Study Finds Attractive People Convicted Less Often

A new study by Cornell University?has found unattractive defendants are 22 percent more likely to be convicted than good-looking ones. People who are unattractive were also found to receive harsher sentences – an average of 22 months longer in prison.

The study?was composed?of 169 Cornell psychology undergraduates, who were classified as either rational or emotional decision-makers, based on survey results. They were then given case studies of defendants, including a photograph and profile, were read jury instructions and listened closing arguments in the case. There wasn’t a significant discrepancy in conviction rates between attractive and unattractive defendants in?serious cases with strong evidence.??However, in more minor cases, with ambiguous evidence, jurors were more biased toward the good-looking.? It is possible the findings could impact how attorneys select juries.

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