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CHICAGO � Northwestern University professor Bruce Spencer has conducted an analysis of 271 state court cases, spanning various judicial jurisdictions, and found that juries gave “wrong” verdicts in at least one out of eight cases. He came to his conclusions by comparing the verdict of the jury with responses from judges who were overseeing the cases and who responded to a questionnaire asking for their opinion on the correct verdict. Facts from the cases that he used in his study were gathered in a U.S. National Center for State Courts survey. “This study strongly suggests that DNA or other after-the-fact evidence is not the only way to know how often jury verdicts are correct,” said Spencer, who is a professor of statistics at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research, in a press release. Spencer said he hopes that such statistical studies will support nationwide efforts to expose wrongful convictions. The results of the study will be published in the July issue of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. Spencer said that the study is not representative of a larger set of cases.

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