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Factual and affective/evaluative recall of pretrial publicity: their relative influence on juror reasoning and verdict in a simulated fraud trial

Honess, Terry M., Charman, E. A. and Levi, Michael 2003. Factual and affective/evaluative recall of pretrial publicity: their relative influence on juror reasoning and verdict in a simulated fraud trial. Journal of Applied Social Psychology 33 (7) , pp. 1404-1416. 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2003.tb01955.x

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Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between recall of real-life pretrial publicity (PTP) in a high-profile fraud case and subsequent reasoning about the trial evidence and verdict decisions. Tracking the reasoning and verdict judgments of 50 mock jurors during a video simulation of the trial material, the effect of factual recall of PTP was compared with recall indicating an affective or evaluative response from the PTP. Affective/evaluative recall, but not factual recall, was significantly associated with anti-defendant reasoning and confidence in guilt. This effect was partially mediated by reasoning developed during the course of evidence presentation. The potentially prejudicial effect of affective/evaluative recall of PTP is discussed in terms of it activating an explanatory structure that frames evidence interpretation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
ISSN: 0021-9029
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:17
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/58072

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