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U of R Conducts Study on Judges

The goal was to determine if their personal lives effect their legal decisions.
How much does a judge's personal life influence decisions on the bench?  University of Rochester politicial science professor Maya Sen co-authored a study on this topic.  The study asked if federal judges with at least one daughter were more likely to vote in favor of women's rights issues.  They found judges with daughters do vote more liberally on gender-related cases.  "We found that judges who have at least one girl vote in a more liberal direction on cases having a component to do with gender.  So, for example, they're more likely to vote in favor of a plantiff who's been discriminated against because of her gener. They're more likely to vote in favor of more lenient abortion rights laws, things like this," said Sen.


The research could be used when evaluating Supreme Court nominees.



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