Juror First Votes in Criminal Trials

28 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2004  

Stephen P. Garvey

Cornell Law School

Paula Hannaford-Agor

National Center for State Courts

Valerie P. Hans

Cornell University - School of Law

Nicole L. Mott

National Center for State Courts

G. Thomas Munsterman

National Center for State Courts (NCSC)

Martin T. Wells

Cornell University - Law School

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

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

Stephen P. Garvey (Contact Author)

Cornell Law School ( email )

Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell University
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United States
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Paula Hannaford-Agor

National Center for State Courts ( email )

300 Newport Ave.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States

Valerie P. Hans

Cornell University - School of Law ( email )

Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
United States
607-255-0095 (Phone)

Nicole L. Mott

National Center for State Courts ( email )

300 Newport Ave.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States

G. Thomas Munsterman

National Center for State Courts (NCSC) ( email )

300 Newport Ave.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States
(800) 616-6160 (Phone)
(757) 564-2108 (Fax)

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Martin T. Wells

Cornell University - Law School ( email )

Comstock Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States
607-255-8801 (Phone)

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