Maybe Looks and Money are Everything: Do Physical Attractiveness and Socioeconomic Status of a Male Defendant Affect His Verdict and Judicial Rulings?
Whenever someone is taken into police custody, he or she is advised of his or her Miranda Rights, including the fact that anything he or she says can and will be used against him or her in a court of law. Could something they did not say also be held against them? This research sought to find whether physical attractiveness and socioeconomic status of a male defendant would have any significant effect on a jury's ruling. It was found that physical attractiveness and job status do play a small but significant role in the assignment of guilt in a sexual assault case.
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences; Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Jury -- Decision making; Trials (Rape); Verdicts
Length of Campus-only Access
Honors in the Major Thesis
Schommer, Lauren, "Maybe Looks and Money are Everything: Do Physical Attractiveness and Socioeconomic Status of a Male Defendant Affect His Verdict and Judicial Rulings?" (2006). HIM 1990-2015. 599.