28 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2004
Our analysis of the voting behavior of over 3,000 jurors in felony cases tried in Los Angeles, Maricopa County, the District of Columbia, and the Bronx reveals that only in D.C. does a juror's race appear to relate to how he or she votes. African-American jurors in D.C. appear more apt to vote not guilty on the jury's first ballot in cases involving minority defendants charged with drug offenses. We find no evidence, however, that this effect survives into the jury's final verdict.
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Garvey, Stephen P. and Hannaford-Agor, Paula and Hans, Valerie P. and Mott, Nicole L. and Munsterman, G. Thomas and Wells, Martin T., Juror First Votes in Criminal Trials. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, p. 372, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=558163