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Observing behavior - Jury deliberations

Posted by Annelies Verkerk on Dec 19, 2011

Investigating group processes

Jury deliberations expected to begin today in Iredell murder trialJury deliberations in Whitehead trial continues WednesdayJurors continue deliberations in Padilla trial – These are just a few headlines that mention jury trials. Nowadays, researchers increasingly study this deliberation process, which goes on behind closed doors. Take for example Behind closed doors: the effect of pretrial publicity on jury deliberations (Ruva, 2011). The results of this study suggest that negative pretrial publicity (PTP) has a biasing effect on jury verdicts and that PTP exposure can influence juror’s interpretations and discussion of trial evidence.

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Topics: The Observer XT, video observation, coding schemes, group processes

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