Qualitative Analysis of the Experiences of Jurors in Capital Murder Trials

Summer Acevedo, University of Maryland at College Park
Nadine Frederique, University of Maryland at College Park

ABSTRACT
This paper addresses qualitative issues in capital murder trials in the state of Maryland. This study is part of the Capital Jury Project Phase II, funded by the National Science Foundation. Six cases were obtained from the years 1996-2003, and extensive interviews with members of each jury were conducted in order to learn more about the group dynamics and individual decision-making factors involved in a juror's final decision. Factors such as juror empathy, race, and personal beliefs about the death penalty are examined. This study is currently ongoing, therefore there are no results to report at this time.

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