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Relationships Between the Media’s Rhetoric and the Sentencing of White-Collar Criminals Public Deposited

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  • The legal landscape surrounding the prosecution of white-collar criminals has changed drastically over time, as has the media’s rhetoric, but the resulting sentence lengths have been inconsistent. This study utilizes historical newspaper articles to review the changes in media rhetoric over time and how this relates to the sentencing of white-collar criminals. The results of this study show that reporting on white-collar crime has increased significantly since the term was first coined in 1939. There has been a sharp increase in the use of aggressive rhetoric and a decrease in sympathy for white-collar criminals. Total loss amounts affect how criminals are perceived by the public, as increasing loss amounts are related to articles with a more aggressive tone.
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