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Jodi Arias' Arrogance Evident From New Media Interviews

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One would think that a person convicted of first degree murder and waiting to hear whether they will be sentenced to death would be solemn and silently hopeful. Then again, we've never come across the likes of Jodi Ann Arias before.  Arias, shortly after delivering her allocution to the jury via a PowerPoint presentation was returned to the Estrella jail in Phoenix and promptly began what is expected to be a flurry of media interviews.  Are you kidding me? Why is this happening? Why did Judge Sherry Stephens lift the media ban for this convicted murderer? Aren't her attorneys complaining about the excessive media coverage as grounds for a mistrial?

My shock and outrage is beyond words. I suppose we could blame the media for feeding into Arias' ego by eagerly sitting down and talking to this woman, or we could lay blame with the public. Like a automobile accident, the wreckage is horrific yet you can't look away.  I would have hoped the media would shut Arias down, much like they did with Casey Anthony when the public vowed to not allow Anthony or her family to receive money for interviews, photographs or anything else relating to the death of little Caylee. The public in that case vowed to boycott any media outlet that dealt with the Anthony family. Why isn't the same thing happening now?

The way in which Jodi Arias has handled herself since her arrest is nearly as shocking as her crime.  In her latest interview last night with the Associated Press, she publicly denounced prosecutor Juan Martinez's portrayal of her as someone who sought fame and the spotlight - funny, coming from the woman who demanded hair and makeup products be provided to her for the very interview she sat for. Attorney Jennifer Willmott told the jury yesterday how low Jodi's self esteem was, saying she has "no ego"! Really? No ego or self esteem?  She seems perfectly happy as long as those cameras are rolling and the focus is squarely on her.  She is still alleging to be a victim in this trial. 

I haven't seen the entire interview yet, but as predicted she's already pointing the (broken) finger at her attorneys, throwing them under the bus along with her mother and father. It must be getting crowded under that bus! She repeated her self-serving statement about her desire to avoid a trial, hoping instead to have plead guilty to second degree murder which carries a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison.  Yeah, it's the state of Arizona's fault they didn't make that deal?  In this country, we don't plea bargain to avoid trials. I'm certain a plea deal would have saved the taxpayers a boatload of cash, but a plea deal would not have given Travis Alexander or his family the justice he so deeply deserves.

Arias insists that her attorneys let her down by failing to call at least three witnesses who allegedly saw bruising around her neck from the alleged choking incident. Notice I'm using allegedly a lot, that's because I don't believe she was choked and I never will. She's already saying she did not receive a fair trial and blames the media and her attorneys, among others. She said last night that her attorneys felt a little "betrayed and blindsided" by her post-conviction interview but gave her their blessing for last night's interview - warning her to be cautious! Arias was evasive when asked about her conflicting stories and cited possible appeals for her non-answers in certain areas.

Arias said that she wishes she never met Travis Alexander - yes, I'm sure he wishes he never met her too. She firmly believes had she never met Travis, she would now be a "happily married woman with children, good finances and a successful wedding photography business".  No, she doesn't have an ego or self esteem.  This case has sickened me to the point where I can hardly stand to watch anything related to Jodi Arias anymore.  I want to hear the sentencing, and I pray that justice will prevail.  But I've really heard enough of Arias self-serving statements about all of the good she can still do - she said yesterday in court that her previous claims of wanting the death penalty "lacked perspective".  That may be the biggest understatement of them all. 

Throughout the trial we have heard Jodi Arias, her attorneys and their experts talking about Jodi's death wish and the numerous suicide threats. A week ago she made the same claims, since that's all we have heard coming out of her mouth, it seems more likely that those claims were made for the sole purpose of garnering sympathy and not a sincere wish to be dead. She has played the jury, she has played the public and she's playing the media still.  Her continued assault on Travis Alexander is unforgivable. She's still attacking him, with her veiled statements and her "Survivor" t-shirt.

