Juror decision making: A case of attitude change mediated by authoritarianism.

Lamberth, J., Krieger, E., & Shay, S. (1982). Juror decision making: A case of attitude change mediated by authoritarianism. Journal of Research in Personality, 16, 419-434.

Studied individuals important to jury decision-making processes, i.e., those who change their minds. Results showed no consistent differences in race, sex, or age for changers and nonchangers and authoritarians changed attitudes about defendent’s guilt more than equalitarians. Across 3 studies, authoritarian jurors more likely than equalitarian jurors to prefer guilt prior to deliberation and to change verdict preference during deliberation. Race, sex, and age not systematically related to verdict preference change. Foreperson roughly 3 x more likely than chance to be identified as most influential juror.

http://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ273945