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Is Your Sword : Does Plaintiff Prior Conviction Evidence Affect Civil Trial Outcomes

@inproceedings{Bowen2015IsYS,
  title={Is Your Sword : Does Plaintiff Prior Conviction Evidence Affect Civil Trial Outcomes},
  author={D. Bowen and Kathryn M. Stanchi},
  year={2015}
}
The conventional wisdom in law is that a prior conviction is one of the most powerful and damaging pieces of evidence that can be offered against a witness or party. In legal lore, prior convictions seriously undercut the credibility of the witness and can derail the outcome of a trial. This Article suggests that may not always be true. This Article details the results of an empirical study of juror decision-making that challenges the conventional wisdom about prior convictions. In our study… Expand

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