Last Words: Nurmi has a bright pink tie

Fact based reporting by

Rob Roman & Amanda Chen

In this article, we go over the last words spoken in the final arguments of the 2nd penalty trial. We also go over the last words spoken between Travis and Jodi before her fateful trip to Mesa, Arizona. This is Nurmi’s 2nd or rebuttal, closing argument, the last thing the jurors heard before going into deliberations and taking control of the case.

“Now, Andy did you hear about this one?
Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
Andy are you goofing on Elvis? Hey, baby
Are we losing touch?

If you believed they put a man on the moon
Man on the moon
If you believe there’s nothing up his sleeve
Then nothing is cool ” – R.E.M.

 

It’s all in the hands of the twelve jurors now. We await their decision expected sometime between Monday and Thursday.

Like before, we cobbled this together from Tweets mostly from Jen Wood at The Trial Diaries. Here is the final argument by L. Kirk Nurmi:

 

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Kirk Nurmi has on a bright pink tie today and he’s getting all ready. Juan has arrived in a black suit and yellow tie. The Courtroom is very full today. Jodi Arias has come in wearing a grey blouse, her hair is down. Jodi is smiling and laughing with Jennifer Willmott.

Nurmi starts with a “Good morning!”

Juan objected and we have a sidebar.

 

 

 

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(Okay, I was joking about that)
Nurmi is talking about what the State has just presented … he’s calling it snipits.

Juan objected and we have a sidebar

(for real, this time)
Nurmi is going over the cross of Dr. Fonseca and how Jodi’s said “F*ck You, Bill” to her Dad after he slapped her, and Juan Martinez took issue with that.

Nurmi says Juan never took issue with a father slapping his daughter, but he takes issue with the daughter’s response. (Jen Wood never mentioned that in her tweets yesterday) Nurmi is a lot more aggressive today.

Now he’s bringing up the “total bitch” comment by the cousin.
Nurmi makes an excuse saying Jodi experienced trauma as a child by being physically and sexually abused.

Nurmi is saying Juan putting up a picture of TA’s neck cut open and asking if it was a smile was disgusting. (another thing Jen neglected to mention when it happened).

Kirk is telling a story about a lost key. Now he is telling the jury to look for that key and ask yourselves if you will kill this girl…he show’s a photo of Jodi Arias.

Tie man on the moon 2Nurmi says Martinez’ story about dead men on the moon is a distraction from the State. Martinez telling the jury about men left on the moon isn’t real. Now is real. Nurmi points to Jodi and says “Will you kill this woman?!!”

Kirk says the state claims the defense thinks Travis was a bad man. Nurmi says that never has happened. He reads the e-mail from Sky Hughes to Travis telling him he’s been affected by his up-bringing. He repeats that they don’t think Travis was a bad guy, but he wasn’t always good to Jodi.

“Martinez distracts again by telling you our experts relied on the laws of attraction”. Nurmi says Dr. Geffner relied on tests and the records. Geffner and Fonseca relied on state’s evidence also, the e-mails from Sky and text messages.

Nurmi says the state now tells you Geffner thinks Mormons lie…he never said that. Geffner stated they may have a difficult time discussing sex. “This is another distraction from the state”.

Nurmi is telling the jury Deanna Reid lied to them and she’s lying for Travis. Bishop Vernon Parker was another one who has lied for Travis. Nurmi wants the jury to listen to the sex tape.

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Nurmi starts going over Witness #1’s testimony, saying Travis confessed to him about being sexually abused. Nurmi is bringing up the 12 year old comment about the orgasm….he’s addressing the women of the jury and if their men would ever say….

Objection! …Sustained!

Nurmi says “distraction, distraction, distraction” He asks if Travis talking about this is appropriate and if their men would find that appropriate….

Objection!!….sustained, and the jury is asked to disregard the remark.

Kirk is saying Travis has an issue with porn and “it would be normal if not for his faith…well some of it”. He brings up a video of a teacher having sex with a student that was found on Travis’ computer.

‘Remember how I was cross-examining Dr. DeMarte, and I said Good Morning and she didn’t respond? That shows her bias. Nurmi continues with his theme that the state was “distracting from the facts of the case”.

Nurmi’s talking about Borderline Pesonality Disorder and how Jodi was suicidal at a young age and it’s not just one thing…it’s many things.

He advises the jury to read Jodi’s journals. The State says why would she not tell about negative things in her private journal, but Travis ripped out pages in it. The state is telling you there must be some rules to journal writing and all negative things are required to be in there.

‘What if she did write she was beaten and she caught Travis masturbating and he found that…he read it?! What then?” “Please read the e-mail from Chris Hughes to Travis, that e-mail shows concerns about Travis’ behavior toward women.”

Nurmi is addressing the ‘how do we know if Travis invited Jodi Arias into his house the day of the murder’ question. He says if Jodi wasn’t invited then nude photos of her vagina wouldn’t have been taken. Nude photos of Travis wouldn’t have been taken.

Tie Jenn 3Kirk is saying that the letter to Abe was sent to Travis because he had tension with Abe and Jodi sent it to Travis because he wanted a copy. Travis was pissed off about Abe. It’s the power and control. Travis Alexander was a “jealous man”.

Nurmi is saying the state is distracting them over the “photo-shoot” text the state claims didn’t come from Travis Alexander’s phone.

Photo-shoot text message:
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May 02, 2008:
“Remember this. That photo-shoot is gonna be one of the best experiances [sic] of your life and mine. I haven’t stopped thinking about it, the pics ill [sic] take, the progressiveness of it, from very clean to very very dirty and everything in between.

It will tell quite a story and be a lot of fun and not a day has gone by that I haven’t dreamt about driving my shaft long and hard into you. When I am all by [sic] lonesome I have no desire to think of anyone else in my scandilous [sic] fantasies because from my own experience nothing is even enjoyable compared to you.

Because of that I spend a lot more time getting myself off. What you do and let me do to you puts me on another planet. You are the ultimate slut in bed. No wonder I blow enormous loads every time. I want to send one down your throat and another on your face and want to taste you as you ride my face.

I want to throughly [sic] work my tongue along every hole of your body. You are going to get taken like you have never been taken before. When its done the intensity will make your body feel like youve been raped but you will have enjoyed every delightful moment of it.

the Ups and Downs of Jodi and Travis
the Ups and Downs of Jodi and Travis

 

You’ll rejoice in being a whore thats sole purpose in life is to be mine to have animalistic sex with and to please me in any way I desire.”
Nurmi says no evidence this isn’t a text from Travis and the Helio phones were different back then. He’s saying the language in this text fits it coming from Travis Alexander. Nurmi is comparing the text to the sex call and how the language is similar. He says the reality of this is the text came from Travis…. “a highly sexual man”.

Kirk says Dr. Fonseca didn’t totally rely on this…it was just one piece to a puzzle. It’s not a “distraction”. He says the father of the 9 year-old girl was concerned that Travis had his daughter’s name and this is another piece to the puzzle…how did he get that?

Nurmi is pointing to Jodi as he reads about mitigating factors…these aren’t excuses. “Jodi up until this point lived a life that doesn’t deserve to be taken away now”.

“The State says she killed Travis Alexander, now kill her.”
“Don’t be distracted about what the task is before you.”

”Jodi worked hard and lived a law abiding life. She supported herself and sometimes her boyfriends. “Jodi did all this while mentally ill.”

Nurmi says Ms. Arias not getting validated created a mental illness. Now on to the physical/emotional abuse on the list of mitigating factors …Kirk says the state doesn’t want you to believe the victims.

Jodi Arias is looking intently at the photos of Darryl, his son, and her on a trip to a state park. Nurmi says the relationship with Travis was different because of the emotional stress and the fact the relationship was tumultuous.

“How do we go from a sexual encounter to a murder on the same day…..?.”

Tie man 1Nurmi explains to the jury that Dr.Geffner wasn’t a hired gun. He’s an honest man who did testing to verify the PTSD. He says Dr, DeMarte works for the State part time and has even raised her rates to testify…she’s the biased one.

“Jodi didn’t have secondary gain during the interviews with Detective Flores.”

“Jodi just didn’t want to expose Travis just like Deanna Reid didn’t want to expose him.”

Kirk is going over previous trial testimony, going over how Jodi told the jury what she did was horrific and she couldn’t imagine doing that to another human being.

Nurmi – “Her history doesn’t show she was violent…only kicking at walls.”
February 14, 2007 letter:

Feb 14, 2007 16:58– Arias email to TA:

Travis,
“I’m sorry that the last few days have bee so frustrating for you. I wish I could have offered you more consolation over the phone. I guess I was just at a little bit of a loss for words. And perhaps, a little bit intimidated, not necessarily because of how angry you were, but because I wasn’t sure how you would react to me trying to comfort you.

I compare it to my own experiences, and I know that sometimes, I don’t want to hear it, I just want to yell and scream and vent (yes, I do on very rare occasions), and go through the motions until the situation plays itself out. Other times, I need comforting and to be told that everything is okay. I wasn’t sure exactly what you were needing, so I just listened, and as the conversation evolved, my heart filled with compassion for you.

Tie Jodi 8However, you already know the Secret. I don’t need to remind you. But you are so powerful, and you can turn this situation around at anytime. I found out, much to my regret, that my anger is very destructive. I’ve never beaten up anybody over it, but I’ve kicked holes in walls, kicked down doors, smashed windows, broken things. It hurts people and it hurts me. It lowers my vibration and attracts unwanted lower-vibrational situations and people into my life.

So I strive every day to “be the bigger person” and be a living example and Choose the right and see everything through a filter of love. But it doesn’t always work that way! I mess up. Sometimes I forget who I am. But I will never stop striving to be Christ-like as much as I possibly can.

This morning, I woke up feeling awful. I called Darryl (only because I had to give him the phone number to our mortgage lender) and he said, “hey, I was just going to call you. Any change in your situation?” And that’s all he had to say. I lost it.

Tie Jodi funThere’s the foreclosure of the house, which is quickly spreading like cancer throughout other areas of my finances, and probably his, too. And I don’t want to focus on that, therefore, I haven’t wanted to talk to Darryl lately. Maybe you don’t need to know any of this, but I guess I’m telling you so you know it hasn’t been a great day for me either.

But there is one cool part to that story. After we hung up, I continued to cry for a few minutes. I was still in bed, still in my pajamas, feeling miserable and hopeless. And then suddenly a thought of you popped into my mind. It took me a second (really, only 1 second), and I ceased to cry, and I began to feel wonderful! I think I probably smiled! I remembered talking to you last night. I remembered your stirring voice. I remembered how freakin’ lucky I am that you are in my life!

I think that those thoughts are literally what motivated me to get out of bed this morning and face the day. And although it hasn’t been the best day that I’ve had this week, it can only mean that it gets better from here! I’ve still got 4 more days left this week, and so do you!

If I had a magic wand and could change anything about today right now, I would use it to make your day brighter and 300% better. But just know that your problems and trials are making you better and stronger by the minute. It may be hard to imagine that (only because you are already so incredible!), but I can see it and I can envision it. Just keep breathing and keep stepping.

We are human, we all falter, But everything is still prefect. Heavenly Father doesn’t make mistakes. This world is our classroom, and we are the students. The people and situations we bring into our experiences are like our teachers. Today’s lesson has been difficult and was not fun! But the general idea is that once we learn the lessons inherent in the situation, we don’t have to repeat them anymore! When you can find it in yourself to give thanks for the lessons, do it.

OK, I’m going to go now before you start calling me Esther Hicks. I might otherwise take it as a compliment, but coming from you, I know it wouldn’t be. (smiley face)

And I hope this makes you feel better: Just remember that no matter how ugly it gets, I’m only a phone call away. I am ALWAYS here for you. YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME!!! AND YOU ALWAYS WILL!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Baby

Jodi”

Tie JSS 1Nurmi explains that the Helio phone would have been turned over right away if Jodi Arias had it. “She thought it was stolen and it’s in her journal.”

Kirk goes over the jury instruction and he’s hammering away at the individual decision of each juror on choosing life or death.”This is a moral assessment”
Kirk puts up a photo of Jodi with a black dog.

Tie Jodi dog“Will you kill Jodi?”

Nurmi puts up a photo of Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias in the woods and says “This is tragic that two people may die….”

Juan objects and we have a sidebar

The state wants you to throw away all the expert testimony and you do have that right.

Nurmi puts up an excerpt from Travis’s blog about his grandfather and reads it to jury

Here is the excerpt:

During this time I could think of two fond memories of my childhood. The first was Sesame Street. My Sisters and I watched it everyday and it took our minds to Sesame Street where kids were happy and learning. It took our minds away from Allwood Drive, where we got the Hell beat out of us.

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The other was visiting the home of my Great-Grandfather Vic. My Mother didn’t have very much family and even less that she got along with, but she adored my Grandfather. He only lived about an hour away from our family in southern California, but it was rare that she was in any condition that she’d let Vic see her in. About twice a year my Mother would fix herself and us up enough for a visit with my Grandfather. For the most part our visits would be stereotypical. He’d take us out for pizza, to walk his dogs, play checkers and with other toys he kept for us, and taught me how to write the alphabet.

However there was one thing that was out of the ordinary about our visits. Every time before my Mother, siblings and I would leave I would go to hug my Grandfather goodbye. Without exception before I received my coveted hug the cheery casual countenance of my Grandfather would change to something very serious. He would then grab me by my shoulders and shake me, then would follow those words, those words that alter every aspect of my life, “Travis, you need to know that you are special, that there is not anything that you can’t do. There is something great inside you. You’re special Travis, don’t you ever forget it.” That was quickly followed by a rigid hug that would squeeze the breath out of me.

Now there is an easy explanation for why my life has been in my opinion, amazing. It is the same reason I have had success financially and otherwise. It is the same reason I feel that every facet of my life has been blessed and continues to be more and more everyday. The reason is that the words my Grandfather said were spoken with such conviction that I believed him. You see what I wasn’t aware of then, that I have since figured out was my Grandfather was savvy to the way Mother was raising her children.

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She would often make remarks while coming down from drugs about how miserable we all were, that we ruined her life, that we were worthless. Although those words hurt very deeply as you could imagine; every time she would scream those words I would hear his words instead, every time I would feel her fist sink into my back, I could feel my Grandfather’s hands on my shoulders, and I knew she couldn’t reach what was great inside of me. And again I’d hear the words “You’re special Travis, don’t ever forget it.”

Then in my mind I would think, “This woman has no idea what she is talking about, she doesn’t know that I am special.” No matter how loud she’d yell those colorful words, she could never top the conviction of my Great-Grandfather Vic. Since then I have come to realize two things. First my Great-Grandfather was right, I am special.