Also concerning:  Jennifer Willmott & Kirk Nurmi have made pleas to the judge that the jury isn't seeing "the whole picture" in the mitigation phase.  I happen to agree with that statement in that the jury hasn't seen how Arias has really been spending her time behind bars.  I understand, it would be "too prejudicial" for them to know most of this stuff, but I truly believe it could make a legitimate difference on what they sentence her to.  They have no idea that Arias has been making money selling her "art" (some appear to be simple tracings of magazine ads), they have no idea of the snide comments that Arias has been tweeting from behind bars, they have no idea of all of the money she has pocketed for commissary items and funds that have been funneled to her family for travel expenses - and the biggest deception of all, yesterday she told that jury 100% of the proceeds from sales of those Survivor t-shirts was going to non-profit domestic violence organizations! As early as last week, Arias' art website said "a PORTION" of the proceeds would be donated.  That may mean 1% for all we know.  How is the jury supposed to make an informed decision about this woman's integrity and her life when they don't have the whole picture?

I honestly believe if Arias is given life, she will continue to torture the Alexander family with these activities and God knows what else.  I am saddened that Travis never had a trial, he never had the benefit of legal counsel or a jury - he was simply executed.  That's exactly what she did to him, yet she's crying foul because the jury simply rejected her far fetched stories during her 18 day testimony under oath.  She will blame everybody around her, she will blame the system, her attorneys and her parents. She accepted very little responsibility for her horrendous actions. Very little.  And the thing that angers me the most is that we will probably hear a number of additional interviews before this thing is over, feeding into her enormous ego and this is making her far too important. If Arias and her attorneys are so concerned about her case being tried in the media, why does she keep seeking out the media for interviews?  She can't have it both ways!

What, if anything can we do?  We can collectively vow to not watch these interviews, we can vow not to read any book she or her family writes and we can vow to never spend one red cent on anything remotely related to Jodi Arias. I have no idea how many interviews Arias has lined up, but the AP article I just read said that Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office reported they went well into the night. Here is the link to that article:

While the jury weighs the punishment Jodi Arias will receive, I pray the decision they make will bring a little sense of relief to Travis' family and friends.  While I understand that people make mistakes and I truly believe in forgiveness and mercy, and every life has value and most people have redeeming qualities that make it difficult to vote for a death sentence - I hope the jury remembers that Travis' life had value too. I have no doubt that he had much to offer to the world before Jodi Arias decided he didn't deserve forgiveness or mercy. His life was worth sparing. 

How long will it take for the jury to decide life or death for Jodi Arias? Will this jury be able to reach a unanimous verdict, or will there be another hung jury?  What do you think she deserves, and what do you think the jury will decide? If she's given a life sentence, how do you think the other inmates will react to her? Did Arias come across like she was a better class of inmate than the other poor illiterate women in prison?  I thought her words to the jury sounded more like a campaign speech, complete with prison reform initiatives and the promises of book clubs, art lessons and recycling programs to create jobs.  All of this from the woman who just last week said she prefers a death sentence to life in prison. Just goes to show that she really hadn't come to terms with the fact that the jury found her guilty and she wasn't going to be going home any time soon.

What are your thoughts? 

28 comments:

  1. I for one will not watch any of her interviews. The only ones that will are going to be those who aren't really following it all like we are. I am praying she gets death so she will have to be alone.
    Cheryl

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  2. I certainly hope this jury is strong enough to give her the death penalty. That would be true justice.

    What's really insane is her thinking any battered woman would wear a t-shirt that says "Survivor" advertising the fact they were in an abusive relationship. Who would want to admit to that openly? Sheesh! If she was truly battered she would know that most survivors don't want any constant reminders of the abuse.

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    1. Great point Anon! No truly battered woman would buy that shirt. I think she should make them for men and donate one to Darrell Brewer and Ryan Burns.

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  3. Hi Sue!

    I've been meaning to tell you for months now how much your comments have resonated with me.

    I posted this link on 5/20 when I first discovered the slashing gesture. I'm copying my comment:

    I had heard that JA had done the throat slit gesture after Samantha’s VIS but I had not personally seen it until just NOW! Mickee D caught it and there is absolutely NO doubt how intentional that gesture is. She is true EVIL personified!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfP7xuPd-L8

    The gesture is at 36:04 but start it about 10 seconds prior to get the context. Unbelievable. She scares the livin' daylights out of me.

