What You Bring to the Courthouse: The Interaction between Racial Context and Jury Awards

28 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2015

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Matthew Reid Krell

University of Alabama - Department of Political Science

Date Written: April 18, 2015

Abstract

Despite the hurdles required to overcome selection effects in analyzing trial results, scholars have studied the effect of judicial ideology and juror race on verdicts. But these variables have never been interacted. Using a two-part selection model and a new dataset of federal civil jury verdicts, this article finds selection effects driven by contingent-fee plaintiff’s attorneys, no effect on verdicts for judicial ideology, and a curvilinear effect of the size of the black population on verdicts.

Keywords: juries, racial context, judicial ideology, trial courts, selection effects

Suggested Citation

Krell, Matthew Reid, What You Bring to the Courthouse: The Interaction between Racial Context and Jury Awards (April 18, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2590253 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2590253

Matthew Reid Krell (Contact Author)

University of Alabama - Department of Political Science ( email )

Box 870213
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0213
United States

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