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Media Influence on Courts: Evidence from Civil Case Adjudication

Media Influence on Courts: Evidence from Civil Case Adjudication This paper quantitatively assesses media influence on civil case adjudication in U.S. state courts. It shows that media influence substantially mitigates disparity in damage awards across political orientation of districts. That is, in areas with frequent newspaper coverage of courts, there is little difference in damage awards between conservative and liberal districts. In contrast, in areas with little newspaper coverage, liberal districts tend to grant substantially larger damage awards than do conservative ones. This result suggests that the presence of active media coverage may enhance consistency in the civil justice system. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Law and Economics Review Oxford University Press

Media Influence on Courts: Evidence from Civil Case Adjudication

American Law and Economics Review , Volume 17 (1) – Mar 26, 2015

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ISSN
1465-7252
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1465-7260
DOI
10.1093/aler/ahv005
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Abstract

This paper quantitatively assesses media influence on civil case adjudication in U.S. state courts. It shows that media influence substantially mitigates disparity in damage awards across political orientation of districts. That is, in areas with frequent newspaper coverage of courts, there is little difference in damage awards between conservative and liberal districts. In contrast, in areas with little newspaper coverage, liberal districts tend to grant substantially larger damage awards than do conservative ones. This result suggests that the presence of active media coverage may enhance consistency in the civil justice system.

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American Law and Economics ReviewOxford University Press

Published: Mar 26, 2015

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