#MeToo Effects on Juror Decision Making
#MeToo Effects on Juror Decision Making, 11 CAL. L. REV. ONLINE 179, 2020
14 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2020
Date Written: May 14, 2020
The modern #MeToo movement started in late 2017 and immediately had an impact on many aspects of society, bringing down over 200 powerful men in the first year and sparking swift legal change regarding the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims. But no research has been conducted into how the #MeToo movement has affected juror decision making in sexual assault cases. This article reports the findings of a groundbreaking study re-administering a sexual assault case summary in 2019 that was originally conducted in 2010. The results show an unexpected reduction in willingness to convict in the post-#MeToo era despite no difference in predictions of guilt. Furthermore, the present survey allows for political affiliation and views of the #MeToo movement to be analyzed as potential factors contributing to the drastic change in willingness to convict. The results of this study, along with the discussion of potential explanations for the findings, provide essential information for advocates that will enhance the efficacy of the movement.
Keywords: #MeToo, MeToo Movement Effects, Sexual Assault, Harvey Weinstein, Conviction Rates, Duke Lacrosse Sexual Harassment, Unintended Consequences, Gender Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Public Support
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