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By Lawrence S. Wrightsman

within the mid-1970s, as a social psychologist devoted to the applying of knowl­ aspect, I welcomed our field's rising curiosity within the felony process. i've got al­ methods been enthusiastic about jury trials-something concerning the concept that con­ ceptions of the reality have been in irrevocable clash and jurors might pick out just one of them. extra very important, the legal justice process is an important social strength that has been overlooked through social psychologists for many of the 20th century. As I systematically started to discover the purposes of social psycho­ logical options to the legislations twenty years in the past, I skilled the pride of discovery just like that of a kid less than a Christmas tree. it's been pleasant to be one of the cohort of researchers who've studied the felony approach, specially trial juries, from a mental point of view. i think we now have discovered a lot that will be valuable if the procedure have been to be revised. Hlf the process have been to be revised" . . . there is the rub. As i've got said, my unique motivation used to be the applying of data. Like different social scien­ tists, I believed-perhaps arrogantly-that the result of our examine efforts may be used to make trial juries function with extra potency, accuracy, and delight. Qver the final twenty years, a lot wisdom has collected. How will we placed this data to paintings? Judges are the gatekeepers of the criminal system.

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