I took his advice; I never forgot it and I never will. Second I have learned I am no better than anyone else. So as you read this book I hope that you will let these pages grab you by the shoulders and shake you and tell you that you are special. That there is something great inside you. I pray that you will allow the words you read stare deep into your eyes and instill into you that there isn’t anything that you can not do. My desire is that this book will do for you what Grandpa Vic did for me. Help me believe what is already true.

That you are special.

http://www.travisalexander.net

Tie Jenn 1Now for Jodi’s journals November 5, 2007

Jodi Arias – “Two nights ago I called to say goodnight and he made it clear to me he didn’t mean all those harsh words and he felt really badly.”

The Journal says she promised Travis she wouldn’t write things down in her journal that were negative.

Nurmi points to Jodi Arias and tells the jury that her life is in their hands. She feels remorse for the pain she has caused.

Nurmi tells the jury “You heard how Travis Alexander would fill a room up with love……..you have an opportunity to render a life verdict. This is a verdict of love & compassion.”

Tie Travis 1Lots of friends and family are now crying for Travis Alexander.

That was it as the case went to the jury to make their momentous decision. Here are some items of evidence and Jodi and Travis’ last words that we know about before Travis’ tragic demise.

 

Letter sent to Lisa Andrews by unknown in August 2007:

“You are a shameful whore. Your Heavenly Father must be deeply ashamed of the whoredoms you’ve committed with that insidious man. If you let him stay in your bed one more time or even sleep under the same roof as him, you will be giving the appearance of evil. You are driving away the Holy Ghost, and you are wasting your time.

You are also compromising your salvation and breaking your baptismal covenants. Of all the commandments to break, committing acts of whoredom is one of the most displeasing in the eyes of the Lord. You cannot be ashamed enough of yourself. You are filthy, and you need to repent and become clean in the eyes of God.

Think about your future husband, and how you disrespect not only yourself, but him, as well as the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Is that what you want for yourself? Your future, your salvation, and your posterity is resting on your choices and actions.

Tie Jodi MDLR 1You are a daughter of God, and you have been a shameful example. Be thou clean, sin no more. Heavenly Father loves you and wants you to make the right choices. I know you are strong enough to choose the right. Your Father in Heaven is pulling for you. Don’t ignore the prompting you receive, because they are vital to your spiritual well-being.”

April 2008 – After Arias moved from Mesa, Arizona back to Yreka, California. Jodi sent a text to Travis which she claimed was meant for Steve Carol. Travis wants Jodi to admit that this person doesn’t exist.

May 2, 2008 – The “photo-shoot”” text is sent.

May 8, 2008 – The phone sex tape.

May 26, 2008 – Text from Travis to Jodi:

“Do not call me. And do not text me anything. The next text I want is this Michelle K. that is friends with Elena, that nobody knows, but knows details about my life. Not one other thing ever. Until you have that information. It would only take 15 minutes to get that info, but you won’t because it’s a f*cking lie.

So either text that you are ready to tell the truth or give me your imaginary friend with the worst BS story you have ever told or leave me alone. It’s a lie like no other.

It’s freaking foolish. There is no way out of it. You have screwed up your story so bad, you can’t mend it. You are caught, when will you realize that?

I do not know. You have until tomorrow, to give me this person’s information before I tell all the Hughes, Leslie Udy, the Freemans, your parents, and anyone else that matters about all the crazy you have done. So either fess up or feel the wrath. No matter how bad the truth is, I promise you the punishment will be better than the lie.

This is worse than your magical e-mail that a mysterious man you’ve never seen before wrote to you. You insult me by thinking I’ll believe such crap, nothing else from you til the truth. I already know your lying so why continue? After tomorrow, it’s gonna get real bad for you. Time to spit it out.”

From Arias’ testimony:

“I said the only thing that I’m going to be spitting out is the fact that you’re a pedophile with a past. – something like that. And I was saying… I don’t know. At the time I categorized what I saw as child pornography. I realize it wasn’t child pornography. It was just a picture of a young boy.”

May 26 texts. Major fight:

“You couldn’t get off your lazy butt to read it could you? That’s the sociopath I know so well, it freakin figures.”

“I don’t want your apology I want you to understand what I think of you. I want you to understand how evil I think you are. You are the worst thing that ever happened to me.”

“You are a sociopath. You only cry for yourself. You have never cared about me and you have betrayed me worse than any example I could conjure. You are sick and you have scammed me.”

What a freaking whore.
Are you going on to the next dick?
Your words are worthless.
I hate you.
You’ve caused me more pain than the death of my father.

You’re a rotten lunatic.
I have never dealt with a more solid form of evil.
You’re nothing but a liar.
You live a life identical to Satan.

You’re a three-holed wonder.
You ought to get tips for giving BJ’s.
You never loved me.
You’ve got a slut’s job.

You are sh*t.

Who freaking cares about you? You’re worthless. You’re a bitch.
You’re lies make your life worthless.
You’re taking up people’s air.
You don’t care. You don’t know what horror you’ve caused me.

You’re a laughing stock.
You don’t care about anything but Jodi.
You’ve caused so much pain in my life.
I’m nothing more to you than a dildo with a heartbeat..
You’re demented.

For more, please see:
https://jodi-arias.wikispaces.com/Abuse

There’s a question here that many people believe they have the answer to, but some people are still wrestling with. Was this just Travis finally having enough of Jodi Arias and wanting her out of his life forever? Or did he sometimes treat her this way the whole time, and worse, behind closed doors?

Tie Jenn 1This is the central core of this whole case, because Jodi Arias has been very consistent about her claims of abuse. Most people have discounted any possibility that Arias was physically abused. They see this as Travis finally venting his anger at all the tricks and lies Jodi Arias subjected him to.

Most people see these texts as the logical conclusion of Arias’ manipulations and frustrated attempts to get back with and to control Travis Alexander. They see it as a motive for pre-meditated murder. Two days later, there was the burglary of Jodi’s grandfather’s home, and the theft of the .25 caliber gun. Jodi was on the phone asking Darryl Brewer about borrowing gas cans and she was putting together a trip to Utah.

Tie Power wheel 1But a few people look at this, they look at the late night phone sex calls, the texting and sexting with multiple women, the e-mails from the Hughes’, the sudden and sometimes explosive temper of Travis Alexander, and some of his inappropriate and bizarre behavior, and they ask “What if…..?”

 

 

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“Let’s play Twister, let’s play Risk, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I’ll see you in heaven if you make the list, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah” – R.E.M.

 

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The Final Countdown (penalty retrial)

Fact-based reporting by

Amanda Chen & Rob Roman

 

These are the dramatic closing arguments from the second penalty phase re-trial. We cobbled this together from various tweeters concentrating on Jen from the Trial Diaries. There are a few opinions and observations we give at the end. Kirk Nurmi’s 2nd final argument will be a separate article.

 

Okay, we’re gonna jump ahead to Monday and Tuesday’s action in the courtroom, the closing arguments. We’ll have to get back to the surrebuttal later.

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It started out on Monday morning. Angela and Sandy Arias, Jodi’s sister and mom, were in their usual seats. The lawyers and the Judge just got up and disappeared into the Judge’s chambers. The Alexander family is getting seated on the other side. There are no witnesses waiting and the lawyers all have jury instructions in their hands. Jen Wood knows there’s something unusual going on.

The lawyers eventually come back into the court room. There’s more unusual action going on. Michael Kiefer reports that he just saw a juror in the hallway leaving in tears. There are rumors that closings will be on Tuesday. fc sherryThe lawyers are up with the Judge. Mike the court reporter yells that he can only type one person talking at a time. Juror #5, a female, is gone. They find out juror #12, an older male, is also gone. The woman had a family emergency, and the man was removed from the jury for having some kind of  prejudice in the case. Jen reports that he’s a headphone wearing loner. That leaves 12 jurors and 2 alternates, nine women and five men. BAM.

There’s a sidebar and they are going over jury instructions. That’s it, no more witnesses. This is the final countdown. By accident the sidebar banter can be overheard by people in the media room and the overflow room. Mics were not turned off? They find out that Jodi wants to allocute, but she wants the press and public removed. There’s lots of arguing going on up there. Court administration and security are called up to the bench. Nurmi is demanding a sidebar. There’s general chaos in the courtroom. The reporters can feel it’s something weighty and serious. The most experienced reporters have never seen anything quite like this. What’s going on?

The jury files in. Nurmi got his sidebar, and Jennifer Willmott is setting up some evidence. She will read to the jury a letter from Jodi’s aunt, Sue Allen- Halterman. Sue explained in the letter that she found Jodi’s cell phone in a car and she turned it in to Jodi’s lawyer. There’s another note from the mother of victim #1. She writes that she knew Bishop Vernon Parker and Travis and she was there when Travis was living there. She even sat directly across from the dinner table when Travis was there. She claimed that Deanna Reid was there with Travis.

The reason for these letters? This establishes that Jodi’s phone was actually lost, as she said it had been, and there was no attempt to hide the phone or resistance to turning it in as Juan Martinez alleged. The letter from the mother of witness #1 shows that her son, witness #1, did in fact know who Travis was and could identify him, that Travis and Deanna were there at the time witness #1 was there, that the computer did crash as witness #1 stated, but Bishop Parker denied. The note even said that many of Witness #1’s engagement pictures were lost inside the damaged computer. This upset the mother and they ended up having to delay the wedding for three weeks, which is why they remembered the event so well.

The defense rests.

There’s a problem with Jodi. The Judge tells Jodi “The defense said you don’t want to allocute”. Jodi says “That’s not correct”. Here we go. Jodi says she will only allocute in a sealed proceeding. The Judge explains to Jodi that this is her chance to appeal directly to the jurors, to show remorse, and to explain what happened. fc jodi deputiesJudge Stephens explains to Jodi that she is barred from allocating in a sealed courtroom.

The judge does offer to clear the courtroom and send everyone to the overflow room and the media room, but she will not seal the courtroom. Jodi is arguing that the Court of Appeals ruling covers testimony but not allocution. The judge says no. Jodi says she won’t allocute, then. The Judge explains she won’t be cross-examined but Jodi says that doesn’t change her mind. She asks Jodi if she’s on any medications? This is to check her competency to make that decision. Apparently, this same conversation happened in chambers and they just needed to put it on the record. What could her reason be?

The jury is told to return on Tuesday for jury instructions and closing arguments. Tick tick tick.

Some of the Alexanders are crying as they leave.

The next morning, Jen spots Deanna Reid up front on the left side of the gallery, with the family. tanisha-sorenson-Travis-Alexander-sister-picJen sees Jennifer Willmott ambling in with her Starbuck’s coffee. Jodi Arias is wearing a gray sweater. The latest ruling on prosecutorial misconduct is given out to the media peeps.

http://www.courtminutes.maricopa.gov/docs/Criminal/022015/m6709486.pdf

Judge Sherry Stephens has approved the media’s request to broadcast the Jodi Arias verdict live. It’s standing room only, the overflow room is packed and a lottery is going on for seats in the gallery. The Judge reads the instructions to the jury. The judge explains what 1st degree premeditated murder is by definition, and what the aggravating circumstance of cruelty means, in terms of pain and suffering.

Jen’s Trial Diaries @TrialDiariesJ
This is an individual choice for a juror when it comes to life or death #jodiarias

Jen is right. That’s what it boils down to.

Kirk Nurmi says good morning to the jury and puts a picture of Jodi with Travis Alexander in the woods from their trip to NY (Niagra falls). fc Travis jodi 1He tells them this is a trial of infinite sadness. “Travis was killed by the woman he loved, now will you kill her?
He goes over the allocutions from the Alexanders. Nurmi tells the jury they don’t have to find for the death penalty just because of the earlier verdicts from the original trial and jury. It’s a momentous decision and an individual moral judgment. Kirk Nurmi is saying Jodi played a “big sister role” to Darryl’s son as he was divorcing his wife…this could be enough for a life sentence, Kirk says.

Jen’s Trial Diaries @TrialDiariesJ                                                                                       “you write the ending to this….don’t make it where both these people in the picture die” #jodiarias

Nurmi puts up the list of mitigating circumstances.

He reiterates that Jodi has no prior record. He says she did smoke marijuana and her mother also smoked it when she was pregnant with Jodi.

These factors about Jodi’s parents, the pot and cocaine, will really make no difference at all at any time in the future. Kudos to her parents, Bill and Sandy, though, for apparently being willing to take a few bullets for the life of their child, I say.

Next is Jodi’s age at the time of the offense, which was 27. Nurmi said she was immature for her age and easily manipulated, and taken advantage of. The cards were stacked against her from birth. fc jodi licenseJodi was born with a genetic vulnerability to a Personality Disorder. There was nothing she could do. “A light was flipped. A light was switched in Jodi’s brain, and she suffered from abuse”. Jodi wasn’t validated as a child and she was sexually abused at 2 years-old and attacked with a knife at the age of 12.

Now, he puts up a photo of Jodi and her brother as little children. Kirk talks about her mental illness and personality disorder. He puts up a photo of Jodi and her early boyfriend,

Jodi, Jack, and Darryl enjoy a birthday party together
Jodi, Jack, and Darryl enjoy a birthday party together

Bobby Juarez. Nurmi tells the jury that Jodi’s life is in their hands. He says she went from an abusive childhood into an abusive relationship with Bobby Juarez. From there she moved on to Matt McCartney, who cheated on her. She went to see the other woman, Bianca, to find out what was going on with the relationship. Matt and Jodi parted but remained friends.

Then Nurmi shows a picture of her with Darryl Brewer and his son at a birthday party. There was no abuse in this relationship, but her Borderline Personality still manifested itself. Jodi molded herself to be what she thought Darryl wanted her to be.

He points at Jodi Arias and says she is not just the person you see sitting over at the defense table. Now, she meets Travis Alexander. Travis has no idea he had just introduced himself to a mentally ill woman.

Nurmi talks about how people from abusive homes usually seek out abusive relationships, because that strangely feels normal and comfortable to them. fc jodi childTravis was also coming from an abusive childhood and had his own issues and demons. Each thought the other was the normal one, at first. Jodi was at a crossroads with Darryl. He was not looking for marriage and she wanted to marry and have children. Travis was wrestling with his religious beliefs while pushing them on Jodi.

Travis was rising fast in the PPL business. He had a sexual relationship for about a year with Deanna Reid, that he was not supposed to have, according to the LDS tenets. He was struggling with pornography and perhaps inappropriate thoughts about young children. He had confessed things to witness #1.

