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Author Feigenson, Neal.

Title Legal blame [electronic resource] : how jurors think and talk about accidents / Neal Feigenson.

Published Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, c2000.


Location Call No. Status
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description x, 301 p. ; 25 cm.
Series The law and public policy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-280) and indexes.
Summary This book sheds new light on how jurors interpret justice in the wake of accidents and reveals much about the psychology of jury decision making in general. Using case material, the author analyzed both the words lawyers use to help jurors assign blame and the words jurors themselves use as they make decisions. The author discusses the relevant social and cognitive literature and shows how jurors' everyday habits of thought and feeling inform their deliberations. The author's thesis is that jurors use legal facts and rules in combination with common sense to process what he calls total justice. Contrary to stereotypes about jurors, both emotion and reason appear to be central to reaching a decision that feels right to the jury. This book is for forensic psychologists, practicing students, lawyers, and anyone interested in learning about the psychology of legal persuasion. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)
Other formats Also issued in print.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2000. Available via the World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreement. s2000 dcunns.
Subject Jury -- United States.
Judicial process -- United States.
Accident law -- Psychological aspects.