Juror Decision-Making: Jurors are motivated to make a decision based on what they think is right, not necessarily one that reflects what the judge…

Juror Decision-Making: Jurors are motivated to make a decision based on what they think is right, not necessarily one that reflects what the judge says. This issue is potentially relevant when the judge tells the jury to disregard inadmissible evidence. In the article cited below, Wegener et al. present the “Flexible Correction Model” in general and apply it to juror decision-making.
*What is the “take-home message” from this article regarding the way in which jurors may be affected by judges’ instructions? Can you think of another courtroom/trial issue to which their model might apply?
Wegener, D. T., Kerr, N. L., Fleming, M. A., & Petty, R. E. (2000). Flexible corrections of juror judgments: Implications for jury instructions. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 6, 629-654. (note: a link to a pdf version of the article is available in “Assignment Choices” and full text is also available through our library)  
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