Because trial juries deliberate in secrecy, legal debates about jury functioning have relied heavily on anecdote & speculation. In recent years, investigators have begun to challenge many common assumptions about jury behavior. An important tool in this effort has been the mock jury experiment, in which research participants are randomly assigned to alternative trial conditions & asked to reach a verdict in a simulated case. Researchers have used mock jury experiments to test hypotheses about causal influences on jury behavior & to develop theoretical models of the jury deliberation process. HA

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