My name is Amanda Chen. I am from Guangdong China and I am studying American law in the USA. I am not used to speaking my mind and though people in China can get around it, such social media as YouTube and Face book are blocked in China. I think you are lucky to speak your opinion and debate with people from all over, I have studied some murder cases looking at interesting legal questions, and I find the Jodi Arias case fascinating. In China, Jodi would have had her trial and appeals and most likely would have been executed on her knees with a gunshot, all before Christmas 2008. Four to six months is a normal time in China from start of trial to final sentence. It’s a good thing this happened in America, because I think it’s the wrong outcome and a mistake.
Just when you thought it was safe to watch HLN again, along comes Jodi. Jodi is back in the news for the never ending trial, stone throwing and suffering fest. Some mentally deranged person on HLN wasted no time in declaring on Monday that Jodi was “just standing there like a zombie” Too bad the spokesperson didn’t wait a few minutes to find out that the sound was cut off and that Judge Stephens was addressing the parties. Jodi is shackled hand and foot, so what do you expect her to do, dance? Of course we are all comfortable to know that it was a unanimous decision, Jodi was found guilty of 1st degree premeditated murder. Ninety percent of the public will agree, case closed, end of story. But is it really?
Many people think death is the right penalty for Jodi. This is justice. We can study the death penalty and see what cases get this justice. I read on other sites that death penalty cases are for the murder of children and the helpless, for murder with rape, kidnapping and torture, for multiple murders and defendants with previous violent felonies, for conspiracies with multiple actors and murders for hire. Also the death penalty is used for murder for a money motive. Then I looked at the cases of all death row inmates in Arizona. I also looked at the other states, too. All of them fall under one or more of these circumstances. All except for just one case: the case of Jodi Arias.
But let’s ignore that inconvenient truth and move on. A death qualified jury is a happy jury and it’s a jury that usually has a less critical eye on the prosecutor. I think they loved the prosecutor. I heard that HBO will run a new series called, what else? You guessed it. Prove it, you say? Why should I have to prove anything, says Jane Velez Mitchell. Nowadays, speculation is the new proof, and malicious speculation is even proofier.
So after five months of trial, we know exactly what happened in that bathroom on June 4th, 2008, right? No. We know almost nothing about what happened in that bathroom. We know almost everything else, though. Well, they say that Travis Alexander unfortunately is no longer alive and Jodi is a liar, so how could we know what happened? During the trial, the evidence experts described a great deal of blood spatter, blood evidence, and other crime scene evidence. But what were their conclusions? They had no conclusions. The defense just didn’t have that expertise. The prosecution must have thought they didn’t need to prove anything about that. It just couldn’t be that the blood and crime scene evidence contradicts their theory? No, it couldn’t be that. Doctor Henry Lee and Dexter would be completely shocked. So are Richard Speight and George Barwood. They both found evidence that backs the defense theory. Jose Baez also said that the best defense for Jodi was to study the crime scene. But, no time for that, let’s move on.
This was a premeditated first degree murder. We all know that. It was proven in court. It doesn’t matter that the gun the prosecution claimed Jodi stole from her grandfather contained 7 hollow point bullets and Travis was shot with a round point bullet. We should ignore that the casing found at the crime scene was a Winchester 25 auto, but Jodi’s grandfather didn’t have that type of ammo. She rented a car at the airport. That’s sneaky, you know, because of all the cameras and security at airports. It can’t be because the airport has name brand rental agencies with cheaper prices, discounts and a better selection. It’s not because they allow you to put more miles on the car and go further distances. Also, it’s not that Jodi was being double sneaky by not hiding anything about the gas cans. We know she was calculating x miles needs x gallons to get in and out of Arizona. So what that Jodi is not good at math? We know that she didn’t take the gas cans just to save money and because she was afraid of breaking down in the desert and roasting to death. She was a young, single woman travelling alone in the desert. Why could she be afraid she would get stuck in the desert and be at the mercy of anyone who came along?
Now the license plate being upside-down, that’s a sure sign of an intent to commit murder. Forget about the fact that the roommate does not remember seeing a white car with or without an upside-down plate or no plate. Arizona borders California and a California license plate in Mesa is no big deal. We also have the phone not being charged. How could Jodi stock up on plenty of water and gas, but yet she forgets to charge her phone? That’s the act of a sneaky murderer. It doesn’t matter that Jodi has made that same trip from Southern California to Arizona many times before and that phones run out of charge all the time. Not just this but Jodi colored her hair. Her hair was brown with blonde highlights and it was in bad shape by June. She had just cashed some paychecks she needed for the trip, so it wasn’t because she finally had some money and she was meeting her new love interest. She colored her brown hair brown to murder Travis Alexander. So now we have our mountain of evidence of premeditation, so let’s move on.
