Persuading A Jury - Pickel
Pickel - Inadmissable evidence includes hearsay, past convictions and evidence obtained illegeally. If IE is presented a judge will ask the jury to disregard it, however, by drawing their attention to it, the jury pay more attention to it.
Aim: Investigate mock jurors' ability to disregard inadmissable evidence.
Method & Procedure: experiment; Independent measures design; 236 student participants; listened to audiotape of a fictional theft trial;then reach a verdict;Critical evidence introduced 'accidentally' by a witness and judge rule's it as inadmissable.
- Inadmissable (with legal exp) = 55% GV - higher percentage
- Inadmissable (no legal exp) = 43% GV - act as if they never heard it
- Control group (no evidence presented) = 42% GV - act as if they never heard it
Conclusion: It'd seem calling attention to inadmissable evidence makes it more important to the jury they pay more attention to it.