Denver Empirical Justice Institute

Our Research

DEJI Studies

DEJI is working on a number of studies that will be useful to advocates and that inform rules that impact advocates and their clients.

  • Work by our Co-Authors
    Two of our co-authors – Christopher Robertson and David Yokum (and another professor, Matt Palmer) – produced a study examining whether jurors can diagnosis their own self-bias. Judges often allows jurors to remain on a jury even if the juror expresses serious bias against one side’s position, so long as the juror states he can set aside his bias when instructed to do so. The study found that those who admit they cannot set aside their bias, and those who say they can, exhibit the same level of bias when actually judging fact patterns. This suggests that current practices in selecting jurors do not conform to the way jurors actually operate.
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University of Denver
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