Making a Case for the Trier of Fact

Making a Case for the Trier of Fact

Trier of Fact

The Focal Point’s Chris Ritter was prominently featured in The Recorder August 11, 2011 article, entitled “Making a Case for the Trier of Fact.” This piece discusses his viewpoint on the Casey Anthony verdict:

The general public may disagree with the Anthony verdict, but it should not trivialize the difficult process that the jurors must have gone through to reach this conclusion. This was not an easy decision, it never is, particularly when the conclusion is hugely unpopular because the victim is an innocent child.

After weeks of trial testimony, wasn’t there something wrong with how quickly the jury reached its verdict?

We demand a lot from our jurors. We take them away from their regular lives and insist that they resolve often complex issues for people they have never met and will likely never see again. Fortunately, jurors for the most part take these responsibilities very seriously. They believe that the right answer is out there and are willing to work very hard to find it. Jurors may complain about having to serve, yet most believe that they have a personal stake in making sure that the system works. Often, this commitment is the only thing that provides jurors with the support they need to make a decision they know will be widely unpopular.


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Making a Case for the Trier of Fact

Appeared in The Recorder

August 11, 2011


G. Christopher Ritter

Chris Ritter is a Senior Strategy Advisor and Jury Consultant at IMS | The Focal Point and has nearly twenty years of experience working as a trial lawyer. An accomplished author, Chris has written three books, published by the American Bar Association.

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