Monday, April 11, 2011

Facing a judge? Study says go early or after lunch

"If you have to face a judge, try for first thing in the morning or right after lunch. A new study suggests that's when they're most lenient.

Seeking to test the idea that justice depends on 'what the judge ate for breakfast,' researchers studied 1,112 rulings by Israeli judges who were presiding over boards deciding whether to grant parole to prisoners.

'We find that the likelihood of a favorable ruling is greater at the very beginning of the work day or after a food break than later in the sequence of cases,' the researchers report in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

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