To the layman res judicata is simply another one of those esoteric legal subterfuges by which lawyers evade the simple facts and win lawsuits for their clients. So he shrugs his shoulders at the whole silly business and confines his interest in the law to the dramatic trio: great crimes, great names, and great figures. To the lawyer, principle is dominant. Though he may quibble over its spelling, he recognizes res judicata as a sound working principle and is interested in the popular case mainly because good legal talent will be employed, capable arguments presented, and sound decisions reached.