At last, sanity prevails! A 3 judge panel at the State Appeals Court ruled that the media and public be let back in to the Jodi Arias penalty phase retrial, over ruling Judge Sherry Stephens decision last week to allow at least one defense witness to testify outside of the presence of the public and the media. Judge Stephens closed the court room to the public and media last Thursday at the request of the defense, a move that raised many eyebrows and angered others. Who is the witness?
Lead defense attorney Kirk Nurmi continues to argue that many, if not all of their mitigation witnesses are reluctant to testify publicly out of fear of the repercussions for supporting Arias. Hmm. Something smells fishy to me. If you are a supporter of Arias and if you are telling the truth, why be so afraid of the public hearing your testimony? This is no witch hunt, Jodi Arias has already been convicted to I don't see why this person or persons would be afraid to be heard.
It's not like standing up to defend Charles Manson or some other mass murderer. You either believe she is worthy of living and should not be put to death or you don't. Even murderers have friends and family who love and support them even after they have committed an act they could never have imagined them committing. I don't believe my mom or my sister would be capable of killing somebody, but if there were circumstances that led them to I'd still love them, support them and I certainly would not be afraid to testify to the reasons why they should be granted life. What gives?
I know I'm late in posting all of this because my computer is in the process of crashing, and I haven't had the time to get it fixed so logging in has become somewhat of a time consuming task but one of the more appalling things I've read about recently was that Sandy and Bill Arias had posted a video via You Tube asking people for money to use to obtain "the best possible legal counsel" to handle Arias' eventual appeal(s). I hear the video was taken down within 2 days, without explanation but that doesn't surprise me at all. Jodi Arias seems to have no boundaries whatsoever in the lengths she is willing to go to in order to get people to give her money! I'd be willing to bet that she's gathered more money while sitting in the Estrella jail that she made as a free working member of society. That's just plain wrong, especially given the fact that had she not butchered a well loved and respected man 6 years ago, nobody would know who the hell Jodi Arias was - let alone would they be purchasing her wares.
We have a convicted murderer skirting the Son of Sam Laws and selling everything from "artwork" to eyeglasses to t-shirts and wristbands, shamelessly claiming to be a domestic abuse survivor and trying to attach her name to as many charitable causes as she can while lining her own pockets and her commissary with money and nobody seems to be doing anything to stop her. Can somebody please make her stop? She SHOULD be facing an audit by the IRS and I truly hope that a letter makes it's way to the Internal Revenue Service and Arizona Tax Board begging them to take a look at this tax dodging inmate before the money has been laundered or spent. Whatever happened to the old Tweet that claimed that she would file for bankruptcy but didn't have enough money to do so? I've heard estimates that she's raked in well over $35,000.00 but I'd bet she's received more than that. There's nobody watching so her hand will remain in the cookie jar as long as she's allowed to.
Hey Jodi, how about giving those funds back to the taxpayers who are footing the bill for your $2.5 million dollar defense (and counting)? How about giving some of that money to the victims family? Do you think your family is the only ones who have suffered financial loss from this long and drawn out court battle? Let this all be over with. Whether she gets life or death, just let it be done. I'm sure Jodi Arias will reinvent herself while in prison, get herself a hobby card and continue to sell her murderabilia and keep herself stocked with commissary items. There are many that would argue she doesn't deserve to live in prison, rather she should be sent to Death Row where she may spend the next several decades but maybe that's what justice calls for in this case. I've heard Arias talking about how long the case will drag on if she's given the death penalty due to the automatic appeals, and wouldn't it just be easier for everybody involved to send her off to prison and forget it all happened?
Travis Alexander has already waited more than 6 years for his killer to be brought to justice. There shouldn't be any shortcuts along the way. It may be cheaper and easier to sentence her to life, but does that punishment fit this crime? I only wish we could hear what's happening in that courtroom. I get the feeling Jodi Arias is STILL trying to sell her self defense story to this new jury, despite the fact that this trial is not about that. Another jury already made that decision, but she doesn't seem to be willing or able to let that go. Of all of her websites, I think the "Justice4Jodi" site is the one that's the hardest to swallow. Think about it, justice for Jodi? What injustice has been done to her? Does she really consider herself to be the victim in this tragedy? What does "justice" look like to Jodi Arias? A walk or acquittal is what she was banking on. She claimed that "no jury would convict me, you can mark my words on that", guess what - she was wrong. I don't know that she ever considered there would be ramifications for the murder because she never planned on getting caught. She thought she had the perfect alibi.
