Quick links from around the web and blogosphere:
From the BPS Research Digest Blog, research that suggests jurors may be biased against fathers in child sex abuse trials: The researchers “found that with all other circumstances and evidence held equal, people are more likely to judge a father guilty than a mother. However the same gender bias wasn’t found to apply when the suspect was a stranger to the alleged victim.”
- Reference: McCoy, M.L. & Gray, J.M. (2007). The impact of defendant gender and relationship to victim on juror decisions in a child sexual abuse case. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37, 1578-1593.
Via Schneier on Security, the San Francisco Chronicle (14 Aug) discusses the proposition that CCTV cameras in San Francisco public housing developments “have never helped police officers arrest a homicide suspect even though about a quarter of the city’s homicides occur on or near public housing property”.
Providentia highlights a recent study on the ‘fear standard’ in stalking. The abstract concludes: “Requiring a woman to feel fearful before accepting her experience as an instance of stalking risks… a miscarriage of justice, an undercount of the crime, and an abandonment of women (and others) who need validation from the state and protection from stalkers”.
- Reference: Dietz N.A. & Martin P.Y. (2007). Women who are stalked: questioning the fear standard. Violence Against Women 13(7):750-76
Grits for Breakfast has run a series of posts on ‘snitching’ recently, including: informant-related news stories, the prevalence of the ‘no snitching’ code and the crucial distinction between a ‘snitch’ and a witness.
- See also: Snitches get Stitches, a report on witness intimidation published in May 07