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03 June 2008

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Alan E. Dunne

The authors explained in correspondence that they controlled for a judge's own age but not that of his colleagues on a panel(in contrast to what they did with other "judge" variables) because the found little evidence a judge's age affected the judge's colleagues on a panel. This suggests that which charcteristics of a judge affect their decisions but not those of their panel colleagues might be worth exploring, versus those that do both and perhaps versus characteristics of a judge that do not affect their own decisions but do affect those of their panel colleagues. How far the judge's own decisionmaking on the panel sercves as a mediator variable of course affects all this.

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