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  4. We have been watching and reading the latest Jodi interviews....
    The interviews are just too WEIRD to not watch!
    Jodi has bats in her belfry and always has somthing up her sleeve.

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  5. I found it interesting that she told the female interviewer, when asked what she was expecting to happen when she drove all that way to see Travis that night, Jodi responded "just to hang out, the usual thing, have fun, talk" (loosely quoting here!). For someone who claims Travis had strangled her before, kicked her in the ribs and broken her finger that's not the response an abused woman would have. Abused women walk on eggshells, always afraid to anger or inflame their abuser...they don't say "Oh ya know, the usual". But, we KNOW her abuse claims are lies.

    I'm with you My Forte, I'm done watching her interviews and don't even know why I tortured myself with these last two. If she gets LWOP and continues with them, I think the public will get as angry with these media outlets as they did during the CA aftermath.

    Great post, as usual!

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    1. Wow I wish the jury could have known about and considered what you mentioned. Its proof right there in her own words that Travis was not in any way abusive.
      Darn.

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  6. Jodi Arias’ former boyfriend doesn’t want her to die

    Darryl Brewer feels Jodi Arias can pay the price for her horrible crime with life in prison

    Exclusive Interview

    http://www.azcentral.com/video/2397493502001

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    1. Darryl aggravates the HECK out of me! Under oath Juan had to literally DRAG the truth out of him that Jodi had TOLD him that she was on her way to Mesa!!! Darryl had originally told a defense investigator that all IMPORTANT FACT years ago and through discovery Juan was made aware of it.

      Yet, 2 days ago in his extensive interview in Mesa, without the reporter even ASKING, Darryl specifically stated that he had no idea that JODI WAS ON HER WAY TO MESA!!!!

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    2. I have a theory as to why the defense acted like Darryl *would* testify in the Mitigation Phase and then they CHOSE to NOT call him even though he was in Mesa last week and again on Monday & Tues. He had done the interview on Monday and was in the courtroom yesterday. My belief is that they knew that Juan had proof of his lying in his prior testimony for the defense. If you remember, Juan asked him a few times WHY Jodi drove 2 hrs back to his house after leaving after having breakfast with him & his son Jack. Jodi's testimony was that she had to return his DVD clicker/remote control. Juan asked her HOW it had gotten into her car???? She had no answer. I have always believed that the DVD player that had "disappeared" from her grandparents home during the "fake" robbery where their 25 gun also went missing was given to Darryl by Jodi.

      Chris Stark believes that the DVD was exchanged with Darryl for the gas cans. I'm not sure about that but I do believe that she gave it to him.

      There HAS to be a reason why the state of AZ paid for his round trip air fair, hotel and food last week and AGAIN this week and that the defense refused to put him on the stand. Maybe it was all calculated once the defense realized last week after Juan uncovered all the *issues* that PP had and decided to allow him back to Mesa JUST to get his testimony out there through the media ONLY. I've been suspicious of this since last week BUT what convinced me was the snippet of one of her interviews from last night that was played on HLN today - - The reporter asked her why in the world her mother did not testify for her. JA stated that Nurmi TOLD her that it would be a huge problem because Juan could play the Interrogation Video with Det Flores with both parents!!! The defense and Jodi NEVER wanted the jury to KNOW that she had been a HUGE problem to them since she was a young teenager. They wanted to hide at all costs that she had kicked a dog that then disappeared, verbally and physically abusive to both parents, acting out and physically violent behavior identified as a young teenager.

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    3. Wow. I wish the jury could have heard about this DVD scenario. I had never heard about this until you mentioned it NancyB, and I absolutely believe your theory.
      Its just sickening. I think the jury would have had a much easier time coming to a consensus on say, the death penalty, had they heard about this.

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  7. When she talked about her family I only thought about Travis' family.

    When she asked for mercy I only thought that Travis didn't receive mercy.

