The square wheels of Arizona justice continued to thud along today in the Jodi Arias trial. When last we left off, Nurmi had convinced Judge Stephens to seal the courtroom from the public and allow a mystery mitigation witness for the defense to testify to the jury in secret. Then we found out that the secret witness was Jodi Arias herself. Because, Arizona. So the media was all a flutter and decided to file a motion to appeal Judge Stephens decision to throw everyone out of the courtroom.
Today Jodi showed up in her finest virginal white shirt with her hair pulled back to testify again. The jury showed up. Everyone showed up. Except the attorneys for both sides and the media. They were down the street for the appeal at the appellate court. So the jury was sent away until 3:15 their time. You know so they could come back for a full 45 minute day. Because, Arizona.
Meanwhile in appellate court the attorney for the media argued in front of three appellate judges. His primary argument was based on the United States Constitution. Blah, blah, blah, public trial, blah blah blah the great state of Arizona paying millions of dollars for this shit show and there is no basis for secrecy. The attorneys were limited to ten minutes per side. Very efficient. Martinez and Nurmi were on the same side. Martinez just wants to get on with it. It’s been six years. Nurmi says he doesn’t like the media tweeting out the proceedings as they happen and then running out of court to report on the trial. OH THE HUMANITY! The judges reacted to all the attorneys as they were speaking. They seemed to find not merit in Nurmi’s plea. Nurmi says he gets death threats every day, the judges said that is part of the job. Nurmi pretended he had more than one intimidated witness, when in actuality it was just Jodi, in my estimation. The judges took it all under advisement and promised a decision in the afternoon.
And amazingly, they actually came back with a verdict in a timely manner. And the verdict was in favor of the media. Specifically, they stayed Judge Stephens order. That means she has to let the media back in. But there was a second part that gave her the right to take lesser measures to insure the safety of witnesses.
So every went back to the regular courtroom, the media was let in, the photog took the above picture of Jodi’s witness look, the jury came in and…SIDEBAR. Say it with me now….because, Arizona. Judge Stephens and Nurmi and Martinez are confused about the appellate order. What does lessor steps me? Lots of head scratches. The jury is sent home until 10 am Wednesday. Tomorrow afternoon they will apparently be asking the appellate court for further explanation. I have a feeling Nurmi wants to ban live tweeting for Jodi’s testimony. I think the judges intention was ordering that cameras be off. However, I’m not sure the appellate judges realize the witness is Jodi. Because, Arizona.
So Nurmi said he had no witnesses to put on today and could not move forward and everyone went home. It was a complete place of a clean white shirt and half pony tail.