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.... Judges can inform jurors, in the jury instructions, that gender should be disregarded from the case. The cases presented in this paper used mock jurors (Hodell, Wasarhaley, Lynch, and Golding, 2014; Thompson, Merrifield, & Chinnery, 2011); therefore the jurors did not deliberate. Jury deliberation might have nullified the biases of the jurors in those cases.
For future research, researchers should research how a defendant’s gender and/or sexual orientation affect jurors’ decision making during intimate partner violence cases. Juror bias against sexual orientation is not well studied. Understanding how gender bias interacts with sexual orientation bias will benefit both researchers, intimate partner violence advocates, and lawyers. It will also aid victims of intimate partner violence; thereby, increasing the likelihood that they receive a fair trial.
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