The Influence of Accounts and Remorse on Mock Jurors' Judgments of Offenders

38 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2007

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Alayna Jehle

R&D Strategic Solutions

Monica K. Miller

University of Nevada, Reno

Markus Kemmelmeier

University of Nevada, Reno

Date Written: July 3, 2007

Abstract

Defendants often provide accounts that minimize their responsibility for the accused offense. Jurors attribute responsibility to defendants and decide legal outcomes based on the given account. The current research examined the effects of accounts (i.e., excuse, justification, denial, and no account) and the defendant's remorse display (i.e., remorseful, remorseless) on mock jurors' judgments. Participants acquitted the defendant in the denial condition most often and recommended the most lenient punishment in the justification condition. The remorseful defendant was found guilty more frequently than the remorseless defendant in the excuse, justification, and no account conditions. Limitations and future research are discussed.

Keywords: remorse, accounts, legal outcomes, responsibility attributions

JEL Classification: K49, K14

Suggested Citation

Jehle, Alayna and Miller, Monica K. and Kemmelmeier, Markus, The Influence of Accounts and Remorse on Mock Jurors' Judgments of Offenders (July 3, 2007). 2nd Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=998122 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.998122

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Monica K. Miller

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Markus Kemmelmeier

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