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Title: Three Angry Men: A Game Theoretic Analysis of How The Two-Sided Unanimous Verdict Rule Affects Outcomes in Jury Trials
Authors: Harrel, William
Advisors: Adam Meirowitz
Contributors: van Handel, Ramon
Department: Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Class Year: 2013
Abstract: Much has been written about how deliberative bodies such as juries come to decisions with imperfect information, but most of this research assumes either majority rule, one-sided unanimity, or another binary decision rule. We analyze what happens when juries are required to abide by a two-sided unanimous verdict rule in which unanimity is required to convict or acquit a defendant, and if there is no unanimous verdict after a certain number of rounds of voting, there is a mistrial. We nd that two-sided unanimity performs at least as well as simple majority and one-sided unanimity, and it usually performs better.
Extent: 70 pages
Access Restrictions: Walk-in Access. This thesis can only be viewed on computer terminals at the Mudd Manuscript Library.
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Operations Research and Financial Engineering, 2000-2017

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