Reaching a verdict - reaching a verdict

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Pennington and Hastie - stages and influence on decision making

  • story model - the stages that individual jurors go through to reach an individual decision
  • stage 1 - constructing a story - jurors try to construct story using three main pieces of info - info acquired during the trial, knowledge about events that are similar, expectations about what makes a complete story
  • jurors consider actual evidence and use this with their knowldge of the real world to com eto certain conclusions about what is most likely to have happened. Juror will be influence by the details of the trial as well as their own interpretation of events.
  • stage 2 - often asked to decide which particular crime, if any, they are guilty of. Therefore jurors need to learn and understand what criteria needs to be met for each of the verdict
  • stage 3 - match their contructed story with the verdict catergories given
  • stages of the jury are as follows, orientation period - relaxed and open discussion, jury members able to share their own opinions and ask questions to each other. open confrontation period - debate starts, interpretations of evidence start to be


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