Jodi Arias was back in court for what most thought would be the moment we got to see “who” this jury is! Well not so fast, Jodi Arias came into the courtroom wearing stripes and shackles while the press and public took a deep sigh of disappointment. With Jodi in stripes that meant no jury today. I was a tad bit worried this meant some kind of delay was on the horizon but so far so good for opening statements on October 21st…yes my fingers are crossed.
At any rate, Jodi walked into the courtroom looking happy as her hair bounced with her every step. She sat down next to Jen Willmott and turned around in her chair to see who was in gallery awaiting every word uttered from the lawyers and judge. Jodi grinned at us all and spun back around ready to begin. This is the stuff she lives for, being back in the spotlight with the media and public at full attention. Most of the people in attendance want Justice for Travis besides a few of her supporters that Facebook and Tweet their take on the proceedings to those that want to see Jodi set free. Travis Alexander’s sister Tanisha and her husband Harold, along with close friends were also in attendance and their united front is always powerful.
Nonetheless, the hearing began with tension between Juan Martinez and Kirk Nurmi. Kirk came out with guns a blazing as he said Jodi wasn’t getting a fair trial and the death penalty needed to be dismissed because of the actions of the prosecutor. Kirk argues the states tactics are a “poker game” at his clients expense. He expressed to Judge Stephens Juan is not submitting notes from experts, witnesses he’s going to call for rebuttal, and evidence in a timely manner. Sound familiar? It is, Kirk brought this up at the last hearing and filed a 59 page motion with these complaints enclosed. But, today the defense asked that the rebuttal witnesses for the state be precluded from trial and Judge Stephens denied that request, for now. The Judge did leave a little loop hole open stating that Nurmi could revisit this request after the trial begins. Yeah, another reason for Nurmi to file a motion! What will he do when this trial is over? I do know miles of trees WILL be saved. The courtroom began to heat up as Nurmi threw in a comment that Juan was being “snarky” and Juan didn’t like that so much. Juan stated that the comment was inappropriate and the defense “never wastes a moment to take a shot at the prosecutor.” The judge agreed Juan was not being “snarky” and they moved on. I have definitely noticed a lot more tension between defense and state as the trial draws near. I feel a lot of objections coming from both sides with plenty of sidebar action.
In addition, the defense wants their expert to examine a computer for what Nurmi says will have “a lot of possible evidence on it,” and it will take quite a bit of time to “go through.” He said he wasn’t sure if it would be done by Tuesday and the Judge gave him a laser beam look that said “it better be!” Nurmi then went on to say the availability of this computer has been limited and blamed the state. Juan stood up to say he has given them any opportunity they needed to examine it. Judge Stephens stated the defense had time to complete this task but would discuss the progress further at a closed hearing on Monday at 1:30pm. At this Monday hearing some motions are going to be brought forth that are “outstanding” so to speak. These are motions from quite awhile ago that haven’t been ruled on and Nurmi would like it handled before opening arguments. Some of these motions are Jodi Arias threatening trial participants, interesting….the alleged pinwheel gate scandal at the jail and yes once again Kirk Nurmi wanting off the case. What the details are on these I don’t know because once again it’s all sealed. To piece together this hearing was like roaming through a maze blind. It was choppy info that we all had to draw off of since a lot of it was from previous sealed proceedings. So, speaking of sealed proceedings that’s when we all got told to leave the courtroom so they could discuss the motion for dismissal of the death penalty behind closed doors. Juan filed a response to Nurmi that was sealed so with that we were outta there. I’ve never used the word “sealed” so much until this trial. Boo.. Hiss.. we are dismissed.
Finally, the new Jodi Arias jury will be sworn in on Tuesday, October 21st at 10am with opening arguments also beginning that day. So, in true fashion we are once again in a holding pattern as we await decisions being made on motions and who this jury is that will decide Jodi Arias’ fate. As I walked out of the courtroom I did notice Jodi Arias looked a little less smiley and little more shell shocked as the clock ticks to the final phase in this long awaited trial. The Alexander family looked serious and ready for this journey they’ve been on to end. When all is said and done there are no winners in this case, hopefully closure for some, and on the other side a new reality. Until Trial Begins! The Trial Diaries