It’s finally time for another day in the Jodi Arias Trial. When we last met, last Thursday, we ended with the Judge and the attorneys meeting in chambers with each of the jurors individually. The defense was unhappy that prosecutor Juan Martinez was posing for pictures and signing autographs on the courthouse steps. The concern was that one or more jurors may have seen this behavior and been influenced by the public support for Martinez specifically and the prosecution in general. As a result of that questioning the defense entered a motion on Sunday requesting a mistrial due to prosecutorial misconduct. The defense seems to know that is not going to happen so they asked for what they really wanted, Juror 5 to be dismissed from the jury. Because the jury interviews are under seal, we have no idea what Juror 5 told the court, but one assumes that the juror was at some point in front of the courthouse at the same time that Martinez was mugging for the cameras. In addition, the defense claims in its motion that Juror 5 has engaged in misconduct that has affected more than one juror and is no longer a fair and impartial member of the jury. The implication is that Juror 5 has determined Arias to be guilty and no longer open to being objective when presented further testimony.
My guess is that Juror 5 will be excused from the jury, and the jury will get a lecture and the trial will continue after some sort of delay. Trial is set to resume at 9:30 Arizona time which is 12:30 EDT. After the jury issue is resolved we will be down to a 17 juror pool from which to select the 12 that will deliberate. Alyce LaViolette, a defense witness and domestic violence expert will continue her testimony today.
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