Thursday, March 22, 2007

"Yeah, I Played Ugly Defendant Number Three"

A new study concludes (confirms?) that jurors are more likely to acquit a defendant who is good-looking than one who is homely. But wait, there's more:
The study showed that while the jurors were swayed by attractiveness, they did not let race cloud their judgment. Black and white suspects were treated equally. When black suspects were convicted, however, they were given longer sentences.
Hmm, that's surprising, and encouraging. Less surprising:
Women jurors treat female suspects more harshly, especially when they think they might have used their looks to their advantage.

Men, on the other hand, tend to give attractive women the benefit of the doubt.

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