WELL! Now we know what sort of mystery witness for defense can refuse to testify if she can’t do it in a closed proceeding. That would be the damn defendant. Jodi Arias.
Judge Stephens is an idiot.
Based on something posted on twitter, (please click the link) my new guess for the identity of the mysterious mitigation witness is, Dr. Cheryl L. Karp, the Vice-Chairperson for the State of Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners. And it may be the prosecution that is asking for the secrecy. It seems that last time the defense actually objected to Karp being a secret witness. Karp would likely be testifying to Arias’ abuse claims.
I do not believe Karp actually testified last time. I believe she was allowed to just have her report placed into evidence when DeMarte testified for the prosecution. This time, I think the only people objecting to the witness testifying in secret are the media. I believe Karp doesn’t want to be identified for professional reasons. It might blemish her high powered job to be known as the person who provided evidence that benefits Jodi Arias.Karp was the person who reported the most abuse to Jodi Arias.
DeMarte said she reviewed an evaluation of Arias by Dr. Cheryl L. Karp, the Vice-Chairperson for the State of Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners. DeMarte said Arias indicated more episodes of alleged abuse to Dr. Karp than she did to herself and the other defense experts.
“She told me there were four distinct episodes of alleged abuse,” Demarte said of her evaluation of Arias.
Martinez then asked DeMarte how many incidents of alleged abuse Arias recounted to Dr. Karp.
“I can’t even count [them] … there was numerous reports of frequent abuse and threatening behavior,” DeMarte said.
DeMarte said she diagnosed Arias with borderline personality disorder. She also testified she found no evidence to believe Arias’ claims about her memory problems or that she was a victim of domestic violence and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
“There wasn’t symptoms that were consistent with that diagnosis,” she said of the PTSD.
Does this make sense? I am very tired. I didn’t get much sleep last night. Let me know what you think.