ANDREA CHAPDELAINE received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1993. Currently, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Trinity College. Her research interests are in interpersonal perceptions, perceptions of fairness, and conflict in close relationships.
Beliefs of Guilt and Recommended Sentence as a Function of Juror Bias in the O. J. Simpson Trial
Article first published online: 9 APR 2010
1997 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 53, Issue 3, pages 477–485, Fall 1997
How to Cite
Chapdelaine, A. and Griffin, S. F. (1997), Beliefs of Guilt and Recommended Sentence as a Function of Juror Bias in the O. J. Simpson Trial. Journal of Social Issues, 53: 477–485. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.1997.tb02123.x
- Issue published online: 9 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 9 APR 2010
During the week of April 9, 1995, 125 male participants completed a questionnaire assessing attitudes toward the O. J. Simpson trial. Specifically, participants reported their belief in the defendant's guilt or innocence, stated how fair they perceived the trial to be, and recommended a sentence should the defendant be found guilty of the crime. Additionally, participants completed Kassin and Wrightsman's Juror Bias Scale and the revised California F scale. Overall, results showed that participants' scores on both scales were positively correlated with their beliefs in the defendant's guilt, perceived trial fairness, and more severe sentence recommendations.