Effects of Defendant and Complainant Alcohol Consumption
Armstrong, Kevin J.
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The current study was based on MacQuoid and Jacquin’s (2011) study of juror bias in rape trials, except that an additional level of alcohol consumption was utilized in examining mock juror verdicts. Specifically, this study examined the influence of complainant alcohol consumption and defendant alcohol consumption on the opinions of mock jurors after deliberation (N = 527). Defendant alcohol consumption did not impact mock juror responsibility attributions of guilt ratings before of after deliberation. However, complainant alcohol consumption significantly impacted mock juror opinions before and after group deliberation. Complainants who were buzzed at the time of the alleged rape were viewed are more responsible for the rape than those who were intoxicated or sober. Defendants were viewed as more responsible when the complainant was intoxicated at the time of the alleged rape. The results indicate that juror biases are not an issue in today’s court.
Slayton, Lawre Elizabeth, "Effects of Defendant and Complainant Alcohol Consumption" (2012). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 1729.