Commentary: Pursuing justice in death penalty trials

Clarence Watson, Spencer Eth, Gregory B. Leong

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The capital trial, by its nature, is fraught with emotionally disturbing elements that jurors must face when deciding the ultimate fate of a guilty defendant. A confluence of mitigating and aggravating factors influences a capital jury's decision to impose a sentence of death. The presence or absence of defendant remorse in these cases may make all the difference in whether a capital defendant's life is spared. This commentary examines the onerous emotional toll encountered by capital jurors in light of the findings of Corwin and colleagues regarding defendant remorse and juror's need for affect. The commentary also presents practical and ethics-related considerations that should be kept in mind when reflecting on their study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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