Chapter Twelve of the textbook discusses the various factors that influence a jury’s verdict. In
many cases where the evidence is strong and straightforward, juries rely on that evidence as the
primary factor that influences their decisions. However, in cases where the evidence may be a bit
ambiguous or weak, juries often turn to extralegal information during their deliberations.
answer the following questions:
• What is extralegal information?
• What are some of the more popular sources of extralegal information?
• How might extralegal information influence a jury?
• What do you think are some steps that should occur to counteract the effects of extralegal
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