Justice4Jodi, really? Soon enough, we will all find out what justice is in store for her. It won't be long now until we know how this all ends. It's been a sickening thing to watch, the absolute horror of the actual killing and the string of lies Arias was caught in and even more she told that can't be proven false. I can think of few things that are worse than a person cashing in on the death of another person when that death came at their own hands. It's truly despicable. And her "abusive and unsupportive" parents seem to be right there along side of her now. So what was it, were they uncaring, neglectful parents who dished our corporal punishment that scarred her and effected all of her future relationships or are they parents who loved their out of control teenage daughter who rebelled regardless of what actions they took? Why won't they testify for their daughter? Why won't one single member of the Arias family get on that witness stand for mitigation? Or are they this time around?
I also am highly suspicious of Maria de la Rosa and her relationship with Jodi Arias - her name has come up one too many times as being associated with Arias' auctions and PayPal accounts. Not to mention being caught red-handed smuggling out Arias' murderabilia/artwork after a jailhouse visit. Talk about conflicts of interest! Where is the bar association on all of this? Do they have an internal affairs office or some type of compliance or watchdog department to investigate these allegations? MDLR got paid six figures for NOT putting on a mitigation case during the trial in chief. Wasn't that enough income? Why would she be willing to jeapordize her career for Jodi Arias? It's all highly suspicious and unscrupulous. Perhaps Jodi Arias isn't so fond of Kirk Nurmi because maybe Nurmi wised up to the type of client he is representing. The whole cast of characters is something to think about.
What should never be forgotten through all of this murky water Arias has created is that a young man with a promising future was snuffed out in the prime of his life. From all accounts, Travis Alexander was somebody that many many people looked up to and he inspired those around him to be better people and live life with purpose. Sure, Jodi Arias made certain that his name was muddied and people found out he seemingly was leading a double life of sorts in that he had strayed beyond his Mormon faith around sex before marriage. That's not a crime, and it seems that Travis punished himself for those lapses and was trying to make a change - keeping Jodi Arias out of his life was the start and sadly the finish for him. Who knows what he'd be doing now if he had not been butchered in his own home only days before he was to embark on a trip to Cancun with another woman who may have been a better match with his personal and religious beliefs.
Travis Alexander did not deserve to be murdered. Nobody does, but had Travis not met Jodi Arias at that convention all those years ago, he would be alive and well today. The Alexander family has suffered a loss so great that his brother still has nightmares about him being killed. He can't take a shower without locking the door. There is an empty chair at family gatherings and holidays and forever will be empty. Travis' chair. And for what? Out of jealousy, rage, lust or revenge? We may never know the whole truth. We know what forensic evidence there is and THANK GOD for that memory card in the camera. The bloody palm print and hair helped too, but Jodi Arias can be very convincing when she needs to be. That memory card told a story, a story she could not get out of. Even when confronted with her own date stamped photo in Travis' bed on the day he was murdered, she tried to lie her way out of it. "Are you sure that's me"?
That's all for now. Will have to catch up on my reading because I don't know what's going on now. Last I heard, the media and public were back in per the State Court of Appeals and the trial was postponed until 11/12/14. Is the mystery witness finished testifying? How much testimony was given while the courtroom was closed? How many of Nurmi's witnesses will refuse to testify if the public are allowed in the courtroom? This is definitely a case for the law books. It has to be one of the most outrageous court trials in Arizona history. What do you think? Did the 3 judge panel make the right call in allowing the public and media back into the courtroom? Will Nurmi fold, as he did in the first penalty trial when things didn't go their way? Will this end in another deadlocked jury, leaving it up to Judge Stephens to decide whether Jodi Arias has the possiblity for release after serving 25 years?
I hope not.