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Jan 02, 2024

NEW STUDY: Research Suggests the Arbitrariness of Facial Features Affects Jurors’ Sentencing Decisions in Death Penalty Cases

A new study from Columbia University researchers indi­cates that jurors’ per­cep­tion of facial fea­tures in white defen­dants affects their sen­tenc­ing deci­sions, much like the bias­es that affect every day social inter­ac­tions and deci­sion mak­ing. Through four exper­i­ments with 1,400 vol­un­teers, the researchers found that when real-world defen­dants have facial fea­tures that appear untrust­wor­thy, they are more like­ly to be sen­tenced to death than life in prison.” Particular facial fea­tures, such as a heavy brow or down-turned lips, are known to cause oth­ers to view an indi­vid­ual as untrust­wor­thy, despite these…