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Guilty, Not Guilty, or...? Multiple Options in Jury Verdict Choices

Smithson, Michael; Deady, Sara; Gracik, Lavinia


Three studies investigate the role and impact of alternative verdicts to the conventional choice between conviction and acquittal. The primary focus is on the Not Proven option, with a lesser charge alternative included for comparisons. The results contradict a commonly held view that the Not Proven option attracts jurors away from returning a conviction. Instead, Not Proven more often supplants outright acquittals. Judged probabilities of guilt from jurors returning Not Proven are mid-range,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Behavioral Decision Making
DOI: 10.1002/bdm.572


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