The verdict: if you are ugly you are guilty
- Ugly defendants 'more likely to be found guilty than attractive ones'
Good looks could help guilty defendants dodge justice, researchers have said.
They reported that in an experiment jurors were more likely to convict suspects deemed ugly than those seen as attractive.
That's why I keep my nose clean. With a nice antiseptic tissue.
son of parnas
March 22nd, 2007 9:24am
Sounds like a good topic for a dissertation: "Lookism in the American Judicial System"
BTW, Don't get the defense attorney who wears a ponytail with his suit.
March 22nd, 2007 9:30am
Defendants should wear masks then. Or be communicated to thry Internet forums. The only face-to-face right is the one they have to see their accuser/witness.
March 22nd, 2007 9:32am
I think you'd find the only people more likely to be found guilty than the ugly are the ones wearing masks.
Cause clearly, they have something to hide.
March 22nd, 2007 10:03am
I meant if everyone had to wear masks, it would be a more equal playing field.
March 22nd, 2007 10:05am
Maybe just blur them and have them attend via cctv like they do some arraignments now.
March 22nd, 2007 10:17am
I bet the prosecutors don't mind. It's easier to convict someone whose face you don't see (ugly or not). Makes them less human.
March 22nd, 2007 10:22am
>Defendants should wear masks then. Or be communicated to thry Internet forums.
Then you'd find that defendants that didn't use punctuation properly or capital letters would be discriminated against.
March 22nd, 2007 10:38am
They probably discriminate against accents too
March 22nd, 2007 11:13am
And don't forget cases like Lindy Chamberlain (dingo baby) and Claus Von Bulow where you're guilty if you don't display enough remorseful histrionics.
March 22nd, 2007 11:17am
In prison ugliness is a virtue.
March 22nd, 2007 12:00pm
I know what the LAPD are thinking now - "why the heck didn't we glass OJ before putting him on trial?"
March 22nd, 2007 1:15pm
>> "why the heck didn't we glass OJ before putting him on trial?" <<
I've heard that called "giving them the screen-test"
(the screen is the divider between front & rear seats)
March 22nd, 2007 2:14pm
If anything, the good-looking defendants should always be found guilty. I mean, really, if you're good-looking, you shouldn't have any trouble getting some.
On a related note, Chris Rock on sexual harassment:
"What is sexual harassment? When an ugly man wants to get some?"
Ugly Dog on the Internet
March 22nd, 2007 10:51pm