Kirk said Bishop Parker blamed someone else for the damaged computer and the sex pop-ups (Jake the snake), but it was Travis who lived there at the time. Kirk tells the jury that Travis confessed his troubles to witness #1. Nurmi reminds the jury that Chris and Sky Hughes told Travis that he “Gutted women”, and had treated some young women badly.

This is the beginning of a tragic bond, according to Nurmi. Dr. Fonseca talked about Travis inviting Jodi to motel rooms, on trips, and to his friend’s home away from Mesa. Travis threw money at Arias.

Jodi was mentally ill. She saw that others thought the world of Travis. She couldn’t say anything to others about the way she was being treated. She couldn’t trust her own emotions. fc baptismNurmi puts up the baptism pic and talks about how Travis convinced Jodi to join the LDS church. Jodi molded herself to be what Travis wanted. Travis had a sexual life and Jodi molded herself to be his dirty little secret.

He shows a picture of Travis and Jodi at Havasupai Falls. At this time, Travis was seeing Lisa Andrews. He was having late night rendez-vous with Jodi behind Lisa’s back. Travis didn’t have to press Lisa Andrews for sex, because he had Jodi for that.

He had this whole secret life. Kirk Nurmi starts talking about the verbal abuse. He called her “a skank”, a “sociopath”, “soulless”, a “whore”, “sh*t”, and “a three-holed wonder”. Kirk tells the jury to look at all the texts and it’s easy to see the abuse. One day he’s saying he loves her and the next he’s telling her ‘don’t ever talk to me again!’

He says, when it comes to abuse, Dr. Janeen DeMArte is out of her league. DeMarte is taking an archaic approach that if you can’t see the abuse, it doesn’t exist. Everyone liked Travis, so if Jodi came forward, who would believe her? Nurmi reminds the jury of the football player who secretly knocked out his fiancée in a closed elevator. The first video came out and no one thought it was any big thing. Then the video from inside the elevator came out and everyone saw what a ferocious slug it really was.

DeMArte, with one year’s experience at the time of giving the test, wants to say she knows more than Geffner and Fonseca, each with 30 years of experience. It’s like having a strange disease and seeing a brand new Doctor, as opposed to a seasoned Specialist.

All her past relationships ended peacefully but this one didn’t because this one was different and Travis treated her differently. Travis kept his dark lifestyle a secret and when caught, he told others Jodi was stalking him and harassing him. He would tell them that Jodi was coming over unannounced and uninvited. He marginalized Jodi Arias and derided and demonized her to his friends. fc havasupaiHe did this just in case she decided to tell the truth about what was really going on. Nurmi shows the texting and sexting graph that Dr. Geffner made.

He was involved with a number of women while denying and defaming Jodi to them. He wasn’t fearful of Arias, because when was telling Regan Housely how scared he was, it was right after having a sexual encounter with Jodi. You may ask what does the computer and the porn have to do with the killing? But these were the circumstances surrounding the killing. Travis was looking at porn and acting it out on Jodi while wooing other, more eligible women. By becoming what Travis wanted, Jodi found herself in a position that Travis could never truly love her and would never marry her. He even told this to a friend.

Travis Alexander had problems with his computer again. He accumulated some viruses and malware on his lapop, so he downloaded Spybot and other “scrubbers”. fc mdlrHe needed to use scrubbers to clean up his activities. Nurmi suggested his computer troubles started way before June 1, 2008 (when the Youporn videos were downloaded and viewed).

Listen to the sex call and what Travis said. He wanted to do a porn shoot with Jodi and he was talking about cream pies. This shows he was watching porn and possibly addicted to porn. Travis had Jodi wear braids while engaging in sex, and the Youporn video shows a teen in braids having sex. The mental illness, the disownment of Jodi by Travis, the abuse, the sex addiction, and Jodi’s childhood issues all come into play before the murder.

Travis had childhood issues of his own and he had trouble committing in relationships. Three doctors, each with around 30 years experience, had diagnosed Jodi with PTSD. Dr. DeMarte, with her one year’s experience, did not find PTSD. Nurmi says the jury should trust Dr. Geffner over Dr. DeMArte. Jodi’s journals show how she was suffering from PTSD. No man ever treated Jodi like Travis did. Jodi never experienced this kind of turmoil in a relationship before.

We have a pattern of Jodi’s entire life, her crime-free life. Look at the text messages this mentally ill girl was being sent. fc willmott nurmiNurmi now uses Jodi’s prior testimony to show her remorse, since she stopped testifying and refused to allocute. It took a long time to admit to herself what she did. “I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that I did that.”

At this point, members of the Alexander family got up and left, en masse.

Do you kill this girl who lived under these horrific events? He tells the jury they will be killing this girl if they mark death on their jury forms. He puts up a photo of Jodi Arias as a child. “You are choosing to kill Jodi, I urge you not to do it”.

The Alexanders came back in the courtroom. Juan is getting ready. He reads a letter about the men who landed on the moon and will be mourned by the nation. The letter says “These men will remain in our hearts and when we look at the moon we will think of them”. fc juan 3Juan says the letter is really heart wrenching AND it’s not true. In the same way, the letter that Jodi wrote to the Alexanders just wasn’t true. “It’s just like the story that Jodi told you about Travis masturbating to photos of young boys – it just wasn’t true”.

The letter was a letter written by the President just in case the men didn’t return from the moon. Jodi had everything to gain by being less than truthful. Juan displays the photo of Travis with his throat slit wide open. There are 3 photos taken at different angles.

The story they gave you is he looked at porn and he deserved this. This isn’t a story about love, it’s not about porn. This is about a case of 1st degree, premeditated, murder. You must accept this – she did this. She held and used the knife that did this. The aggravator of cruelty was proven. She knew that this was going to be cruel.

Nurmi calls for a sidebar.

Especially cruel had been proven and you are all duty bound to accept it. The little girl you saw in the picture should have known that Travis was going to suffer. travis spidermanArias told you the story about wanting to commit suicide and nicking herself with a razor. She couldn’t go through with it because it hurt too much. “Wow, that really hurt, I don’t want to do this anymore.” Well she cut up Travis 27 times and he experienced a ton of pain.

Juan says experts can be wrong and you don’t have to believe a hired gun. “This person over there that is so remorseful, made up a story about TA masturbating to a child’s picture – how shocking of a story that is”. Juan tells the jury about how Jodi claimed Travis beat her and broke her finger and the next day, she’s writing in her journal that there’s nothing noteworthy to report!

The defense wants to tell you that all the alleged DV is silent and Arias didn’t even mention it in her private journals – her private thoughts. They want you to believe that she didn’t have any secondary gain from all this and they want you to look behind her words. Jodi Arias loved Travis Alexander so much she took a knife and jammed it all the way into his heart.

Nurmi objects and approaches the bench.

Juan tells the jury how, soon after Jodi was just baptized into the LDS Church, she’s telling Abe Abdelhadi that she’s “dabbling in Mormonism”. Right after Arias claims she was abused by Travis, she’s writing in her journal that he gave her three soft kisses. Kissing is the physical abuse here, according to her journal.

Nurmi talks about Geffner and how he took jabs at Dr. DeMArte. “He called her ‘asinine’ and it must be some sort of psychological term that only an experienced expert knows how to use”. greg-alexander-travisGeffner appears to have done none of his own work.

Apparently, he didn’t even read the transcripts of what Jodi had said regarding the choking incident she alleged happened.

Jodi says she thought of clawing Travis’ face while being choked. Dr. DeMArte said you wouldn’t be calm and thinking of not hurting someone while being choked. Look at the person involved here. She’s the person who’s saying these things and she’s the only one who’s saying these things. The only source is her word. The defense talks about the letter Jodi wrote on Valentine’s Day….

Nurmi objects and there’s a sidebar.

Juan says nothing is corroborated when it comes to Jodi Arias and her allegations. fc juan 1This is the one who lied about sending the letter to Abe, and she wants you to believe horrible things about Travis. What she was really doing with that fake letter was trying to light a fire under Travis after her manipulations with Sky and Chris Hughes didn’t work.

“Consider this when you go back there, Is this true love?” What Dan Freeman testified to (about the fight before the Havasupai trip, etc.) sure was different than what Jodi wrote in her journal.

Jodi Arias found out about Travis’ relationship with Lisa Andrews. Arias wasn’t in a committed relationship with Travis Alexander at that time. So Travis wasn’t cheating on Jodi. Jodi was cheating on Travis and Lisa Andrews. Why are they darkening Travis’character without looking into the mirror themselves?

No, they turn a blind eye to it all. Look at how Jodi lied on the PDS test about the trauma. She was diagnosed as having PTSD on an event that didn’t even happen. If you look at those tests yourselves without them slanting it for you, you will see it. Consider all the lies that Jodi has told.

Juan puts an alleged text message from Travis to Jodi up on the screen. Juan says Lonnie Dworkin stated this was not a text that was found in Travis’ phone. Martinez holds up a large bundle of papers. fc esteban flores 2This was never found in all these texts. He defies anybody to find any proof that TA sent that text. Martinez shows the coded message Jodi Arias wrote in the magazines and tried to have smuggled out of the Estrella jail. Juan puts up a photo of Jodi as a child and says “This is the person who writes these things – lies.”

“The experts just want you to listen to what they say with their 30 years of experience, but they don’t want you to look at any of the things she’s done.” “They want you to become experts in the laws of attraction.”

Fonseca wants to take a spam business e-mail, mistakenly sent to a 9 year-old girl, and tell you it’s the grooming action of a pedophile. There was nothing sexual about this – like they tried to get you to believe. They are painting Travis as a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and they are assassinating his character. They are trying to distract you from what Arias did to Travis.

You need to look at the defendant’s record, her character, her history.

Juan brings up something from the Court of Appeals and how Geffner was described as a “hired gun”. Travis the  1 ltWhen Geffner is challenged, he calls people names. He stoops to personal attacks when he can’t answer for his opinions. Dr. DeMArte said there was no domestic violence in this case.

Geffner is welcome to dispute it, but he resorts to name-calling and that shows his weakness. “Geffner didn’t want to interview Sky or Lisa because Mormons lie….but Witness #1 is a Mormon and he interviewed him.” Geffner tells you the answers don’t matter on the DAPS tests.

If the answers hurt, don’t consider them. If they help, use them. Martinez is going over Jodi’s mitigating factors. After she murdered Travis Alexander she sent him a text message, wrote him an e-mail, and she left him a voice message.
There was no abuse. It never happened. The relationship wasn’t abusive. You heard the sex tape, she gave and she took. There was no abusive nature to their relationship. If there is no Domestic Violence, then there isn’t any PTSD.

These DV events never occurred.

Her age is no mitigating factor. She was well over the age of responsibility and accountability. She was tested as having high intelligence. Travis Alexander carThat means she understands. Jodi doesn’t have a criminal record. Okay, but isn’t that the minimum that society expects of us. Does she get a gold star?

Jodi is a manipulative person – to Travis, to the Hughes’, to the experts testing her. Having Borderline Personality Disorder doesn’t give her an excuse.

Nurmi objects strongly and says this misstates the law.

A sidebar is called.
BPD doesn’t indicate she doesn’t know right from wrong and it’s not an excuse. BPD talks about a personality trait, it doesn’t give a person an excuse to murder someone. It’s just a descriptive term for how she acts.

Nurmi objects again to Martinez’ words as misrepresenting the law.

Another sidebar.

Jodi is talking to her mitigation specialist, Maria De La Rosa, during the sidebar.

Martinez tells the jury that PTSD isn’t a mitigating factor in this case. It doesn’t have anything to do with her murdering Travis Alexander.

Jodi Arias drove all the way from Yreka, California to Mesa, Arizona to see Travis, after all these allegations she made against him.

She made a sex tape, they engaged in sex acts and they both enjoyed it.

As for Jodi’s childhood, the records show she was a spoiled child, you can decide if she was an abused child.

Jodi was caught cutting class and she got in a huff and moved out and she moved in with this guy, Bobby Juarez. Jodi isn’t remorseful. She’s remorseful about none of it.fc sherry 2

Uh Oh. It’s deja vous all over again, as a phone goes off in the courtroom.

Jen’s Trial Diaries @TrialDiariesJ                                                                               People were “about to get a pat-down, when all of a sudden, the bailiff realized that it was his”. – Jen Wood

Juan puts up a picture of Jodi Arias as a child and next to it, he puts up a picture of Travis Alexander on the autopsy table.

Travis’ Alexander’s family spoke to you and they told you that they longed to hear his voice, but instead all they could see were horrific visions of his ravaged body and his severed throat.

Juan tells the jury “If you agree there is no mitigation, you shall return a verdict of death.”

Juan puts up all the photos of Jodi Arias that Kirk did, then he puts up lots of crime scene and autopsy photos.

One Alexander sister runs out crying.

More of the family are crying.

“I’m asking you apply these jury instructions and do your duty.”
You can see that many Jodi supporters will agree with Kirk Nurmi and the defense. travis-dog-lightHis arguments make sense and are compelling. Juan Martinez’ arguments sound equally compelling, and prosecution supporters will agree.

Which side is telling the truth, or does the truth lie somewhere between these two extremes?

One thing is that Nurmi was able to put a coherent story together for this jury, tying together everything presented. He stressed that this was a monumental decision and it was their moral choice to make.

Juan is equally correct to point out that if you see that the aggravator of especially cruel outweighs any and all mitigators (assuming you find any in the first place), then you have a duty and legal obligation to vote for death.

Juan was clever in making the argument that if you don’t believe the defense or Jodi Arias, you should come back with a death sentence. If you believe the defense demonized Travis and dragged him through the mud, you should return a death sentence.

Kirk implored the jurors to not make that monumental choice.

UPDATE: Eight women and four men now make up the jury. They are a younger group, with the average age being around thirty something. Jurors #2 and #13, a man and a woman, are the alternates.

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The Damsel, the Vicar, and Dr. D (retrial update)

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After finishing with Dr, Geffner as the final mitigation witness, the penalty re-trial transitioned to the rebuttal portion. Here the prosecution tries to refute certain facs or ideas that were presented by the defense in mitigation. The prosecution called Abe Abdelhadi, a former co-worker and date of Jodi Arias.

Next they called Deanna Reid, a long term girlfriend of Travis Alexander. After that came Bishop Vernon Parker of Riverside, California. The Bishop was the higher up in the LDS church for Deanna, Travis, Witness #1, and others. Finally, the defense called on Dr. Janeen DeMarte to refute certain ideas and views of both Dr. Geffner and Dr. Fonseca.

