No matter how badly things are going for you, you can always take solace in the fact that you are not Kirk Nurmi. Nurmi was the court appointed lead counsel for Jodi Arias in her trial for the murder of Travis Alexander. It’s no secret Nurmi and Arias have butted head for the past several years. Jodi has tried to fire him on repeated occasions. Nurmi has begged to be replaced on several occasions. Judge Stevens has refused to allow it. Now that Arias is acting as her own lead counsel, Nurmi and Willmott her previous attorneys will be acting solely as her legal advisors. Nurmi is hoping that this will finally give him a chance to jump ship. He has told Judge Stevens on several occasions that the two do not agree on their defense strategy.
Sadly, for Nurmi, I expect Stephens to deny his motion and force him to stay the course. My reason for thinking this is that Arias represented herself previously at the very beginning of her case. She drafted several of her own motions and all of them were denied. She then asked for her attorneys a back and that was granted. Should Jodi change her mind again, it could be argued that Nurmi’s ethical obligations would require him to complete the second sentencing hearing.
Jury Selection is expected to begin on September 8th. However, if you are new to the case, don’t hold your breath. This Maricopa County case is known for its frequent delays, postponements and temper tantrums from the murder.
Arias, 34, is supposed to start picking a new jury Sept. 8. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens approved Arias’ motion to represent herself, and appointed Nurmi and his second-chair attorney, Jennifer Willmott, as her legal advisers for the upcoming trial.
Nurmi had asked to be removed from the case in 2011, but another judge denied the motion. With Friday’s filing, Nurmi asks for reconsideration because the situation has changed.
In his motion he noted that the earlier judge told him he had an ethical obligation to stay on the case. But now that he is merely advisory counsel, he wrote, “his ethical obligations to Ms. Arias are lessened to the point where these ethical obligations are of significantly lesser import.”
He also pointed out that Arias has repeatedly tried to fire him from the case.
On Monday, Nurmi told Stephens that he and Arias did not agree on defense strategy for the upcoming retrial.
Do you guys think Judge Stephens should cut Nurmi loose? Do you think she will?