The Advocate: When LSU loses, defendants pay a price

When LSU loses, so do defendants appearing before judges in areas close to Baton Rouge, according to a study done by LSU economists and reported in The Advocate newspaper.

That might mean that this week has been a bad one for defendants.

The study is called "Emotional Judges and Unlucky Juveniles," and was done by LSU economists Naci Mocan and Ozkan Eren, that looked at Louisiana juvenile court decisions from 1996 to 2012.

The Advocate reported that the research showed that juveniles received 1,332 days of excess jail time and probation after an unexpected LSU loss.

The study found that following an LSU upset loss, sentences handed out that week were an average of 37 days longer - and, if the judge received his undergraduate degree from LSU, the sentence was 74 days longer.

To see the entire story in The Advocate, including a response from some judges, click here.


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