This update comes from cobbling together various court room tweets, mostly Michael Kiefer and Jen Wood. Most everything here is what was tweeted about what was said and what happened in the courtroom. This is not my opinion. There area a few sentences that are my opinion, and I let you know when it’s me talking.

sea 1We’re going with a deep sea theme this time, as we feel this penalty phase retrial has drifted way out to sea. You never know what you will come across out in the deep: A beautiful sunset, a gentle, cool breeze, or a sighting of a magnificent whale. You may also meet up with a sudden storm, gigantic rolling waves, a capsized ship, and a pack of sharks or deadly octopi.

The defense team, having just been told at the last minute that Abe Abdelhadi would be taking the stand, asked for permission to interview him, and the Judge allowed it. Kirk Nurmi fought to have Abe precluded as a witness due to not having been given any notice by the prosecution that he would be testifying.

Nurmi tells the Judge that Mesa Police Detective Smith was also going to be put on the stand with no prior notice from the prosecution. Judge Sherry Stephens suggests that Kirk Nurmi should interview Smith after the days of trial testimony commences. Nurmi says he needs time to consult with his experts first.

sea 2The waves are climbing and a single flash of lightning threatens.

Funny that ambushing the defense is a tactic in a search for the truth. – Michael Kiefer

Prior to starting the trial with Abe Abdelhadi, Judge Stephens wants to know what the relevance is of Jodi Arias asking Abe to lie to Travis? Martinez replies that Arias’ credibility is always an issue. Martinez describes how Abdelhadi and Arias made out at a California mall garage and Arias made a joke about there being magic in her panties.

Abe takes the stand, with Prosecutor Juan Martinez on direct examination.

The main thing is after Christmas 2006, Abe and Jodi got together in Pasadena for dinner. Abe had drinks but Jodi didn’t drink, JA told Abe she “dabbled in Mormonism and later they made out in a parking garage. dr d abeAbe claims he got his hand in her panties, which was kept from the jury. Apparently, in a joke alluding to Mormon magic underwear, JA said there was magic in her underwear.

This is my commentary – Notice how if you look at the interviews of Abe, he didn’t get his hand in her panties. Jodi Arias made a joke not about panties, but about mgic Mormon underwear. The joke has no meaning if she used the word “panties”.

The whole point of this is it puts Arias as the sexual aggressor and the one who’s chasing men, that any man would do, that she would change her LDS interest for a different guy, that she was not following the laws of chastity or the tenets of the church, that she denied her faith, that she wasn’t faithful to one man. Now we see why the prosecution wanted to put Abe on the stand. They are using a brief event to tear down a lot of the way the defense sees and wants to portray Jodi Arias.

Jodi called a few days later and told Abe they shouldn’t be seeing each other any longer. Abe then gave advice to Jodi about Travis. Arias told Alexander about the date and he was upset. Arias told Travis she would send him a letter to tell Abe they couldn’t see each other anymore. She showed Travis the letter. Also Abe said the letter Arias supposedly sent to Abe was never received by him.

Judge Sherry Stephens gave Abe a long list of things that Abe cannot talk about.

Second chair Defense Attorney Jennifer Willmott, on cross examination goes into all Abe’s interviews on TV and in the mainstream media. Arias told Abe she was dating Travis on the DL (down-low), but it was going to become official soon.

Willmott states that many of calls from Arias to Abe were for business advice. Abe was part of the same team as Jodi Arias, which was Team Freedom? Gus Searcy and Abe Abdelhadi were on Jodi Arias’ “Up-line”. Travis was an Executive Director from Team Renu?, and Chris Hughes was his “Up=line”.

JM on redirect shows the e-mail to Abe from Jodi Arias had no address, implying that the letter was never sent. This further implies that the whole episode with Abe Abdelhadi was a manipulation by Jodi Arias to get Travis to commit to and/or stay with Travis.

So, was Travis being jealous and controlling, or was Jodi Arias using Abe to get Travis to commit? That’s the issue here.

It was very short questioning and Abe was quickly off the stand.

Former Travis Alexander girlfriend, Deanna Reid, takes the stand for the prosecution.

She relates that from June 2000 to November 2001, she was on an LDS mission in Costa Rica. They had dated for just a couple of months before Reid left on her mission. dr d damselDuring the mission, you are only allowed to stay in touch with people by writing letters. Mission workers can call their parents maybe once or twice.

Towards the end of her mission, in the summer of 2001, Travis wrote Deanna a letter saying he wanted to see other people. At that time, Travis was living at the Bishop’s home in Riverside California. Travis had set his eye on the illustrious Linda Ballard. When Deanna returned, Travis was no longer living at the Bishop’s house.

By that time, Linda had dumped Travis and moved away. Travis and Deanna eventually started talking again in November, 2001 and by February 2002, they were dating again.

Reid says she knows witness #1, but she never met him and his story involving her and Travis never happened.

sea 10Fins are circling the boat. Are they dolphin fins, or are they sharks?

Jennifer Willmott starts cross-examination. Willmott tells her “You have been misleading and the only person who has been misleading is you”. Deanna Reid denies being misleading, answers questions not asked. “Miss Reid, did I ask you a question?” She’s giving the prosecution’s side a taste of Juan Martinez’ medicine. Deanna Reid is admonished by the judge to answer only questions that are asked of her.

Willmott says she has the transcript and a recording where Deanna Reid is being misleading. Reid wants to hear the recording, rather than relying on the Defenses’ transcript and is trying to stall.

dr d  deanna 2Reid started having sex with Alexander in 2003. There’s some talk about “temple recommends”. This is the permission slip or hall pass that allows the faithful to go to the temple, which is separate from the meeting houses. Willmott brings up that Deanna, when asked by the original Arias defense attorney, Victoria Washington, if she knew of anyone else Travis was having sex with besides Jodi. Deanna had told her “No, no one”. Deanna told Victoria Washington that she had no knowledge of Travis having sex with anyone else. Deanna explains that “she wasn’t asking about me”. Deanna states that she did explain her sexual relationship with Travis, and she testified to that in the original trial.

There were arguments over marriage in 2005 when she realized that Travis was not going to ask her to marry him, but nothing physical.

I would have answered the same way, as it seemed that Victoria Washington was asking about the time frame that Travis was involved with Jodi Arias. We are getting into a what the meaning of IS is type argument, the way I see it.

But Deanna did testify that there was no real thoughts or talk about marriage until 2005. Is this true. Take a look at the clip:

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The sky clears and it’s smooth sailing.

Juan Martinez gets up on re-direct.

Deanna confessed having pre-marital sex with TA to her Bishop in Phoenix and she lost her temple recommend. Deanna claims that both she and Travis lost their temple recommends for about a year. She claims she was answering the exact questions asked and they were not about her. Deanna claimed in deposition with Victoria Washington that she never had an interview about a temple recommend. Deanna explained it was a confession, not an interview.

That to me is a bit misleading.

Juan made sure once again to have Deanna put in that little dig about Deanna getting custody of Travis’ dog Napoleon after his death. “Who has Travis’ dog now?” I have Travis’ dog now”. And Deanna is off the stand.

deanna reid hln 2One thing that wasn’t made clear: Travis was his own customer of Pre-Paid Legal services. As such, one of his benefits was a will-writing which I believe was done prior to his meeting Arias. So, Travis left Naps to Deanna in his will, and that’s how Napoleon came to be living with Deanna today.

The other thing is that I strongly suspect that Deanna forced Travis to go to his Bishop in Mesa and confess, as I doubt he would have done this on his own. This means that another violation in the future would bring a more serious punishment. Certainly what happened between Travis and Jodi Arias would have gotten him a temporary excommunication, which Travis definitely did not want to happen. His business and his personal social life would be badly affected.

dr d vicarNext up is Vernon Parker, the Mormon Bishop from Riverside, CA. He claimed that Travis moved out sometime in 2001, and a guy named Jake (the snake) moved in. Bishop Parker and his family claim they never saw Travis use the computer in the Bishop’s living room. Parker knew witness #1 in 1999. Witness #1 had an online relationship with a woman over the internet. That woman lived at Vernon Parker’s home.

Witness #1 visited the woman at Bishop Parker’s home and he used the computer. Travis was not living there at the time. Parker states again he never saw TA use the computer. Witness #1 told the Bishop there were pop-ups of scantily clad women on the computer. The Bishop took the computer to a shop to remove any unwanted malware and viruses. No child porn was found, according to Bishop Parker. The Bishop recalls blaming Jake the snake for being the porn-hound who messed up the computer

The Bishop also doesn’t believe the computer crashed as witness #1 said. He just thought it was acting funny. Witness #1 was good with computers. Witness #1 claimed he didn’t go to the Bishop about the child porn he claims he saw on the computer, because he was just about to get married and he didn’t want complications. dr d vernon parkerBishop Parker said that witness #1 could have come directly to him and there would be no punishment if witness #1 reported that he found child porn.

There are varying winds deep at sea. The sailboat is cruising gracefully. The sails require adjustment as the winds change this way and that.

Kirk Numi is cross-examining Bishop Vernon Parker the next week on a Monday. Your duty is to safeguard the integrity of the church. Discipline is mandatory when a parishioner is known to be a predator. The Bishop agrees. Why did you bring your own attorney?

Parker brought his own attorney with him. He said the LDS church recommended he do that and they supplied the attorney when they found out he would be called as a witness in the Jodi Arias case. Parker’s attorney is sitting with the prosecution team and he participates in the sidebars.

Vernon Parker knew Travis since 1999. He lived with the Bishop after returning from his mission in Colorado in June to Aug, 2000. Kirk Nurmi lists all the sex acts that are transgressions. The Bishop agrees. Kissing is OK, though. One gets the feeling that Kirk Nurmi very much enjoys embarrassing the Bishop and young Mormon ladies with graphic sexual talk.

“Can a sinner baptize people? Can they have anal intercourse and then baptize?” – Nurmi asks the Bishop. “Was it 6 to 9 months or just 2 months that Travis lived there? You told us both.” – Nurmi asks. In a deposition, the Bishop said everyone in the house used the computer. “Everyone that wanted to”, he replies.

If Jake (the snake) Thompson was married in 1999 and Bishop Parker was a witness, how could he be a single man living at the Bishop’s home in 2000?

Parker says Jake confided in him, Nurmi asks him if he is waving his priest- penitent privilege. Parker says it was not a confession. dr d vernon 2The Bishop agrees that Travis came to talk to him about marrying two women, first Deanna Reid, and then Linda Ballard. Linda Ballard is the one Travis dumped Deanna for in the summer of 2001.

This is significant because it shows that there was some thinking about marriage prior to Deanna’s mission, even after dating only a few months. Deanna testified there were no serious thoughts or conversation about marriage until 2005. Hmmmm.

Nurmi seems to be in his element – Which is more of a transgression, anal sex or oral sex or vaginal sex? They are all forbidden, for unmarried couples. The Bishop is close to Deanna and her family and he only found out during the original trial that she had a sexual transgression with Travis.

What about tying a woman to a tree to sodomize her, bragging about masturbation, and the 12 year-old and the orgasm? Travis could have been expelled for his behavior, the Bishop admits.

Nurmi is done, Martinez gets up for re-direct.

Secret witness #1’s bride moved in after Travis Alexander moved out. Juan points out that Jodi Arias is just as guilty as Travis in everything they did.

sea 16The waves are rising and the sky becomes ominously cloudy. The boat rises and falls suddenly.

Now, there’s an argument between the prosecution and the defense. The defense claims the Prosecution failed to disclose their expert Psychologist, Dr. DeMarte’s report in a timely manner. Juan claims it was just a few pages of notes. Martinez claims he was not aware that Dr. DeMarte had notes until just last Friday.

Willmott claims interviews were conducted in December and the State never advised the defense that the notes existed. “There is no reason not to disclose it other than the state not wanting to disclose it”, she said. The defense also wants to preclude Perry Smith as a witness for the exact same reason.

Judge Stephens says the defense can interview Dr. Janeen DeMarte before their cross-examination. The motion to preclude Mesa Police Detective Perry Smith’s testimony will be addressed at a later date. The State has also failed to disclose notes from Smith.

Always trying to be fair and square, while never addressing the root of the problems, is Judge “Timid Timmy” Sherry Stephen’s modus operandi.

dr d dr d 5Dr. DeMarte is now on the stand on direct

This is the darling of prosecution supporters, they literally swoon over their Dr. Dee.

She had been a Licensed Psychologist since 2010. Her experience comes mostly from pre-Ph.D internships. She met with Jodi Arias 4 times for a total of 17 hours. Dr. D. gave Jodi a brief reading test. An intellect test revealed high intelligence. DeMarte refers to her untimely disclosed notes, and there’s an objection by Nurmi – overruled.

During her PTSD screening, a PDS test question shows Arias said she was non-sexually attacked by a stranger. Dr. DeMArte states that Arias lied, thus invalidating the entire test. Now DD is claiming that Arias also has adjustment disorder due to being in jail. She has an inability to cope with life changes.

Dr. D. also discounts Geffner’s DAPS tests because Geffner suggested to Jodi what the trauma was for each test. Juan Martinez asks if Dr. D, talked to the defendant about an alleged choking incident?

Geffner has to make clear what the time frame for each test is, otherwise, the validity could be questioned.

Gail force winds come howling from the North. The waves are high and foamy. The sailboat lurches suddenly, creaking and cracking.

DeMArte relates that Arias said the choking incident was after a fight about sexual partners because Jodi was afraid of contacting an STD. Nurmi objects that the Dr. is fantasizing and that Dr. D. doesn’t have the expertise to make these statements. Dr. D. cautions Martinez not to show the actual test questions, the same thing Dr. Geffner warned about. Martinez shows that Jodi Arias stated on a test that she was never forced to have sex

But Arias claimed she was forced to have sex in a test done by Alyce LaViolette. Nurmi objects to “irrelevant and prejudicial evidence”. Judge Stephens sends the Jury out. DeMarte goes to talk with Juan. Nurmi wants DeMarte out.

The Judge reads case law supplied by Nurmi. She reads a paragraph that says irrelevant and prejudicial evidence should be precluded in the rebuttal of a mitigation phase. DeMarte comes back in the courtroom and Judge Stephens asks her to leave again. Martinez says that it is not unduly prejudicial given the amount of time that Dr. Fonseca and Dr. Geffner spent saying Jodi Arias was passive. Stephens overrules the objection. Nurmi says DeMarte is relying on name-calling. Martinez repeats a quote that Jodi was “snide and a total bitch at family reunions.”

