A new study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science finds bias in judges’ rulings in child custody cases (Science Daily, 4/3/18). Now, it’s worthwhile to note that this is a study, not of judicial behavior in the courtroom in actual cases, but in hypothetical ones. Still, the methodology of the case suggests the pro-mother/anti-father bias we’ve come to know all too well.
The study was conducted by Andrea Miller, who’s an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Miller accomplished one amazing thing; she got 500 state court judges to take part in the study. They did so anonymously due to the fact that the results could be embarrassing for the state and the judiciary thereof. So we don’t even know which state the study took place in. Miller also received the participation of 500 lay people.