The Jodi Arias Murder Trial: A Juanderful Closing Argument
(SpolightOnLaw The Jodi Arias Murder Trial: The OTHER side of the story)
Fact based reporting by
Rob Roman and Amanda Chen
In the all-important closing argument, Maricopa, Arizona prosecutor, Juan Martinez, promised to “shine the light of truth” on the defendant. He explained that Jodi Arias is guilty of first degree murder because:
- Jodi called her sister “stupid” (Important)
- She had conflicts with her parents
- She got in big trouble and lied about it
- Jodi “adjusted” Ryan Burns
- She “committed perjury”. Everything she said is nothing but lies.
- Jodi is a liar and manipulator because she testified that Ryan Burns was “full of crap”…
- …after Ryan testified that he thought she said “she worked at Margaritaville” and he “touched her vaginal area”.
- “A field of lies sprouted every time she took the witness stand”.
- She is a waitress / manipulator who flirts with customers for tips.
- The defense experts and defense team are all liars.
- If Jodi told the truth about Travis having a gun and she did not premeditate the murder, she’s still a thief because she stole Travis’ gun and she’s still a murderer in the first degree because the prosecution, with the approval of the judge, legally manipulated the law with the felony murder charge.
- She stomped around like a wildebeest migration and left behind incriminating evidence.
- She was focused and deliberate, removed incriminating evidence and she did not leave a trail of bloody footprints while exiting the home.
- Jodi is a liar because she has a good memory for buying a Strawberry Frappuccino but can’t remember the details of a horrific, traumatic killing.
- The only victimization or trauma Jodi ever experienced in her life was this: Jodi is “a victim of the trauma of lying”.
- Jodi implicated herself on the stand and violated the spirit of the law by stealing a license plate that she was not absolutely sure belonged to her rental car.
- Jodi was criminally careless and negligent in possibly depriving a citizen of their lawfully obtained California license plate.
- Jodi “has created a fantasy world”. Yet, even in her fantasy world, Juan reaches in and catches her several times violating the law.
- She decorates her lies with ornamentations to make them more believable.
- Jodi is a lying liar. She even lied to Travis by faking an orgasm.
- Jodi is a story-teller and sociopath who will defy the laws of common decency, bend the law to suit her purposes, lie, manipulate and even break the law in order to achieve her goals.
- Jodi is strong-willed.
- “She’s not a reasonable person, she’s a liar and a murderer.”
- She is physically strong enough to take Travis and she “Adjusted Ryan” (Important)
- After killing Travis the “chameleon” proceeds to Utah where “that thing” kisses Ryan Burns, straddles and “adjusts him”, and “rubs genitalia”.
- Jodi exaggerates and is dramatic.
“Has a dumb, stupid sister”
“Is not nice to her mother”
“Is not a very nice person”
“will lie and manipulate at every turn”
“targeted a good Mormon boy”
Because she “decided she needed to breed”
For prosecutor Juan Martinez, this is key evidence in the Jodi Arias trial. Jodi called her sister stupid one time while communicating with Travis Alexander. This was one of the first questions he put to Arias on cross-examination. Juan made certain to bring up this major piece of evidence in his closing argument.
Allegations that Arias also once stuck her tongue out at her sister, Angela, and called her a “poopy face” were not allowed into evidence.
Judge Sherri Stephens absolutely controlled the courtroom because earlier in the trial she made sure the spectators remained silent and did not interrupt the prosecutor in an hour back and forth examination about crucial testimony concerning Snow White, the role of the Prince, the ages of the Seven Dwarfs, and whether their home was a “shack” or a “cute cottage”.
If Judge Stephens had the temerity to simply ask Juan “Where are you going with this?” she may have risked a mistrial or a successful appeal. It was a grand fishing expedition, but Juan got nary a nibble.
According to Juan Martinez, Jodi Arias should allow Travis Alexander to berate her father and her grandfather (people he never met) because Jodi called her own sister “stupid”. These are the footprints of murder.
Arias, like many young people, had a strained relationship with her mother. This is evidence of either abuse or Jodi’s mental and emotional problems stemming from her childhood and mental illness. This is an issue which supports the defense, not the prosecution.
Martinez stated that Arias’ behavior and acts from her birth to her late teens were irrelevant to the crime or it’s mitigation. Yet, he brought them up again and again in this capital murder case.
Juan Martinez is fond of saying “You can’t have it both ways”.
This is a man whose imagination is confined to the world of Disney, where the whole world is invited to participate in the reduction of great works of literature and psychologically profound fables about passages into adulthood, into simplistic and pleasing tales and colorful, lilting rides.
That’s why author E.L. Doctorow, in his historical work, The Book of Daniel, called Disney World rides, themed after simplistic Disney stories loosely based on the true literary works of art, “a sentimental compression of something that is itself already a lie”.
That’s the Jodi Arias trial in a nutshell, ladies and gentleman, after the actual, and complicated truth was corrupted and bastardized into a simplistic good versus evil morality play by the “Bulldog” of Maricopa County.
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Juan Martinez gives his closing argument in the guilt phase of the trial