Nurmi repeats the clause warning about relentless assault on the defendant’s character during mitigation rebuttal. Her grandparents also said that Jodi Arias corrected everyone else’s grammar. DeMarte reads the grandparents’ remarks that Arias was always mean to her mother. dr d ddNurmi asks for a sidebar as Martinez looks for more remarks made by Jodi’s grandparents. The snide and total bitch remarks from a relative are allowed in. DeMarte reads them to the jury. Dr. D. wants to talk about Jodi’s behavior at the Purple Plum restaurant, Nurmi wants to approach.

DeMArte charges that those examples of her behavior at the Purple Plum would be classified as aggressive and overbearing. Dr. D. starts talking about Jodi, on her way home from Travis Alexander’s memorial service, giving her phone number to a guy on the plane. Another remark says Arias once pretended to know nothing about Yreka and asked a guy to show her around.

DeMarte reads notes from an interview with a co-worker from the Purple Plum. Jodi Arias, as a waitress, went straight to the men and ignored the women. Martinez says Fonseca and Geffner said Arias lacked self-esteem. “Do the remarks refute that evaluation?” –  he asks DeMarte – “Yes”. Dr. D. says she’s surprised that having written so much in her journals, that Jodi Arias never mentions Domestic Violence – physical abuse.

sea 14The waters are churning, the boat is floundering.

Her remarks about wanting to have sex like a dirty little schoolgirl show Arias as the dominant person and also her assertiveness and high self-esteem. DeMarte reads a message from Arias offering a “bj” and asking for a “facial” in return. DeMarte explains that she was asserting her wants and needs. On top of that, Arias said she “was a goddess, smelled like a goddess, looked like a goddess. She was all over the men” DeMarte reads another remark from the Purple Plum friends about Arias being all over the young men.

DeMarte and Martinez are discussing inconsistencies in Arias’ statements to the Psychologists.

It’s apparent to me that this was all fed to her by Juan Martinez. Dr. DeMarte is acting as a conduit for the prosecution, even as Dr. Geffner acted as a conduit for the defense.

Now we are at the interactions between Jodi and Travis and Lisa Andrews. From DeMarte’s interview with Lisa Andrews, Andrews said Jodi Arias once snuck into Alexander’s house while she was there. Andrews told DeMarte that Alexander never abused her physically. Lisa Andrews also talked at the interview with Dr. D. about her discomfort at being touched in public and how Travis criticized her for wanting to become a teacher.

Deanna Reid also wanted to be a teacher, and she’s a teacher today.

This is how I know this is all coming from Juan Martinez – he’s including things he anticipates the defense will bring up in order to defuse these items. This isn’t coming from Dr. DeMarte. The other thing is that Jodi Arias did not “sneak in” to Travis’ house when Lisa was there with Travis. She walked in, as she usually did, she saw Lisa was there, and she turned around and walked out.

Now Dr. D. relates that Arias confided to Sky Hughes that she didn’t like how Alexander only called late at night. DeMarte interviewed Sky Hughes. Martinez asks what did she say? Nurmi objects. Sidebar. dr d dr d 3The question was about Jodi Arias getting upset about a supposed joke by Alexander calling her a skank. She complained to Sky Hughes. Sky Hughes is sitting in the gallery today. Nurmi cut it off with an objection. Sidebar.

Stephens just asked Martinez if he intended to call Detective Smith. Nurmi: “I believe the non-report is convenient for the state.” Nurmi starts discussing what he characterizes as ongoing misconduct in withholding information. He thinks the state doesn’t want to show him the Mesa PD report.

Juan Martinez says that Mesa Detective Smith has not started his written report on forensic analysis. Willmott says there’s no point for Smith to submit a written report after he testifies. Martinez says the law does not require one. Stephens agrees. Judge Stephens grants the Arias defense team another interview with Smith. Martinez details how Smith will refute the testimony by Neumeister and “John Smith.” Stephens then cuts off Nurmi to discuss it the next day.

Jodi Arias, the lawyers and the Judge need to meet with a juror in chambers.

Dr. DeMarte is back on the stand. Martinez asks if she believes there was physical domestic violence between Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander. DeMarte says she does not think there was domestic violence because the accounts are inconsistent. For example, Arias told DeMarte that the abuse was over Alexander borrowing money but told the female psychologist it was about losing a job. DeMarte says she sees no patterns of abuse, though occasionally Travis may “cross the line.” Juan- What is crossing the line?

DeMarte- Name calling, threatening to harm.

Why can’t it be both losing a job and needing to lend money?

Martinez asks DeMarte about whether Jodi Arias mentioned drug abuse by her parents, and physical abuse as a child. DeMarte is Dr. No to all of it. – Michael Kiefer

Alexander was upset because Arias was “intrusive and crossing boundaries” and had lied to him, DeMarte says.

DeMarte explains her diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder for Jodi Arias. DeMarte: Borderlines have general instability in their life, their identity, their behavior

Martinez asks DeMarte if Alexander was officially dating anyone while he was texting 12 women at once. She says he was not. Martinez: Is it manipulative to be corresponding with 12 women at once? DeMarte says no.

Dr. D. reads from an interview with Jodi Arias’ sister Julie, who says she was very secretive…and that she knew very little about her personal life.

Martinez says Geffner placed significance on Alexander not telling the Bishop about sex. Nurmi objects that he misstates testimony. Sidebar. Martinez: Is there a psychological significance to keeping a sexual relationship secret? DeMarte: No, it’s normal.

But there is a psychological significance to keeping all other aspects of the relationship secret.

dr d damsel vicarMartinez shows a note from Dr. Samuels quoting Jodi Arias as saying her parents never physically or sexually abused her.

Jodi called at inappropriate times, asked advice, and Jodi would just always let herself in the house, according to a former Alexander roommate, Zachary Billings, who Dr. D. interviewed. Zach knew they had issues and argued about Jodi showing up in his house and had arguments about her moving back to Mesa.

Of course, Zach is not available to be cross-examined, because Zach also said that Jodi was over there all the time and there were never any other problems between them that he knew of. But we don’t get to see that testimony.

DeMarte repeats the story of Travis Alexander being home with Lisa Andrews when he notices a light go out. When he checks, it’s Jodi Arias. DeMarte calls it continuous pursuit. DeMarte concludes that it comes out of Arias’ fear of abandonment. A text from Alexander says he doesn’t know if Jodi Arias slashed his tires but she watched him make out twice. Martinez shows DeMarte a text between Alexander and Michelle Laury talking about Arias spying on Alexander. DeMarte says Jodi Arias “got caught,” Nurmi jumps up and asks for another sidebar.

There was nothing I ever saw suggesting that there was more than one peeping incident. Also, the story of Lisa and Travis and Jodi and the light was not the story I heard. dr d jodi 2The story was that Travis and Lisa were at her home when an alarm zone went off. When they checked it, No One was there.

DeMArte reads a text between Alexander and Arias referencing a stolen diamond ring. Nurmi objects. Stephens says to disregard the remark. DeMarte says Jodi took it without his consent. Nurmi objects loudly. Sidebar. Martinez: has DeMarte read the text from Alexander asking where the ring is? Arias replies that she has it, don’t worry. Travis says he’s not mad about it.

Nurmi stands and says “She made a false assertion against my client.” Stephens again tells the jury to disregard.

We have never heard from the defense concerning the ring. Was it found among Arias’ possessions when she was arrested or not? Why was it never entered into evidence? If it was too prejudicial to enter into evidence, then why is DeMArte allowed to talk about it at both trials?

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JM is able to get evid in about things #JodiArias did in the relationship by having DD testify re JAs condition and the actions r symptoms

BINGO! Monica gets it. Dr. DeMarte is being used to get in Martinez’ evidence.

sailing-ship in time of stormThe clouds break open and the thunder booms above.

More intrusive behavior with Matt McCartney: He moved to Crater Lake to get away from Jodi Arias, DeMarte says. A transcript of Arias ex-boyfriend Matt McCartney: Matt moved because he needed space from Jodi Arias. Nurmi reads the next document, then asks to approach. DeMarte is reading a document that indicates that Arias was clinging and needy with ex-boyfriend Daryl Brewer. He was pulling away.

DeMarte is listing “unwanted behaviors” on the part of Arias towards Travis Alexander. DeMarte says Jodi Arias would wait outside a bedroom door while Alexander was inside talking on the phone and would follow him around the house. Travis said he didn’t want to see Jodi anymore and Jodi was very upset by this.

Where is this information coming from? We haven’t seen any of this before.

DeMarte says these are more examples of intrusive behaviors. Travis told Regan Housley that he dated Jodi for a few months. Jodi hacked into his facebook, emails, and was in his home uninvited.  Regan asks Travis if Arias is still stalking him. Travis says, “Yes.” He said she cried louder & more intense over him than anything. TA says he’s afraid JA will kill herself.

Travis tells Regan that #JodiArias hacked into his IM’s. Juan puts up the Valentines Day letter from Jodi telling TA her anger is very destructive. Borderlines can keep emotions inside and then explode violently, DeMarte says. DeMarte gave Arias a test to evaluate personality traits.

Dr D Dr DHere we go with the windows and doors letter. Wasn’t that a confession that Arias got violent once as a teen? Now it’s back again being used to suggest that Jodi Arias was a violent person as an adult. Zero evidence of that. Now, it’s even being presented as a possible threat towards Travis!

DeMarte says the “likes” on Jodi Arias’ My Space page were identical to those on Alexander’s. DeMarte says that Jodi Arias’ friends called her a chameleon, and Arias would change personality depending who she was with. DeMarte: borderlines tend to have very fast attachments to other people. They idealize them — but can turn and devalue them just as quickly.

Who are the friends that said that? Be specific. Travis started writing journals and taking an interest in photography. Was he a chameleon too?

Juan is bringing up a transcript of Jodi’s testimony from 2/14 regarding suicide

Arias said she bought Advil to thin out her blood in jail and was going to slit her wrists with a razor. Arias said in testimony being read by DeMarte, that she covered herself with blankets to keep the blood from dripping onto her cellmate in the bunk below. She nicked herself with a razor blade and it stung.

But Arias said she didn’t admit her suicide plans because “they would have thrown me in a padded cell.” DeMarte reads Arias’ testimony when she said she made the “no jury will convict me” remark because she had planned to commit suicide in 2008.

Martinez is done. Stephens calls on defense to start cross. Nurmi asks to approach.

The sailboat is climbing the waves, then getting tossed down in the troughs. Things are falling off the edges of the boat, and the sharks are circling.

Kirk Nurmi begins his cross of Dr. DeMarte by saying “Good morning,” and when she doesn’t answer, he says, “I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you.” DeMarte grudgingly says good morning. Then Nurmi asks her to produce her resume, which he is going through now.

DeMarte is in private practice for therapy and evaluations services. Travis Alexander’s friend Chris Hughes is in the gallery. DeMarte says that Arias does not meet the criteria for PTSD because she had no trauma and no flashbacks or intrusive thoughts.

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Nurmi says violent relationships would have a pattern. “Not necessarily,” DeMarte answers. The back and forth is very curt. – Michael Kiefer

DeMarte charges $300 an hour. “You work part-time as a sort of Dr. Death,” Nurmi says to DeMarte. He asks how many hours she worked on this case, she answers, “several.” Nurmi asks about two other death penalty cases DeMarte worked on. She says no. When he presses she says she testified on them. Then she says 3 altogether.

Nurmi is telling DeMarte she did not diagnose Jodi Arias as having adjustment disorder. He asks her to look at the last page of her report. DeMarte says she prefers “psychological disorder” to “mental illness.” dr d nurmiNurmi says, “You understand, I don’t care about your preferences…” – Michael Kiefer

Personality disorders are enduring and begin early in life, DeMarte says. Nurmi has DeMarte describing & defining “physical” & “emotional abuse”. Nurmi lingers over definitions of Borderline Personality Disorder in his questions for DeMarte. DeMarte says it usually needs a trigger. Nurmi asks to take the morning break.

Nurmi asks DeMarte to explain a researcher’s theory on the origin of borderline personality– born with certain sensitivities and to unable to control emotions.

DeMarte agrees with Nurmi that borderline personality is a serious mental illness.

Nurmi is as aggressive today as Juan Martinez usually is during cross examination. Nurmi and DeMarte quibble over whether her writing that “showing symptoms of adjustment disorder” is a diagnosis? Nurmi asks DeMarte about Arias’ relationship with Darryl Brewer, re: idealization.

DeMarte starts talking about Jodi Arias changing her hair and getting a boob job possibly as a way to change identity to please the people around her. DeMarte: “They have a dire fear they will be abandoned and so they glom on.”

Or not: Maybe it was always something she wanted to do, to get a boob job. Lots of women get that surgery and lots of women color their hair. It’s ridiculous to opine that she took these actions due to a mental illness

DeMarte and Nurmi use the phrase “invalidating environment.” DeMarte says that BPD could develop in those who are genetically predisposed if the person’s feelings are continuously invalidated. dr d nurmi jennDeMarte brings up “Evocative gene environment coordination” = you pick up the cute, happy baby, not the ugly whiny one. And when parents don’t understand why the child is upset and say “stop it,” it perpetuates the environment.

That sounds right on the mark.

Jodi told DeMarte she was sexually attacked by a family member when she was 5 or 6 years old. Nurmi asks DeMarte for examples of an invalidating environment in Arias’ background. DeMarte says Arias and her parents did not agree.

DeMarte says Jodi breaking up with Darryl and going with Travis right away is Borderline Personality given her pattern. Nurmi: Jodi Arias immersed herself with Alexander in PPL and the LDS and as a sexual outlet to please him. “She is becoming what TA wants her to be.” Nurmi argues that Jodi Arias remained cordial with many of her ex-boyfriends.

To DeMarte: “I understand you’re not aware of much, but…” – Michael Kiefer.

Yesterday DeMarte said that Brewer wanted distance from Jodi Arias. “Brewer told me that she left him after she joined the LDS.” dr d jodi 4During an interview with Brewer near the end of the first trial, it was clear he didn’t know Arias was already with Alexander when she left him. Nurmi asks DeMarte if it’s true that Arias broke up with Daryl Brewer. She couldn’t recall.

DD is a cool cucumber. Perfect witness, so to speak. Calm, even toned, not combative. – Jen Wood

The mast is cracking from the force of the wind, the sharks are bumping into the hull. The captain starts calling ship to shore for help.

sea 4Nurmi- Can someone with Borderline Personality Disorder also have PTSD? DeMarte- Yes it can happen. Now Nurmi starts to question her assertion that Arias does not suffer from PTSD. Nurmi asks DeMarte how to interpret Jodi Arias talking about “facials.” What is the intent? She says she takes it at face value. With all the talk about taking things at face value, Nurmi says, that would mean Alexander knows about a 12-yr-old girl’s orgasms, etc.

