Pretrial Publicity and the Jury: Research and Methods

  • Lisa M. Spano
  • Jennifer L. Groscup
  • Steven D. Penrod


Research conducted over the past 40 years demonstrates that pretrial publicity (PTP) can negatively influence jurors’ perceptions of parties in criminal and civil cases receiving substantial news coverage. Changes in the news media over the same period of time have made news coverage more accessible to the public as traditional media including newspapers, television, and radio are complemented with new media such as the Internet. The development of specialized media services such as Court TV has further complicated the task of finding jurors who have not been exposed to potentially biasing PTP. In short, contemporary media pose growing challenges to those involved in trials, especially highly publicized cases.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa M. Spano
    • 1
  • Jennifer L. Groscup
  • Steven D. Penrod
  1. 1.PhaseOne CommunicationsLos AngelesUSA

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