Publication details [#57764]

Conley, Robin. 2013. Living with the decision that someone will die: Linguistic distance and empathy in jurors' death penalty decisions. Language in Society 42 (5) : 503–526.
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Cambridge University Press


This paper discusses how physical and linguistic distance management in Texan death penalty trials, enables jurors to deny defendants compassion (by dehumanizing them), and, in turn, warrants their death sentencing decisions.