Nurmi: “How far does this go back (work experience)? Do you count your experience in high school?” Nurmi repeats: Is it proper to say her work as a student counts as experience in evaluation? She says the license is a test after gaining experience. Nurmi now starts asking about her research in domestic violence since she became licensed. She has none. Nurmi asks if her work as a student counts. DeMarte wants to argue an interpretation.

Nurmi, in an impatient voice: “Doctor, do you understand you are here to answer my questions?”

Nurmi just called DeMarte “you, a psychologist of one year’s experience” when she started an answer. Nurmi is reminding DeMarte that she has not published or presented at conferences for years, in contrast to the long career of Psychologist #1.

Nurmi just asked if she was evaluating Travis Alexander as well. Nurmi says Alexander was exposed to DV as child which would have an effect on the relationship. Nurrmi: Why was he still having sex with her? DeMarte I think he enjoyed having sex with her.

Now DeMarte says that shows Alexander’s ambivalence for Arias. “I think those two experiences co-existed.” Nurmi: What about Alexander telling women that Jodi Arias is stalking him and he wants her gone, then calls her for phone sex and invites her for real sex. Nurmi says that Alexander calling, texting, having phone sex, real sex with Arias is not consistent with not wanting her in his life. DeMarte repeats that Alexander liked the sex with Jodi, but not the intrusive behavior. DeMarte: “I think he liked other aspects of her. Sex, yes, and other aspects of her.” She thinks Alexander loved Jodi earlier.

Nurmi asks if DeMarte ever testified that a woman DID have battered woman syndrome. The answer is never. DeMarte says she never used the DAPS test. Nurmi: How can you say a Psychologist with 30 yrs experience did it wrong? “He absolutely did it wrong”, she replies.

Nurmi asks DeMarte if Geffner’s 30 years experience in domestic violence amounts to anything. DeMarte did not review full testimony of the other Alexander girlfriends who took the stand. sea 6DeMarte claims not to know details of Alexander’s sexual relations with other women or whether he actually had sex with them.

Nurmi is now going through Alexander’s correspondence with Jodi Arias and others. Right now, they discuss the assertion that he was a 30-year-old virgin.

The winds calm down and the waves have receeded, the sailboat has passed by the sharks. The sun peaks out momentarily.

Flores, Martinez and the Alexander sisters come out of chambers first. Then Nurmi, Willmott and Maria De la Rosa.  No Judge, no Jodi.

Stephens takes the bench. Nurmi gives her a case law cite.

Stephens leaves the bench. We are sitting in the courtroom wondering if we will see anything else today. DeMarte finishes off a can of soda as she crosses the courtroom, drops it in the wastebasket and pushes through the door. – Michael Kiefer

Stephens says no trial tomorrow. She is now going to call jurors in one at a time for questioning. Judge Stephens calls the lawyers to the bench. Will there be another witness today?

Nurmi gets DeMarte to acknowledge Jodi Arias had no prior criminal record. Nurmi got DeMarte to say Arias would have had borderline personality disorder at the time she met Travis Alexander.  That’s it for cross examination

Martinez gets up and gets DeMarte to repeat that mental illness and psychological disorder mean pretty much the same thing. DeMarte: Borderline personality disorder is not a “mental illness” but a “disorder.” Will jurors care about this distinction? – Michael Kiefer.

Makes me wonder what kind of disorder Dr. DeMarte. has to go into the highest ranks of a profession that is all about helping and protecting the mentally ill. I have to say that as a fellow professional in the field, she has my contempt as well as the contempt of a great many. I think she’s very bright and a great witness, so I hope she had a come-to-Jesus type moment about what she is doing in her work for the State.

The jury is asking multiple questions about DeMarte’s experience. Jury question asks DeMarte about her experience treating domestic violence and sexual abuse. She goes back to her training.

Questions for DeMarte.

Question: How does she know Geffner made mistakes on tests? She said it is obvious but she doesn’t answer the question.

Question: If Arias and Alexander traded passwords willingly, how is it intrusive? DeMarte says when it became unwanted.

Question: Did Alexander’s various women know about Jodi Arias? DeMarte thinks they did not know the extent of it sexually.

sea 7The sky is brighter now, the wind is mild and from only one direction, the sailboat is cruising smoothly now. Sunset is at hand.

Martinez follows up. DeMarte says Arias answered differently in two versions of the same test.

I don’t think so. They were two tests from two different perspectives, so of course some answers will tend to be different.

Martinez has DeMarte look at a Jodi Arias journal entry written a month after the murder. Nurmi asks to approach. The journal entry: “people are dropping my name as possibly having something to do with Travis’ death.” Payback for immorality? she asks.

Jodi Arias journal entry: “There is nothing he could have possibly done to deserve what happened to him.” Can DeMarte take that at face value? But oddly, doesn’t this time – Michael Kiefer

Doesn’t Jodi Arias’ journal entry make her seem more unhinged and less of a candidate for the death penalty? – Michael Kiefer

Now Juan Martinez is showing an email from Arias to Travis Alexander — after she killed him. DeMarte reads the bogus e-mail Arias wrote to Alexander after she killed him, describing her next visit as if she had not been there recently.

Martinez: Jodi Arias showed up unannounced, peeked in his windows. DeMarte: yes.

Martinez: Isn’t it true that Jodi Arias was under Alexander’s Christmas tree? Yes. He starts the next question, but Nurmi asks for a sidebar

In this text Travis is talking to Julie about finding him a wife and saying that Sarah is too young. Juan points out no sexual texting was going on and Julie was on the chart Geff had for sexting.

But it wasn’t a chart just for sexting.

Martinez: If any prison inmate had trouble adjusting, would that mean they all suffer mental illness? DeMarte says yes. dr d juan 1Martinez: Did Jodi Arias have a strong attachment to men? Nurmi asks for a sidebar.

Martinez shows a sentence saying that #jodiarias was sometimes snide. Martinez says it’s from DeMarte’s report about adjustment disorder. Martinez asks how many times DeMarte used the phrase “mental illness” in her report. She thinks 2-3 times. She counts 3.

Page 27 in DeMarte’s report says: Arias has BPD and anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorder.

What the defense missed: Dr. DeMarte added on depression and anxiety plus the adjustment disorder, because her initial diagnosis of BPD only, did not account for all the peaks and valleys from the raw data in Arias’ test results.

Nurmi asks to approach. Jodi Arias says her mom and other family members have a history of depression and no one has been treated for their mental illness. Martinez asks DeMarte if “jerk” is a psychological term. – not sure what that was about.

Martinez “Does borderline personality disorder mean the defendant doesn’t know right from wrong?” DeMarte: “She knows right from wrong.”

Martinez leads with a question to DeMarte about what her ethical obligations are re tests. DeMarte: “My ethical obligation is that the tests don’t get replicated.”

It’s a brilliant deep red sunset. The clouds are light in the sky.

The jury is sent out

The lawyers are at the bench. Will the Judge make an announcement?

Stephens did not say how long the recess would be. Martinez is with the family in the victim room. The defense team is in conference.

The jury files in.

Stephens: “We are at recess.

The jury files out, again.

The sun has set. The stars are many and bright in the sky. The sharks are back in force.

Nurmi starts the new day by asking Dr. DeMArte the meaning of sexual addiction.

And Nurmi just repeated the line of DeMarte keeping her “job as a part-time Dr. Death.” Martinez asks for a sidebar. Nurmi asks why she doesn’t consider Alexander’s remarks about 12-year-old girls as objective data that he liked children. “Are you having trouble understanding my questions this morning, doctor?” Nurmi is channeling Martinez this morning. – Michael Kiefer.

Now Nurmi accuses DeMarte of relying on Jodi Arias’ self-reports when they are favorable to the state and otherwise discounting them as lies.

DeMarte just said that Jodi Arias not writing in her journal about the TA masturbation incident implies it didn’t happen. sea 11Nurmi now asks DeMarte what journals she reads to stay abreast of theory on domestic violence. DeMarte denies saying that Arias journaled on everything but not on domestic violence. Nurmi asks if she took a course in journaling.

Nurmi to DeMarte: “I know you want to tell me how much Ms. Arias lies. That wasn’t my question.” DeMarte asks to see an exhibit Nurmi is asking about and Nurmi responds “so when you don’t want to answer a question you need an exhibit….”

Nurmi now badgering DeMarte when she doesn’t understand his questions.

The best exchange ever, DeMarte, “What’s your question?” Nurmi, “Fine, you don’t understand, we’ll move on.” – Michal Kiefer

Nurmi to DeMarte: “When did you become this guru of psychological certitude…?”

Martinez asks for a sidebar.

Nurmi produces the rules and asks how she can show the test questions to Martinez. DeMarte does not answer. Martinez objects vigorously. DeMarte asks what rule?

The boat, too stressed from earlier, is starting to come undone. Water is leaking in, and the sharks are stirring about.

DeMarte reads her notes of a meeting with Juan Martinez and Nurmi asks if there is an exception to rules that allows her to show him the test questions. DeMarte does not answer. Martinez objects vigorously.

She says she can show Martinez the questions and she believes it’s at her discretion. Nurmi and DeMarte quibble over whether she showed Martinez the questions or just explained their content to him and what the difference is. Nurmi: “You shared copyrighted material and violated your professional ethics, right?” DeMarte: “That’s not right.”dr d jodi

Nurmi to DeMarte: “Do you believe your obligation to Mr. Martinez surpasses your obligation as a psychologist?” DeMArte: “It’s my responsibility as a psychologist to explain it to him.”

Nurmi says, “OK, Dr., we’ll have it your way.” Martinez objects, Judge Stephens tells the jury to disregard the remark.

Bob Geffner wrote a letter to DeMarte to “teach” her not to expose questions on copyrighted diagnostic tests. Nurmi says she has a history.

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And that ends the rebuttal phase. Surrebuttal is ongoing, and who knows if there’s finally light the end of tunnel in this over-extended trial.

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Decepticon Christine Beswick Transforms Gossip into Gospel

Canadian Decepticon Christine Beswick Transforms Gossip into Gospel

Fact Based Reporting by Rob Roman

Research by Amanda Chen

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Christine Beswick, a “Relationships Examiner” for Examiner.com out of Toronto, makes medical history ….. by talking out her ass.

Here we review Christine’s latest article “Jodi Arias will get a video call for Christmas, Juan Martinez fights back.” Judging from her past articles, Christine Beswick seems to have a visceral and seething hatred for the defendant. Really, she’s just another in a long line of D-list celebs who try to cash in, garner more site hits and attention for themselves by throwing rocks at Jodi Arias.

Beswick, in a Nutshell

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Her so-called articles are generally devoid of fact, give few specific examples, and cite few if any other qualified sources. Beswick is just putting it out there knowing that 95 out of 100 people will tell her “Right-on”. As she goes riding by on her bicycle, triumphantly waiving to her adoring fans, we just had to try and shove a proverbial stick in her spokes, in the name of factual reporting and fairness, of course.

The quoted sections in turquoise are from Christine’s article, followed by our responses. Other sources are in purple.

Victim’s Wounds

“After seeing the evidence that Travis Alexander was stabbed over 25 times, shot in the head, and nearly decapitated from a severed windpipe, the 2013 jury also found that Jodi’s crime included the aggravating factor of cruelty in the murder of Travis Alexander. It was this aggravating factors stage that a jury unanimously found made Jodi Arias eligible for the death penalty.

1359613086_grammar_police_xlargeWrong! (Grammar Police needed)

Travis Alexander had 16 stab wounds. Try reading the autopsy report.

http://murderpedia.org/female.A/images/arias-jodi/travis-alexander-autopsy-report.pdf

He had 29 knife wounds.

– 16 stab wounds – 13 incised wounds, including the slit throat. Many of these wounds were minor.

This does not seek to minimize the wounds, as some were obviously deep and two wounds were fatal all by themselves (the stab to the heart and the neck slash). The wounds were horrific, no doubt.

Everyone likes to say that Travis Alexander was “nearly decapitated” or that his throat was “slashed to the vertebrae”. Wrong!

This would be Nicole Brown Simpson, and we will not go over that again. Nearly decapitated? There is no evidence of that whatsoever. In fact, the official autopsy report states that the throat wound was 2-4 inches short of being ear to ear. His windpipe was severed, yes.

Saying Travis was “nearly decapitated” is like saying in July that it’s “nearly Christmas”.

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Extreme Cruelty

It would have been much more cruel, had Alexander been stabbed once in the heart, then left to slowly bleed to death.

As for the cruelty charge, let’s see what USA Today has to say about that:

“In the Jodi Arias case, the jury that convicted her of murder also found that she killed Travis Alexander in an especially cruel manner. The current jury will decide only if there are mitigators that outweigh the cruelty.

The aggravator is called F(6) in the statutes, “especially heinous, cruel or depraved.” In Arias’ case, the trial judge would only allow for cruelty.

All murder could be deemed cruel, but “excessive cruelty” is supposed to refer to great physical suffering or great mental anguish before death.”

This is supposed to mean a prolonged death, a purposely prolonged death, torture, a significant period of mental anguish prior to death, or a significant period of uncertainty about whether or not the victim will be murdered, such as in a rape, a kidnapping, or  a hostage situation.

“But ­prosecutors often rely on the common meaning of the word “cruel” to get juries to believe that the murder they are ­judging is among the cruelest.”

This is a problem of Arizona law. It’s a serious problem.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/21/arias-sentencing-retrial-death-penalty/17652153/

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Jodi Arias ordered a “Code Red” on Travis Alexander. Therefore, Juan Martinez, a few connected polticians, and the LDS Church get to order a “Code Red” on Jodi Arias. Right?

Fair is fair.

Supporters and Defense Think Guilt Phase Still in Progress

“…This (2nd penalty) phase has been in progress since September 2014. Supporters of Jodi Arias, and the current defense strategy of Jodi Arias, suggests (sic) that some people think right now Jodi is fighting for her innocence. She is not. She is still guilty and convicted of first degree murder, and this jury has been ordered to remember that.”

grammar policeWrong! (Grammar Police needed)

I keep hearing this idiotic idea that Jodi supporters and the defense think it’s still the guilt phase. Nobody thinks that, and the jury knows full well what they are there to decide. It’s Life vs. Death.

We have already reported that there is almost zero difference in Arizona between LWOP (Life with no possibility of parole) and 25 years to life with a possibility of parole (Life with an infinitesimally slight, but virtually no chance of parole).

What’s really interesting is that we know for a fact that many Prosecution supporters believe that Life is the correct decision. We thought the battle lines would change from Guilty vs. Not Guilty, to Life vs. Death, with many prosecution supporters coming over and joining us on the side of Life. However, most prosecution supporters are still fighting the Guilty vs. Not Guilty battle.

