perceived Stereotypicality of Black Defendants Predicts Capital-Sentencing Outcomes. Psychological Science, Vol. 17, No. 5, pp. 383-386, May 2006; Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=901453

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Sheri Lynn Johnson (Contact Author)
Cornell Law School ( email )
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Jennifer L. Eberhardt
Stanford University ( email )
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Paul G. Davies
University of California, Los Angeles - Department of Psychology ( email )
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Valerie J. Purdie-Vaughns
Yale University - Department of Psychology ( email )
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