A 10 page paper that argues the thesis that women jurors are less likely to vote for capital punishment than are male jurors and presents a basic determinate proposal projecting results that will substantiate this claim. Discussed are the maximalist and minimalist approaches that have been taken in the study of gender differences in criminal sentencing, with emphasis being placed on the effectiveness of the minimalist approach. The proposed research involves the study of a sampling of first and second level university students and outlines the steps necessary to carry out this survey. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Georgia Sheriffs Department and employee morale hit an all-time low. Two years after they had buried one of their own, the deputies of Gwinnett anticipated an avenging angel in
the form of a legalized death penalty to satisfy their hunger for an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Three weeks into the month of February,
as expected, the jury found the defendant in the murder case of Deputy Ken Wimberly guilty beyond all shadows of reasonable doubt (Ippolito, 2000). Two hours into the deliberation,
however, an unexpected vote of 11-1 ruled out by law the possibility of capital punishment and automatically reverted the sentence to life imprisonment with an eligibility for parole in fourteen
years time (p. J1). Determined by law during the selection process to possess an inherent belief in the implementation of capital punishment if applicable to the nature of the
crime, the one opposing juror chose to exercise the right to disagree and not to condone its use in this particular case. The dissenting jurors decision could not be
swayed despite the arguments and pressures applied by the remaining eleven panelists and the general atmosphere that permeated the trial, the courtroom, and the township (Ippolito, 2000). The one dissenting
juror was a woman. Although only one woman serving on the panel of one jury in only one of the many criminal cases tried daily throughout the courtrooms of America,
this woman is representative of the many females who currently serve as criminal jurors. Faced with a full one twelfth of an ethical decision that will either grant an
offender the right to live or condemn this offender to a certain death, this jurors response is representative of a noted gender difference that is surfacing in mixed juries nationwide.