We wonder how many of these people are hiding the fact that they secretly hope the verdict will be Death? We wonder how many really don’t care whether she gets Life or Death?

 

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Drag the Victim Through the Mud … blat blat blat

“In this phase of the court process Jodi Arias is required to present mitigating factors that may lead a jury to have sympathy for her and decide on life in prison, rather than the death penalty. Instead, the Jodi Arias defense team has decided to drag the victim through the mud with one abuse story after another in their efforts to paint Jodi Arias as an abuse victim, according to Christian Today earlier this week.”

Wrong!

That is Not what the Christian Today article said. The article did not say “drag the victim through the mud with one abuse story after another” nor did it say “their efforts to paint Jodi Arias as an abuse victim”.

To the great credit of Christian Today, their report was much more objective than that. They stated the facts, and they let the reader decide – you know, the old-fashioned way.

The only true citing from Christian Today, other than a quote by Jen Wood of the Trial Diaries, was this:

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Christian Today reports that the trial wrapped before the holidays with testimony from a Dr. Geffner.”

Chritine Beswick, these are YOUR words:

Defense Attempts and Allegations

“As we previously reported Dr. Geffner was trying to paint the picture of Jodi Arias as an abuse victim, in an attempt to use alleged “abuse” as a mitigating factor. What this means is the defense is trying to say, Travis abused Jodi and so she should get off for this killing.”

They aren’t attempting – they already did it in the first penalty phase. They aren’t alleging anything either.

Is Christine Beswick citing an article from Christian Today because they are an authority on the Jodi Arias trial? Or, is she citing the article on Christian Today merely because it has the word “Christian” in it?

‘We report, –  You decide.’

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Beswick citing Christian Today

That in-depth Christian Today article she cited was a whopping 333 words. Another Christian Today article about the Jodi Arias trial (354 words) was headlined under “entertainment”. This is what it said:

“Last week, the lawyers working on the case started questioning 400 possible jurors in Phoenix’s Maricopa County Superior Court. After the first cut, the number was trimmed down to 176.  Wednesday’s trial resulted to further trimmings, which ended up with 26 people returning for further questioning.

The residents from the area, on the other hand, are not happy with how slow things are shaping up for the trial.  A former Mesa police investigator expressed his strong opinion in an interview posted at the Arizona Central.

He said, “YES! I’m sick and tired of the Jodi Arias murder case. Murders happen almost every day in Arizona. Sadly, murder is no big deal. While most murder cases and trials are handled quietly and with the dignity of brain surgery, the Arias trial has taken on the theatrics of a well-rehearsed circus show, thanks to Maricopa County prosecutor Juan Martinez, defendant Arias and the media.”

That’s what Christian Today reported. They also reported this:

“The prolonged trial to sentence Jodi Arias is also putting a hole in the pockets of Arizona taxpayers. At this point, the defense costs already reached $2.5 million. This is not the final numbers, however, since the tab will continue to grow while the second phase for penalty hearing is still ongoing.

The amount paid for the prosecutors were undisclosed.”

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/jodi.arias.trial.update.as.jury.selection.continues.local.residents.complain.about.slow.legal.process/41657.htm

Looking again at a Beswickism:

“As we previously reported Dr. Geffner was trying to paint the picture of Jodi Arias as an abuse victim, in an attempt to use alleged “abuse” as a mitigating factor. What this means is the defense is trying to say, Travis abused Jodi and so she should get off for this killing.”

Wrong!

How is getting a sentence of Life in prison with no possibility of parole “getting off”? It’s a perfectly appropriate punishment for 1st degree murder. In fact, with no prior police record, LWOP is quite a harsh punishment.

Mitigation Evidence

“Due to an overwhelming lack of evidence, most court watchers aren’t buying it. They are saying, “We’re still waiting to see a mitigating factor. And evidence, please.”

The last two days of the Jodi Arias trial before the holiday season included Jodi using Dr. Geffner to tell about how often she perceived herself to be a victim in her life.”

Wrong!

In the last Penalty Phase trial, there were 8 mitigating factors presented by the defense

1. Ms. Arias has no prior criminal history.
2. Ms. Arias was just 27 years old when she committed her offense.
3. Ms. Arias is remorseful for her conduct,
4. Ms- Arias suffered both physical and emotional abuse as a child.
5. Ms. Arias suffered both physical and emotional abuse during her relationship with Mr. Alexander.
6. The abusive nature of the relationship caused Ms. Arias to suffer extreme emotional stress at the time of the incident.
7. Ms. Arias has been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
8. Ms. Arias has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.
9. Ms. Arias’ psychological makeup impaired her ability to cope with the tumultuous relationship she had with Mr. Alexander.

The evidence and testimony currently being presented is covering number 4, number 5, number 6, number 7, number 8, and number 9. It’s actually quite efficient in covering a large part of six listed mitigators.  Numbers 1, 2,  and 3 will be covered later.

Here is one prosecution supporter’s very humorous response to the mitigators, thought it’s full of a heapin’ helpin’ of lies. And a prosecution supporter just asked the other day “Why do they call (some of) us “Haters”? Maybe this is why:

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I guess this commenter on Facebook is called “Ugly Stick” because he/she feels Jodi Arias got hit too many times with the ugly stick by the Creator of the Universe:

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UGLY STICK

OK LETS START WITH MITIGATING FACTORS SHALL WE?

PARASITE AGE: ( if parasite is old enough to brutally, savagely murder a really good guy in cold blood in a fit of jealous creepy girl stalker rage, by stabbing him 29 times, 9 to back and head, shot to head then after OVER KILL, has the ABILITY to cut an innocent mans head off, then she is old enough to DIE by the good Doc Dr Needle Juice ).

NO CRIMINAL HISTORY: ( with exception of slashing tires, stalking, threatening TA ex-girlfriends, hacking private information in secrecy, attempted black mail, forging documents and fake letters, breaking and entering without authorization multiple times by means of a DOGGY DOOR, etc… )

PARASITE WAS A GOOD FRIEND: ( such a good friend she will stab you in the back, too much of a coward to face you, cant look you in the eye as she pounds a REAL friggen knife in you back ).

LACKED SUPPORT FROM FAMILY: ( her family financially supported her by giving her money to make her go away and shut TFU, parasite refused any other reality, but her own creepy alternate world… parents first instinct told them she did it, what does that tell you ).

SUFFERED NEGLECT AND ABUSE: ( a wooden spoon is not a knife or a gun, and having to live by rules that can not be followed is not abuse it is a selfish immature child who has to go to bed at 8 and not allowed to color on walls ).

TRIED TO MAKE THE BEST OF HER LIFE: ( dropping out of high school to be a menace to society, mooching and hopping from host to host, ( man to man ) *PARASITE* No real ambition or desire to be more than a “GOLD DIGGER* or *TROPHY WIFE* ).

TRIED TO IMPROVE SELF: ( One does not improve themselves with breast implants and hair color and becoming whatever religion her target host is ).

PARASITE IS A TALENTED ARTIST: ( images traced from various magazine does not make art, it makes you look stupid and a fraud…another criminal act. )

http://www.hlntv.com/slideshow/2014/11/14/jodi-arias-death-penalty-retrial-day-11-photos

see comments section.

 

Christine Beswick, Relationshipd Reporter for the Toronto Examiner.com
Christine Beswick, Relationshipd Reporter for the Toronto Examiner.com

Crime Comparison

This is what USA Today had to say about a comparison between the Arias crime, and other murders in Maricopa County:

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Cristanos Moroyoqui-Yocupicio

“On the same day Arias was convicted, Crisantos Moroyoqui-Yocupicio pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, and a Maricopa County Superior Court judge sentenced him to 14 years in prison. In 2010, Moroyoqui-Yocupicio, a reputed member of a Mexican drug cartel, ­murdered an associate who had stolen from him, and then cut his head off.”

Cut his head OFF, –  for real.

 

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Ray George and a sketch of the murdered woman……
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….. Who turned out to be his girlfriend, Annovedwin Begay-Barakzai

“A month later, Douglas Ray George beat and stabbed his girlfriend to death and left her naked body in the street in Tempe. He also was allowed to plead guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Prosecutors said it was uncertain whether the crime was premeditated.”

“A passer-by found the body of Annovedwin Begay-Barakzai, 23, on June 15 An autopsy determined she died from blunt force trauma, and authorities said she had broken ribs, a lacerated liver and numerous stab wounds to her face and chest.”

http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/douglas-ray-george-pleads-guilty-in-girlfriends-murder

When he switched from a blunt object to a knife, that wasn’t premeditation?

See what we mean by biblical law double standard? A man in Arizona can do whatever he wants to a woman, but a woman dare not try to assault or kill a man for any reason.

“There was no plea offer for Arias; she went to trial and was convicted of first-degree murder.

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Aileen Wuornos, admitted “human–hater”, who killed 7 men in cold blood, and told her jury “May your wife and children get raped, right in the a**”

The death penalty is supposed to be reserved as punishment for the worst of the worst murders, and the Arias ­murder was certainly horrible. But so were the murders committed by ­Moroyoqui-Yocupicio and George.

Who decides which murders are the worst of the worst?

Prosecutors.”

“But it is almost impossible to draw a bright line between murders that should be punished by death and those that should not. So the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1976, approved a “narrowing” system ­using statutory “aggravating factors” to distinguish the extraordinary murders from those that are merely ordinary.

Those factors include killing children or police officers, committing multiple murders or killing for pecuniary, that is, monetary, gain. But since the 1976 ruling, the number of aggravators (in Arizona) has risen from 6 to 14, leaving defense attorneys to complain that every murder qualifies for death.

Prosecutors decide which to pursue”.

“The only narrowing function is ­prosecutorial discretion,” defense ­attorney Eric Crocker said. “You’re at the whim of the prosecutor’s office to ­determine which cases are capital and which are not.”

 http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/21/arias-sentencing-retrial-death-penalty/17652153/

 

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The truth is that somebody made a phone call and made sure that this was to be a death penalty case and that Juan Martinez would be the lead prosecutor.

They made sure that Jodi Arias would be given a “Code Red” Maricopa, Arizona style.

 

Abuse Survivors vs. Jodi Arias

“Using primarily information from Jodi’s own diary, Geffner testified repeatedly that Jodi perceived herself to be a victim against the alleged big, bad murder victim who is unable to speak for himself. Jodi Arias needs to be careful with this strategy because she has already ticked off many abuse survivors in this particular crowd of high profile trial watchers. Most abuse survivors have a funny “radar” for each other, and can spot a fake a mile away.”

battered womanFundamentally Wrong!

This is not about abuse survival. According to her defense, Jodi Arias is a survivor of a sudden, violent conflict. This conflict was brought on by a cyclical abusive relationship. This is not a battered woman’s defense. Arias has never claimed to be a battered woman, or to have battered woman’s syndrome. Alyce LaViolette claimed that, but she meant it in that this relationship fit that pattern – type, not that Arias has any battered woman’s syndrome.

She did claim that a relationship characterized by dominance, emotional, and verbal abuse, began to turn into physical abuse by the time Jodi moved 1,000 miles away and back to Yreka, California. She claims that that violence began again in Alexander’s home in Mesa on June 4th , 2008, beginning to escalate in the afternoon and culminating with a deadly attack in the bathroom.

Out of the 8 mitigating circumstances presented by the defense in the first penalty phase, the most important mitigator, according to the 4 jury members who voted for life in the first penalty phase, was the feeling that Jodi Arias had been abused both before she met Travis Alexander and during her relationship with him.

Jodi, Jack, and Darryl enjoy a birthday party together
Jodi, Jack, and Darryl enjoy a birthday party together

Look at what Darryl Brewer had to say about her and what Travis Alexander had to say about her. He said she was always honest and cheerul. Do the math. It had to be either abuse or mental illness or a combination of the two.

Both are mitigators from the Death Penalty.

The entries in Jodi Arias’ diary do in fact provide evidence of abuse. This evidence was not refuted when Alyce LaViolette testified, although she was attacked personally. This is evidence as testified to by Dr. Fonseca and Dr. Geffner. They are corroborated by e-mails, messages, and texts between Travis Alexander and friends, and the testimony of friends of Travis.

This evidence cannot easily be refuted. She was abused, no doubt.

Within months of meeting her, Alexander was calling Arias a “skank” and “a pathological liar”. Yet more than a year and a half later, he is still suggesting sexual scenarios for the future and having both phone sex and in-person sex with her while still denigrating her to his friends.

 

No Accountability, No Remorse, Manipulator

“Again, Jodi needs to be very careful about this approach because nobody sides with the defendant who never takes accountability, never shows remorse, always manipulates, and has a long history of not telling the truth. Not only that, but juries are instructed to make decisions based on evidence.”

Wrong!

Evidence is being presented by the defense. It’s real and it’s evidence. Jodi Arias has taken accountability for her actions during this trial. Jodi Arias does NOT have a long history of not telling the truth. It was only after the killing that she has a such a history. No evidence to the contrary has been presented.

When Bill Arias said in the police interrogation that Jodi had not been honest with her parents since age 14 or so, what he meant was that she no longer confided in them. She was evasive as to the details of her life after moving out of the home, but this does not mean she lied to them. The fact is she didn’t tell them anything unless absolutely necessary.

 

Biased Expert Testimony

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“Expert witness testimony does count as evidence… Most juries understand that expert witnesses are biased, for the defense and for the prosecution as well.”

I agree, but when the experts present objective evidence that can’t easily be disputed, on either side, the jury is likely to accept it.

 

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Jury’s Perception is What Matters

“What matters at this point for Jodi Arias isn’t even what is or isn’t the truth. It’s what the jury believes. How is the jury perceiving all of this drama? If even one of them is perceiving it the same way the general public appears to be, Jodi is in trouble.”

Agree, however Juan needs 12 out of 12 jurors to get his death sentence.

 

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Jodi is a Narcissist per DSM V

“Jodi’s been accused of being a narcissist several times. And the funny thing about narcissists is that people always see through them very quickly, but the DSM 5 tells us that they are so oblivious to that because they lack insight beyond their inflated sense of Self. Jodi thinks she’s fooling people. Her supporters are fooled. Supporters for the prosecution call that ‘drinking the Kool Aid'”.

Plain Wrong!

narcissism2Jodi had never been diagnosed as a Narcissist, which means that she is not a narcissist, doesn’t  it?. Please give specific examples of where Jodi Arias is easy to see through. I would agree that Jodi Arias is sometimes oblivious to seeing how she is viewed by others, and she does lack insight. For example, after she gives the “Ninjas” explanation for the murder, even though Detective Flores told her that her story is impossible and unbelievable, she stuck with it and even enhanced it.

