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1. g) Courts children as witnesses <ul><li>Rudy & Goodman – child witnesses reliable </li></ul><ul><li>Ps 5/7yos…
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  • 5. g) Courts influencing juries <ul><li>Yale Model of persuasion </li></ul><ul><li>Source – (barrister/witness) credible / attractive </li></ul><ul><li>Message – (case) 1 or 2 sided; vivid; primacy / recency / story order </li></ul><ul><li>Medium – verbal + images </li></ul><ul><li>Target – (jury) sympathy / knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Situation – (court) formality / informality </li></ul>ABC
  • 6. g) Courts jury processes <ul><li>Asch - influence of group on individual decisions: </li></ul><ul><li>5 people stronger influence than fewer </li></ul><ul><li>FX not increased with more than 5 </li></ul><ul><li>BUT addition of only 1 other dissenter reduces group FX significantly </li></ul><ul><li>Saks - 1977 REVIEW bigger juries fairer; </li></ul><ul><li>more deliberation: more time on discussion less on voting etc.; </li></ul><ul><li>more accurate recall; </li></ul><ul><li>less conformity (minority view less likely to be one person); </li></ul><ul><li>tend to produce more consistent verdicts; </li></ul>1 2 3
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