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Pub. Type Report
Title Judicial Outcomes of Drunk Driving Cases As a Function of Quantity and Quality of Police Evidence
Author(s) Snortum, J.R.
Riva, P.R.
Berger, D.E.
Mangione, T.W.
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Pub. Date 1989
Abstract The sample included 203 jury verdicts of not guilty, 203 guilty verdicts, and 211 guilty pleas. The analysis indicated a basic integrity in the police reports, as shown by the cohesive relationship of blood alcohol measures to accident reports, behavioral descriptions, and field sobriety tests. In addition, the results indicated an underlying rationality of the judicial system in being guided by the decision rules inherent in State laws and in judicial reliance on evidence in determining case disposition. Finally, when other crucial variables were held constant, case disposition was not affected by such auxiliary variables as the defendant's gender, minority status, or type of defense attorney. source
Issue/No. NCJ 126683
Producer Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
Place of Production Washington, DC

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