Jodi Arias asked Judged Sherry Stephens for a continuance today in a Maricopa County courtroom. It is her first motion since Judge Stevens granted her petition to act as her own attorney last Monday. The following Wednesday, Jodi’s former lead counsel Kirk Nurmi asked the court for an order allowing him to be removed from his advisory role because he and Arias do not agree on the defense strategy and “a completely fractured relationship between counsel and defendant now exists.”
Today Jodi expressed frustration over not being able to interview her expert witnesses while in jail.She claims the jail will not allow her expert witness in to evaluate her. Nurmi also reiterated his desire to be released from his advisory role and Jodi said if the judge granted the request she would no longer appear pro se and would relinquish the role to Jennifer Willmott. Wait, whut? She has been trying to fire Nurmi for years. I say let him go and let Willmott handle it. However, I am not sure if Willmott is death case certified and I believe she is required to have two attorneys in a death penalty case in Arizona.
So YAY it’s already a clusterfuck!
It was Arias’ first appearance on her own behalf, and in a barely audible voice she expressed her frustrations in trying to interview witnesses and file motions while locked in a Maricopa County jail. She asked for a delay to the trial, which is scheduled to start jury selection Sept. 8, because she has been unable to interview one of her expert witnesses.
Prosecutor Juan Martinez was testy; he hadn’t read Arias’ motions. He dropped one of his own on Arias’ table. And he questioned who Arias’ witnesses would be. He didn’t get an answer.
She spoke softly while seated at a defense table alongside the two lawyers, one of whom occasionally whispered in her ear.
Arias asked for the delay to give her time to interview an expert witness she plans to call to testify and to review evidence.
Prosecutor Juan Martinez vehemently objected, noting the case has dragged on long enough. He said the ruling that allowed Arias to represent herself also said there would be no delays.
“She agreed to those terms,” Martinez told the judge.
Arias has tried to fire Nurmi several times, and he has sought to get off the case in the past after frequent clashes with Arias over strategy.
In response to his latest request, Arias told the judge that she would no longer serve as her own attorney and would allow her other lawyer, Jennifer Willmott, to argue the case if Nurmi was permitted to quit.
“As far as I know, he has not done anything” lately to assist in the defense, Arias told the judge.
Arguments were then closed to the media and public, and it was not immediately clear if the judge issued a ruling.
The prosecutor and defense attorneys left court without comment.
A hearing is set for Aug. 22 on Arias’ motion to postpone the retrial.