Why People Are Donating Money To A Convicted Felon Just Because He Has A Handsome Mug Shot

Why Jeremy Meeks has 120,000 Facebook fans.

Source: thinkprogress.org

A 1975 study found “unless they have used their attractiveness to commit a crime (for example, a swindle), good-looking people are likely to receive highly favorable treatment in the legal system.” For participants in the study, “When the crime was unrelated to attractiveness (burglary), subjects would assign more lenient sentences to the attractive defendant than to the unattractive defendant.” A more recent UK study found “attractive suspects were more likely to be acquitted, despite there being no extra evidence in their favor.”

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