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Effect of Pre-Trial Publicity by Honolulu Newspapers on Homicide Trial Outcomes

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Title: Effect of Pre-Trial Publicity by Honolulu Newspapers on Homicide Trial Outcomes
Authors: Wiecking, Christopher
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: The aim of this study was to describe the relationship between biased newspaper coverage and verdicts of homicide trials; to determine whether the direction of bias for or against homicide defendants and the outcome of the case are related. Subjects for the study were homicide cases reported by the media between 1988-1990 in Honolulu. Significant characteristics separating subject cases from their general population were the type of crime (homicide) and the presence of news articles referring to the cases within the time frame. Content analysis was used to study articles written on each case (as determined by defendant name) and statements found within each article (to determine the direction of bias).
Pages/Duration: 39 pages
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