The model hypothesizes that attributions of blame and offender likableness are directly related to revenge and forgiveness cognitions which, in turn, are the immediate precursors of revenge and forgiveness behavior.
Finally, offender likableness is hypothesized to relate to forgiveness behavior through the mediating construct of forgiveness cognitions, to which it will be positively related, and to revenge behavior through the mediating construct of revenge cognitions, to which it will be negatively related.
In Figure 1b, we deleted the pathway linking offender likableness to revenge thoughts.
Hypothesis 4 predicts that offender likableness would be positively related to forgiveness cognitions and negatively related to revenge cognitions.
In addition, the less constrained model showed that offender likableness mitigates attributions of blame.
Finally, we note that in the Linz, Penrod, and McDonald study neither the quality of the opening statement (as judged by outside observers) nor the relative advantage enjoyed by prosecutors over defense attorneys in juror ratings on dimensions like enthusiasm, arrogance, nervousness, friendliness, and likableness
had a significant relationship to case outcomes.