Jurors’ Assessments of the Co-Morbid Attributes of a Gambling Addiction

with Amber Monck and Emily Pammett

 Abstract

In the current study we examine how jury-eligible community members consider the co-morbid aspects of a gambling addiction. In the context of expert testimony, we will investigate perceptions of gambling co-occurring with other addictions such as alcohol and substance abuse. In addition, we will investigate whether jurors consider evidence of gambling as a non-statutory mitigating circumstance category of substantial impairment. Finally, we will use a path analysis to examine the mediating influence of affective states on capital sentencing decisions. We expect the comorbidity aspects of gambling will moderate the relation between defendant gender and perceptions of the gambling addiction.

Amber and Emily presented the results this project at a poster session at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Chicago, May 2012.