If you have a jury trial wear glasses, studies show you are more likely to be found not guilty

I guess they call it the nerd defense. According to the Article

“A lot of things are conveyed by eyeglasses. They look more intellectual or like someone who goes to school,” she said. “I advise clients to dress like they’re going to church or to visit their grandmother.”

Research has shown glasses generally go a long way with jurors. A 2008 study found specs led to more acquittals.

“We found that eyeglasses tended to make the defendant look more intelligent and less physically threatening to jurors,” said Michael Brown, the SUNY Oneonta psychology professor who conducted the study. “It’s the whole idea of presenting yourself as intelligent and a little emasculated.”

Jurors say the ruse works.

“I don’t think of someone with glasses as being a psycho killer,” said one potential juror in an upcoming murder trial. “I’d wear them too if I was in their shoes.”

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