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Winter driving in Wyoming can be treacherous

Winter temperatures in Wyoming often plunge into the teens, and many cities in the state will receive more than 100 inches of snow before the spring thaw. Figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation reveal that accidents on roads covered in slush, ice or snow kill more than 1,300 road users each year and injure a further 116,800, but the risks of an icy crash can be reduced significantly by slowing down, maintaining safe distances and driving defensively.

The risk of unconscious bias in court

Some judges in Wyoming and around the country may be influenced in their decision-making by unconscious bias. According to some neuroscience research, people sometimes make decisions under the influence of unconscious assumptions or biases that they might consciously reject. Research has also shown that in the courtroom, judges often make decisions based on intuition rather than rationality. This can lead to defendants from groups who often face discrimination, such as black or gay people, receiving harsher treatment.

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