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Table 6

Perceptions of and Attitudes toward the Legal System with Quasi Control Group*

Never asked (n=152)Participated (n=124)Asked and agreed but did not participate (n=32)Overall p-level**
Science should aid law 4.14 4.00 3.97 ns 
Judges can understand science 2.80 2.85 2.94 ns 
Jurors can understand science 2.42 2.39 2.41 ns 
Lawyers can understand science 2.82a 3.18b 2.75a p < .005 
Scientists are treated with respect 3.15a 3.43b 3.24ab p < .01 
Experts compromise standards 3.18 3.37 3.10 ns 
Links real world and science 2.72a 3.12b 2.90ab p < .007 
Success of legal system with science 52.5%a 70.0%b 51.6%a p < .01 
Never asked (n=152)Participated (n=124)Asked and agreed but did not participate (n=32)Overall p-level**
Science should aid law 4.14 4.00 3.97 ns 
Judges can understand science 2.80 2.85 2.94 ns 
Jurors can understand science 2.42 2.39 2.41 ns 
Lawyers can understand science 2.82a 3.18b 2.75a p < .005 
Scientists are treated with respect 3.15a 3.43b 3.24ab p < .01 
Experts compromise standards 3.18 3.37 3.10 ns 
Links real world and science 2.72a 3.12b 2.90ab p < .007 
Success of legal system with science 52.5%a 70.0%b 51.6%a p < .01 
*

Scale ranges from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree)

**

“p <” = significant level; ns = not significant at the .05 level

Note: Subscripts indicate significant differences on the post hoc comparisons.

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