I know Jodi isn’t good at math but Juan Martinez is. He even has a formula for Jodi’s obvious guilt of 1st degree murder. It’s the same as HLN. The formula is this: Lies + autopsy photos + speculation = guilt. We know that Jodi just wants to lie her way out of the death penalty or life in prison. Juan Martinez told us that. We know Jodi lied at the interrogation and the two interviews for Inside Edition and 48 Hours. She will just continue to lie. We should not consider that maybe Jodi had a very good incentive to tell the truth. We shouldn’t believe that because Jodi admitted she lied in the past, she must now be truthful to gain credibility with the jury. How else will they believe her? She admitted that she killed Travis Alexander, but we can’t give her credit for that. Forget about all the things Jodi said at trial that were proven to be true. We should never consider that being honest on the stand was crucial to her defense. Jose Baez said that “Jodi was an excellent witness”. But instead, we should listen to Jane Velez Mitchell. She was a radio talk show host and now she’s on TV. She the one with the “facts”. We can just move on.
Also, we cannot consider that Jodi lied because she was afraid and confused and she simply has no memory of most of what happened in that bathroom and the flight out of Arizona. This is what Kurt Nurmi called “an inconvenient truth”. Jodi talks a lot, she was disciplined in Perryville Jail for never stopping her talking, but she has never spoken about the stabbings. She must just be being that sneaky zombie of a Jodi. We like the truth and we want to know the truth. A good prosecutor can catch you in a lie in just an hour on the stand. Jodi spent eighteen grueling days on the stand and where were all the lies? Jane Velez Mitchell thinks she knows where they are, but JVM is using speculation and malicious speculation. That’s OK, because speculation is the new fact. Moving on, now, moving on.
We are lucky we had Juan Martinez to stop Jodi. He’s everyone’s hero and the person you want if it your own family member is brutally murdered. On March 6, 2012, Juan spoke for the prosecution at the commutation hearing of Robert Towery. This was a meeting where the board decides if Robert lives or dies. Robert robbed and murdered an elder acquaintance. He faced the death penalty. So we were fortunate that Juan asked the board to please not forget that Robert injected the victim with a syringe full of battery acid. Who even cares that there was no battery acid found in the syringe or in the victim? Who even cares that this was made clear at Robert’s trial 20 years before? Details, details. Juan had a solemn duty to lie to protect the public. Anyway, who cares because this case involved the robbery and murder of a helpless elder, a conspiracy, another actor, prior violent felonies, and a money motive. Many people don’t remember the facts, but many people remember the Battery Acid Killer from Arizona. An obvious lie had become the truth. Why ruin their memories and inconvenience them with the truth? If you don’t believe me, it’s all on YouTube video. So don’t worry. Instead, we can just move on.
Juan argued that Jodi’s life before 2008 was irrelevant to the penalty phase. He asked that the defense should not be allowed to present evidence about what she did or what she was like in the past. But Juan was the one who endlessly brought up Jodi’s past. Juan told us about when Jodi was 10 years old, when she was 14, and when she was 17 and had her first relationship. We heard endlessly about Bobby Juarez from Juan. We need to know this because it’s the evidence of 1st degree premeditated murder. Juan’s so clever, I love him. Juan also told the jury you can’t believe Jodi when she says she shot Travis and then they both fell to the floor and then Travis was grabbing at her so she broke loose and got away. Juan said the jury should never believe that because who would turn their back on their attacker? Nobody would do that! She must be lying. But then there was Juan telling the jury that Jodi stabbed Travis in the shower. He said Travis just walked past Jodi in the middle of a knife attack and he just went to the sink and turned his back on her. We can believe that because Juan is so Juanderful! Juan Martinez also showed the world just how incredibly long two minutes can be, then he said it was way too short a time for Jodi’s story to be true. I love how he talked about Bobby Juarez and Christmas tree, Snow White, Fog, and Ring. It sounded just like a Harry Potter story. I love it!
