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Victoria Z. Lawson
City University of New York
PsychologyPerceptionPleaSuspectSocial psychology
23Publications
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#1Saul M. KassinH-Index: 46
#2Melissa B. RussanoH-Index: 11
Last. Victoria Z. LawsonH-Index: 5
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#1Besiki Luka Kutateladze (FIU: Florida International University)H-Index: 2
#2Victoria Z. Lawson (CUNY: City University of New York)H-Index: 5
The study challenges the common notion that plea bargaining is necessarily beneficial to defendants. It examines the factors influencing the likelihood of taking a misdemeanor case to trial, and the probability of acquittal upon reaching trial. Defendants charged with more serious crimes, persons crimes, crimes with victims, and represented by private attorneys were more likely to go to trial than to be pleaded out. By contrast, very few factors influenced trial outcomes, and the effect of race ...
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#1Saul M. KassinH-Index: 46
#2Jeff KukuckaH-Index: 7
Last. John DeCarloH-Index: 2
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#1Besiki L. Kutateladze (CUNY: City University of New York)H-Index: 3
#2Victoria Z. Lawson (CUNY: City University of New York)H-Index: 5
Inequality is a characteristic of societies worldwide, and many groups face disparities across a range of domains from economy to health to justice. While inequality is a complex problem in which many of these domains are interconnected, most research examines only one area, or at most the effect of one area on another. This paper details an innovative approach to studying inequality using an indicators methodology. The Equality Indicators are comprised of 96 measures of inequality and how it ch...
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#1Saul M. Kassin (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)H-Index: 46
#2Jeff Kukucka (TU: Towson University)H-Index: 7
Last. John Decarlo (University of New Haven)H-Index: 1
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#1Michelle L. WestH-Index: 7
#2Victoria Z. LawsonH-Index: 5
Last. Jill Grose-FiferH-Index: 11
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#1Victoria Z. LawsonH-Index: 5
#2Jennifer E. DysartH-Index: 9
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#1Victoria Z. Lawson (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)H-Index: 5
#2Deryn Strange (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)H-Index: 12
The media is influential in shaping people’s knowledge and beliefs about the world; however, reporters may take liberties with the facts to support a particular view or to create an entertaining story, resulting in biased or even falsified reports. We examined whether news reports with exaggerated details from newspapers and/or television are more likely to lead to memory distortion and whether a warning regarding the media’s potential for exaggeration can reduce memory distortion and increase s...
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#1Besiki L. Kutateladze (CUNY: City University of New York)H-Index: 3
#2Victoria Z. Lawson (CUNY: City University of New York)H-Index: 5
Last. Nancy R. AndiloroH-Index: 3
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The majority of cases in the United States are disposed of through plea bargaining; however, this important discretionary point has received relatively little attention from researchers compared with trial and jury proceedings, and other discretionary points such as arrest and sentencing. Additionally, although evidence is considered an important factor in determining case outcomes, its influence on prosecutors’ decisions regarding plea offers is less clear. In this study, we examined the potent...
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#1Michelle L. West (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)H-Index: 7
#2Victoria Z. Lawson (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)H-Index: 5
Last. Jill Grose-Fifer (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)H-Index: 11
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There are concerns that if neuroscientific deception detection evidence becomes admissible in court, jurors may weigh it inappropriately. We investigated whether mock jurors were influenced more by electrophysiological than behavioral evidence that a defendant in a criminal trial was lying. Participants’ perceptions of evidence quality predicted verdict choice, and quality ratings were higher for neuroscientific than for behavioral evidence. However, both types of evidence increased guilty verdi...
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