Defendants' Characteristics of Attractiveness, Race, and Sex and Sentencing Decisions

  title={Defendants' Characteristics of Attractiveness, Race, and Sex and Sentencing Decisions},
  author={Andrea Desantts and Wesley A. Kayson},
  journal={Psychological Reports},
  pages={679 - 683}
This experiment examined several factors thought to be influential in jurors' decisions. Specifically, the attractiveness, race, and sex of the defendant were manipulated. It was hypothesized that for the same crime attractive defendants would be given lesser sentences than unattractive defendants, African-American defendants would be given more harsh sentences than Euro-American defendants, and female defendants would receive significantly lesser sentences than male defendants. A fictitious… 

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