 

Congratulations to “Cate”

I will say that “Cate” has given many very specific incidences of Arias’ testimony and journal entries she feels should not be believed. Her arguments are persuasive, and I give her a lot of credit for her arguments. Cate knows that she must provide specific examples to make a convincing argument, how is it that Beswick, a “life and relationships advice” reporter, does not feel the need to provide an example?

 

Jodi has Fooled her Supporters

Strong Wrong!

Jodi’s supporters are not fooled by her. They are in a better position to judge her than non-supporters because they have been communicating with her and they generally know more about her and her positive qualities, which are just flat out ignored by prosecution supporters.

“And her lack of evidence is going to strongly work against her and lead her jury into waffling territory. This is dangerous because waffling territory which plants the seeds of reasonable doubt.”

Way Wrong!

“Reasonable doubt only applies to a burden of proof “beyond a reasonable doubt”. In the penalty phase, the defense only has to prove that the mitigating factors are more true than untrue. Only 51% proof is needed, and this is called a burden of proof “by the preponderance of the evidence”. There is no place for reasonable doubt here. A mitigating factor is either more true than not true, or it’s not.

“You will notice every lie or as Jodi likes to call them, abuse story, is more dramatic than the last. As the DSM 5 shows, that’s an elevation technique narcissists use, especially when they meet with resistance. It is the classic, “Oh ok, you didn’t buy that story? You will have to believe this one, because it’s even more terrible.” The narcissistic defense.”

Do you have any specific examples? You are a reporter, aren’t you? Or are you just telling people what you want them to believe, without providing anything to back it up?

There is NOTHING in the DSM V relating to an “elevation technique” due to “resistance” or anything else.

 

Zero Boundary Defense

“It’s the, “let’s toss out as many of these dramatic stories as we can and see how much we can make stick” defense. She has zero boundaries and will literally stop at nothing to avoid the death penalty. And, since she is too afraid to testify, she gets her expert witnesses to do the job for her. From Travis was a pedophile, to “oh great now I’m getting death threats” nothing is off the table in Jodi’s quest to delay the inevitable.”

Wrong!

If Jodi is getting death threats, as she had alleged, this will be easy to prove or disprove, as the jail has a copy on file of every postcard sent to her and a recording on file of every phone call she has made. Dr, Fonseca believes that Travis did have a sexual interest in underage children. Why would she dare say this if she didn’t really believe it given the evidence she researched?

For the millionth time, it seems, Jodi does not want to “delay the inevitable”. She cannot start her appeals process until after she’s sentenced. I’m very sure she’s eager to get to Perryville prison, where there are better food and conditions (according to the prisoners themselves), so she can begin her series of appeals.

How many boundaries would you have in trying to save your life?

 

Days Of Our Lives

Citing Jeff Gold About the Defense

“It was two very long days of testimony that left many still wondering where the mitigating factors were. As lawyer and expert legal analyst, Jeff Gold from the Gold Patrol tweeted,”

“#JodiArias diary ugh! These are the days of our lives. The court has allowed the defense to go way too far afield of mitigation. #justsayin.”

We have already demonstrated that Jeff Gold is an idiot, a sentiment not only of many Jodi supporters. He is desperate to connect with people under age 60, but he has no idea what these “youngsters” are interested in. He tried to do tweets about such things as a 1970’s soap opera and Britney Spears, not realizing that no has been interested in such things for decades. Just sayin’. LoL.

Wrong!

The reason why he is wrong is because the prosecution disputed that there was any evidence at all of abuse written in Jodi Arias’ journals. The prosecution used Arias’ journals to try and show there was no abuse. The prosecution tried to deny the evidence given by Alyce LaViolette by attacking her character and her qualifications, rather than attacking the evidence she presented.

Therefore the defense should be given lots of latitude by the court to show how the journal entries back up Ms. Arias’ claims of abuse.

 

Citing Jenn Wood

“The defense was hoping this would establish a pattern of abuse, but what it appeared to establish was the pattern of an obsessed girlfriend. As Jenn Wood from the Trial Diaries reported,”

“Day in out #jodiarias eats, sleeps, breathes Travis. Journaling, calling, emailing, and texting.”

I would agree with Jenn in that Jodi Arias was way too infatuated and obsessed with Travis Alexander.

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Jodi Arias and Jen Wood. Any similarities?
Jodi Arias and Jen Wood. Any similarities?

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Jodi Admitted to Slashing the Tires?

“In addition to stories told to make Travis look manipulative, the jury also heard that Jodi Arias did admit in her own journal that she slashed the tires of Travis Alexander at one point in 2007.

We also heard that Jodi owned a stun gun at one point, which may once again work to negate that she was in an abusive relationship.”

Wrong! Maybe Travis looks manipulative, because he was manipulative? Jodi Arias never admitted that she slashed Travis Alexnder’s tires. How, pray tell, would owning a stun gun negate an abusive relationship?

Citing Jeff Gold, Again

“As Jeff Gold tweeted,”

“#JodiArias court allows defense so far into the weeds you lose site of any view. It’s a DP mitigation case. This minutia can be abbreviated.”

I agree with Jeff here, this may be to Arias’ detriment as her too long testimony in the guilt phase worked against her.

 

No Accountability

“It came up that Jodi hadn’t bothered to mention to her diary the fact that Travis had slapped her allegedly. Geffner says this is “understandable.” Christian Today reports that one message that was read in court that was written by Jodi Arias to Travis Alexander read,”

“I’m very sorry for all the pain we’ve caused each other. Most of it is my fault. I never meant to hurt you.”

Isn’t this an exact demonstration of Arias taking responsibility for her actions that you stated earlier were non-existent?

 

Journals Were Doctored by Arias

“Many reports are showing suspicion around these journals and many are speculating that some of the journals shown in court were written by Jodi Arias after the crime. Jenn Wood from Trial Diaries told KPHO what she thought the defense was doing with these tactics.”

Journal entries were written in after the killing? Prove it! How in the world would she know that her journal entries would become evidence? If she really did this she could have put a lot more damning stuff into the entries.

“They are trying to get compassion for Jodi….What they are trying to do is translate this to the jury, that Jodi is a victim of Travis Alexander….”

Exactly. And isn’t that what actually happened?

 

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Dr. Geffner Is just Dr. Fonseca 2.0

“By the end of Days 19 and 20 of the retrial of the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial it was clear that Dr. Geffner testimony was simply a “2.0” version of previous expert witness for the defense Dr. Fonseca. Like Dr. Fonseca he worked very hard to paint the picture of Jodi Arias as an abuse victim, and the word “manipulated” came up a lot in his testimony.”

Maybe that was the defenses intention. You can discredit a witness and attack them personally, but it’s much harder to attack two witnesses saying the same thing. Now you must attack the evidence they provided and that’s not easily done. It’s an excellent strategy if it was in fact their strategy.

 

Abuse Victims Don’t Kill Due To Manipulation

“What Dr. Geffner, domestic violence expert, does not want to say about Jodi Arias is that, abuse survivors don’t act like that. Even abuse victims don’t kill because they feel manipulated. They only kill when they are in true survival mode.

Jodi is trying to say she was in survival mode the entire time she was in a relationship with Travis Alexander, and there simply is no evidence to date to support that notion. This is a mentality she is trying to convey that is seriously ticking off abuse survivors. This is how the last week ended before breaking for the holidays. “

Right! Either she was in survival mode and fought for her life or she just snapped even if it was days before the killing. There are no other reasonable explanations that I can see. No one has claimed that Jodi Arias was in survival mode the entire time she was in (the) relationship. Just you’re claiming that, Beswick.

 

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Jodi Will Go To Perryville Prison

“Regardless of what verdict is reached, when the verdict is delivered Jodi Arias will be transferred to Perryville Prison to carry out her sentence. “

Right! Who is not in agreement with that?

 

Demonstrators Protest Against AZ Sheriff Arpaio During His Visit To CA

Kindness and Benevolence of Sheriff Joe

“We do not know if Sherriff Joe Arpaio will be hosting another talent competition this holiday season, but we do know he is allowing free video visitation as a special treat to inmates over Christmas.

KTAR reported on Dec. 23 that inmates in Maricopa County, including Jodi Arias, will be able to have a free video visit with family members over the holiday season. Generally the video visitation costs $13, but Sherriff Arpaio is providing it free to all inmates this holiday. KTAR reports that Sherriff Joe said,

“It’s very very good to be able to let the loved ones – whether it’s in Mexico or anywhere else that cannot come to the jail – to be at least able to utilize this video equipment.”

Video visitation will last 20 minutes each and must be registered for online. What do you think the chances are that a group of Jodi supporters will try and get in on this one? Will the next step for Jodi Arias be a leaked jailhouse video?

Dead Wrong!

This is all a very nice tribute to that cuddly teddy Bear or Santa of a benevolent jail keeper, Sheriff Joe. But this is the most distasteful thing in the Christine Beswick’s Examiner.com “article”. Can anyone refute that Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio is a Monster? I don’t think you can.

We urge you to take a look at some real, factual reporting:

https://spotlightonlaw.wordpress.com/stranger-than-fiction-the-real-sheriff-joe-feb-20/

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The Video visitation scheme, actually replaces face to face visitation in Sheriff Joe’s jails, meaning that even if you can travel to the jail, you cannot have a face to face visit with a prisoner any longer, only a video visit. Keep in mind that most of the inmates have merely been charged with a crime and have not yet had their day in court.

If you are familiar with Skype and other video conferencing software, you know that this software is virtually free and only requires a computers or smartphone to enable a video chat.

The system in the Maricopa jails works well for jailers because they can record and store each and every video-chat. Prisoners are charged almost $13.00 (65 cents/minute) for a twenty minute “video visit”.

Now, for Christmas, Sheriff Joe is “allowing the privilege of a free video visit for each qualifying prisoner in his jails”. How benevolent of him! Actually it’s entirely self-serving.

Many families who have not yet done a video visit can try one for free. Then they will be much more used to the technology and all set up for future PAID video visits. Though it’s nice that people can visit from a great distance, this scheme is a giant cash cow. The Sheriff gets 20% of all monies generated from video visits as pure profit. They also save money from all the manpower and logistics required to have actual face to face visitation. You do the math.

 

Juan’s Wondrous Motion

“Trial Diaries has reported that a motion was filed dated Dec. 22 with the Maricopa County Superior Court on the case of the State of Arizona vs. Jodi Arias.

In that motion, prosecutor for the State Juan Martinez objects to, well, just about everything the defense has done as of late. Specifically Martinez is objecting to the recent motion filed by the defendant seeking to dismiss the death penalty. So, at the start of this case, Juan filed a motion to seek the death penalty.”

The motion to dismiss the charges or to dismiss the death penalty demands a response by the prosecution. Of course, he filed a motion in response to the defense motion. Ch – Ch – Ch Chia!

 

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Strenuous Objection

“Juan’s motion is a strenuous objection to that. He basically said in his motion, they are claiming misconduct but have failed to show evidence, as usual, thus, no misconduct. In closing he makes sure that the last thing he says about Jodi Arias before the holiday break is, she’s a liar.”

Juan’s response is always “She’s a liar”. However, you do not get sentenced to death for being a liar. Lying is not a capital offense. You need something more substantial than that. Strenuous objection? Remember how far that got Demi Moore’s character in “A Few Good men”?

“The State objects to defendant’s latest request to ‘dismiss all charges with prejudice’ or dismiss the State’s notice of intent to seek death penalty due to recently discovered prosecutorial misconduct. Defendant continues to make unsupported allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and her current request should also be denied.”

Wrong!

The many instances of prosecutorial misconduct are really adding up. Juan Martinez’past misconduct may be finally catching up with him. Chickens finally coming home to roost? Ch – Ch – Ch – Chia!

 

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Jodi Supporters Drink the Kool Aid

“Meanwhile, a cursory glance around the Internet would reveal that Jodi supporters, whether they are or are not drinking “the Kool Aid” truly believe she was abused. Some also are living in a universe that has led them to believe she will need a job when she gets out of prison. Those that are not drinking “the Kool Aid” know that Jodi is a convicted murderer whose best case scenario in this lifetime is life in prison.”

Thank-You, Christine, for noting that NOT ALL Jodi supporters are drinking the Kool Aid.

 

Arias Best Case Scenario

Right!

Okay, this is the faction of Jodi supporters I like to call the “Rainbows, Flowers and Unicorns” division of Jodi supporters. They believe she will be set free any day now. Not gonna happen.

Judge Stephens will never dismiss the charges, she would be tarred, feathered and run out of the state if she did that. The Supreme Court of Arizona will not dismiss the charges, they will bump it up to a higher court and let them take the heat. Jodi Arias will not go free.

 

Jodi Arias will go to Perryville Prison.

Realistically, the best case scenario for Jodi Arias and supporters is that she be awarded a retrial. This possibility is more likely than many prosecution supporters dare to believe.

https://spotlightonlaw.wordpress.com/why-jodi-arias-must-get-and-will-have-a-new-trial/

 

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Arias Supporters Are Delusional

“And this group of people calls those that support Travis Alexander “delusional.” Another post about the future of Jodi Arias shows that some people still believe she is getting out of jail sometime, and soon.”

Aren’t many Travis Alexander supporters delusional? What is it they are fighting for? Justice has already been served in this case. Jodi Arias has been unanimously convicted of Murder in the first degree. She will either get life or death, and she will go to Perryville Prison. So what fight is left for them to have? For those who demand death, good luck to you, it’s highly doubtful she will be sentenced to death.

 

Gossip Is Not Gospel

On top of that, there is a cornucopia of evidence to suggest that facts in this case are not as advertised by Juan Martinez, Media, Minions, or a life and relationship reporter from Toronto.

Even if Christine Beswick did make medical history!

 

The CODE RED

Did Juan Martinez order a “CODE RED” on Jodi Arias?

You’re God Damn Right He Did!

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Sources:

http://www.examiner.com/article/jodi-arias-will-get-a-video-call-for-christmas-jail-juan-martinez-fights-bac

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/21/arias-sentencing-retrial-death-penalty/17652153/

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/jodi.arias.trial.update.as.jury.selection.continues.local.residents.complain.about.slow.legal.process/41657.htm

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/jodi.arias.trial.defense.team.retells.arias.alleged.mental.illness.day.20/44734.htm#ixzz3NCZBKXXJ

http://www.hlntv.com/slideshow/2014/11/14/jodi-arias-death-penalty-retrial-day-11-photos

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