You have been called for jury duty. But are you the kind of juror the lawyers want? Here is a hypothetical case, with questions designed by a jury consultant for The New York Times. Your responses will not be stored.
I read some interesting research in jury selection and peremptory challenges this week in class.
Surprisingly, the survey indicates that the defense would love me, even though on the surface I would tend to lean with the plaintiff. However, the plaintiff would probably use one of their challenges on me and I would not serve on the jury.
Ferguson and Dyck (2012)
I dig the new wave of visualizations that are coming out, but I’m not sure it makes it any easier to understand what is actually happening.
Some death penalty statistics:
14 females (1.01%) have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, while 1,371 males have been executed (98.9%).
771 (55.7%) were white, and 467 (33.7%) were black.
515 (37.2%) were carried out in Texas alone. (and that is even misleading as most of the executions come from only a few counties)
1,208 (87.2%) were executed by lethal injection. Lethal injection has also been used in last 744 of 755 executions.
'Cunning cunnilingus' ploy almost kills man after wife admits she put lethal toxin in her private parts
The intended victim, a 43-year-old man who has not been named, says his wife tried to lure him into bed and encouraged him to perform oral sex on her. His suspicions were aroused when he noticed an unusual odour emanating from her private parts and, fearing she was unwell, took her to hospital, Brazil’s Tvi24 reports. Medical tests revealed she had doused her vagina with enough of the unspecified toxin to kill both her husband and herself.
Confronted with the test results the woman reportedly confessed to her crime. It is believed she hatched the bizarre plot after asking her husband for a divorce, a request he now seems rather more likely to acquiesce to. Tvi24 says the woman has received medical treatment and sources claim her husband plans to sue her for attempted murder.
Why was she not charged with attempted murder?
Blitz, C.L., Wolff, N., & Shi, J. 2008. “Physical Vicitmization in Prison: The Role of Mental Illness.” International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.
This suggests that the risk of physical victimization for individuals with mental disorder in the community is significantly greater than their risk of being physically victimized in prison.
Fear of victimization does not equal the reality of victimization.
Many groups that fear victimization the most actually have significantly lower rates of victimization compared to their counterparts.
Those that fear victimization the least actually get victimized the most.
Rates of violent victimization in the United States broken down by Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Age.
This includes crimes not reported to the police. Standard errors can be found in the linked pdf in the appendix, for all the fellow nerds out there.
Just to put everything into a little perspective.