    When she talked about all the good she could do I only thought about all the good Travis could have done.

    So far the jury has seemed to see her as I/we do and I feel they will give her the Death Penalty.

    No more interviews, no more contact, a very limited shortened life.

    Sonja

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    1. Sonja - your thought are my thoughts! I heart you.

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    2. NancyB - :))

      I am so glad to have this place with such thoughtful, reasonable people such as yourself.

      Sonja

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  8. Exclusive: Darryl Brewer on Arias: "She's unrecognizable to me now"

    In an exclusive interview, Jodi Arias' ex-boyfriend Darryl Brewer says Jodi is "unrecognizable" to him from when they dated years ago.

    http://www.azcentral.com/video/#/Exclusive%3A+Darryl+Brewer+on+Arias%3A+%22She%27s+unrecognizable+to+me+now%22/2397257482001

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    1. Well, she looks pretty crappy without makeup on.

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  9. Does anyone know what the policy is on prisoners and interviews? How is she able to do so many interviews and dictate things. Isn't this murderer a prisoner? Doesn't she only get a few hrs a week of visitations?

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    1. Because Arpaio has an open door policy for all criminals in Maricopa County. Being such a media loving hound himself but the decision of this judge to lift her stay and allow this HAS hurt the sanctity of this case. I never intend to watch another trial from AZ!!! I've never seen a case where in a week's time barely 8-10 hrs of court time accomplished. Totally dysfunctional, in my opinion.

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    2. It is pretty disgusting. The whole circus. Justice would be to see that smug look wiped off her face

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    3. NancyB,
      SOOO true, court started late nearly every day and many cancellations due to defense shenanigans - no consideration for the jurors etc., yet she can stay up til midnight IN JAIL DOING INTERVIEWS?? That's what I heard, they went until almost midnight!

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  10. I am SO devastated that the jury hasn't reached a unanimous decision. My heart aches for the family. I'm praying they will reach a decision by the end of the day, I cannot imagine having to go thru this again.

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    1. First time that I have EVER disagreed with Beth Karas, who is one of my heroes BUT now I vigorously am disagreeing with BK! NOOOO, Juan should NOT take death off the table to SAVE MONEY as she just SAID!!!!!!!!!!

      I PRAY that this jury if not unanimous for death then they go with can’t decide (mistrial)because it is just WRONG to give her life. Beth Karas just described the jury’s question and I’m very nervous.

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  11. Why do you keep talking?
    Well, because I know that I'm not just -- I've lied before. That doesn't mean I'm a liar by definition, by character.

    Transcript for Jodi Arias Feels 'Betrayed' By Jury
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    Video interview

    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/jodi-arias-interview-2013-arias-calls-reporter-hater-19231549?tab=9482931&section=4765066

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    1. Oops I just put this link up again. I missed that it was here.

      Sue

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  12. Yes, My Forte! The jury should have the whole, complete picture. For starters, let them see all the interviews from last night! I have a feeling this decision would be a lot easier for them. Grrr. She is still as shallow as she ever was.

    Here is a link to ABC ....love that the interviewer basically slams her for the make-up and not wanting to show her jail pants....as he is showing the jail pants. Can't help but smile about that one. ; )

    Sue

    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/t/video/jodi-arias-interview-2013-arias-calls-reporter-hater-19231549?tab=9482931&section=1206833&ref=http%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FJKwCCmmO4o

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    1. Sue - Ryan Owens was the only one who called her on anything! Like when are you ever going to tell the truth about what happened? Awesome! Her reaction tells all! I posted in another thread that she then called him a hater and then tweeted beware of reporters "with nice smiles"! She actually included that flirt with her insult! She is really out of her mind.

      Thanks for the link, I wanted to watch his whole interview of JA.

      Sonja

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  13. I will be quite happy to see her get LWOP. I know a lot of people feel that justice will not be done if they just imprison her for life rather than executing her, but if she gets the death penalty she will have a continuing stage and far more in the way of legal resources to draw on. It will be appeal after appeal with her resurfacing in the news every two years or so. Put her in a steel box and forget about her. -- Chris

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