We should just move on and we should not think about the fact that the gun being last is not believable. Never mind all the reasons why it’s not believable, never mind about Dr. Horn’s doctored report and his false testimony. Never mind that Jodi supposedly went through all the trouble to set up a robbery just to get her grandfather’s gun, and then decided to use a knife first instead. Don’t worry that Detective Flores said three times on the 48 Hours interview that the prosecution believes that the gun was first. Pay no attention to the fact that the prosecution changed their theory while looking into possible aggravators for the death penalty.
So, Dr. Horn stated on the stand that no blood was found in the wound tract in the brain. There’s your proof that the gun shot happened after Travis died. But he also stated that no wound tract was found in the brain. Don’t think about the idea that no blood was found in the wound tract that also was not found. Forget about all the blood coming out of Travis’ nose in the crime scene photo. Ignore the fact that it is almost impossible to shoot someone in the head above the right eyebrow and across the nasal cavity when the victim is lying on the floor. Don’t think about what a badly placed shot it was if Travis was lying still. Forget the idea that Travis was able to walk to the sink and turn his back on his attacker because he was shot and didn’t know what had just happened to him. It makes more sense and fits much better, but we should follow Juan Martinez instead. Juan’s our hero.
Can we move on now? Well we know Jodi was justly found guilty of 1st degree premeditated murder. She was unanimously found guilty by a jury of her peers. Case closed. End of story. We cannot be startled by the fact that 7 jurors found Jodi guilty of both premeditated and not premeditated murder. Jurors, those two charges are alternatives. You can choose one or the other. Well, those alternatives were offered by Juan, so we’ll choose both, thanks. Juan was so sure of his case for premeditation, that he added the extra charge of 1st degree felony murder, just in case the jurors didn’t believe the lie that the gun was last.
We know there are the three aggravator prongs of “especially heinous, cruel or depraved”. Many posters on sites don’t seem to know that especially heinous and depraved were not found by the prosecution. So, during the aggravation phase, there was the single aggravator prong of especially cruel to be decided on. The jury was unanimous on the single aggravator of cruelty. We know the defense presented eight possible mitigators. The jurors could select any or none of those and they could also select any mitigators they could find from any part of the trial. Whatever mitigators they believed were true, they could weigh against the single aggravator.
So we should not be concerned that when the jurors were deciding on the death penalty, at least one juror believed the instruction was that you can find as many aggravators that you wanted from the entire trial. Diane Schwartz AKA juror #6, said that she went home before that decision and decided on all the aggravators she could think of from the trial. She even named four of them. If you don’t believe me, it’s right on video. Why would it matter that this is not what the jury instructions said she could do?
Watch Juror #6, Diane Schwartz, talk about all the aggravators
She found against Jodi Arias, in violation of juror instructions
and Arizona State law.
We can’t consider that Jodi told the truth on the stand. Travis’ friends dispute this in Jane’s new book. Forget about facts, we’ve got speculation from JVM. Don’t think that Jodi was scared and confused and has no memory of much of June 4th 2008. Just because there are many well documented cases of precisely the same thing happening to many others should not sway us. We must not think that dedicated people like Juan Martinez and Dr. Horn would not tell the truth and change a report and testimony. We should never consider that the gun had to be first. Forget that it was an injustice to both Jodi and the Alexander family to insist on the death penalty in this case. We should just move on. Because if we stop to think about it, we would have to consider that Jodi Arias did not receive a fair trial. This can’t be because that would be a violation of her Constitutional rights to not be deprived of life or liberty without due process of law.
We have Juan Martinez and we have Wendy Murphy who compared Jodi to Hannibal Lectur, a fictional serial killer and cannibal. Wendy Murphy told us all about the “porn defense” Jodi used. Jodi used sex to make the jurors forget about the gruesome crime. She said that the defense didn’t produce mitigation witnesses on purpose so they could get the death penalty and win on appeal. I’m sure that was the defense strategy, to make sure that Jodi got the death penalty. We have Jane Mitchell and her best selling book. We don’t need facts at all. We have speculation and malicious speculation, so all’s well. We have Nancy Grace, who always says “I want to investigate the case. I want to know the truth”. Then she declares Jodi Arias guilty at the start of her trial. We don’t need Gus Searcy, Lisa Daidone, Darryl Brewer, Patty Womack or Alyce LaViolette to give their honest opinions. Luckily they have all been threatened, intimidated and frightened away. Why should we wait 20 years to know the gun really was first? We have Juan Martinez, he took out the Battery Acid Killer! I want to know the truth, so we should ignore the facts. We should kind of follow the law. We should do the right thing for Travis. Let’s call Jodi Arias a cannibal, a whore and a zombie. Let’s put her to death and just move on.
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