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Viewing CSI and the Threshold of Guilt: Managing Truth and Justice in Reality and in Fiction

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Viewing Csi And The Threshold Of Guilt: Managing Truth And Justice In Reality And In Fiction, Tom R. Tyler Jan 2006

Viewing Csi And The Threshold Of Guilt: Managing Truth And Justice In Reality And In Fiction, Tom R. Tyler

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The "CSI effect" is a term that legal authorities and the mass media have coined to describe a supposed influence that watching the television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has on juror behavior. Some have claimed that jurors who see the high-quality forensic evidence presented on CSI raise their standards in real trials, in which actual evidence is typically more flawed and uncertain. As a result, these CSI-affected jurors are alleged to acquit defendants more frequently. This Review argues that, while some existing evidence on juror decisionmaking is consistent with the CSI effect, it is equally plausible that watching CSI ...