Making a Case for the 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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Appeared in The Recorder
August 11, 2011