Today is a magical day in Pheonix, Arizona. Much like a whale watching trip, where you board the boat and get your cameras ready and hope to get lucky and find a whole pod of whales to delight in. Maybe you will see whales all day. Maybe you will just see a glimpse of what looked like it might have been a whale. Maybe you won’t see a whale at all and you got on the boat for nothing. The last time we had any progress at all in the Jodi Arias Sentencing Trial was last Monday. And then it was suddenly halted and delayed until today. With tomorrow being bottomless Margarita Friday, there will be no court then. So, the best we can hope for this week is to make about nine hours of total weekly progress in the case. Let’s see how it goes.
We begin in the traditional way with two or three sidebars, one very lengthy one before the jury is allowed in. Eventually the jury enters and poor, embattled Dr. Forseca takes the stand. Juan Martinez has not even started taking his whacks at her and she is already showing signs of wear and tear. She greets Nurmi as he thrusts a thick stack of IMs between Jodi and Travis Alexander at her. I am already going to predict more of the same.
In these messages, that occurred just a week before the Jodi killed him on May 26th 2008 , Travis is jealous of Jodi’s interaction on social media. There is a comment she made to someone name Danny that “makes her look like a cheap whore”, according to Travis. He suggests maybe she is “just moving on to the next dick.” At this point she is in California and they are not “together” so I imagine she did move on to the next dick. They are fighting. Forseca says that Travis is abusive and debasing in this conversation. You don’t say. And your point is?
Travis says he has never dealt with a more solid form of evil. Um, point for the prosecution? Travis says, “I hate you..I do realize that I hate you so much you have been more cause of pain than the death of my father.” Nurmis asks if the hate Travis has is more for himself than for Jodi. Martinez objects. He has been objecting a lot this morning. Sidebar. Forseca says that the person who has been misrepresenting himself to the public is Travis. Travis is erotically connected to Jodi.
Travis wrote, ” You are relentless in your torture of people that have loved you and protected you and served you and what do you do? You try to destroy them, you are the lowest of low! You’re sick and evil and knowing you makes me want to kill myself as punishment..I’m so stupid!I don’t even know if you are human.” By all accounts Jodi is whispering and giggling with Willmott during this. Wowsers. But in the IM Jodi’s reply was, ” I am so so sorry. If anyone should it is me. You are light unto this world. I can’t even compare.”
Forseca reads the infamous portion where Travis calls her a three hole wonder, so at least she is good for something. Somehow the fact that Jodi did some editorial work on his book and he gave her no credit is mixed in there. Travis belittles her waitressing job as a slut’s job and talks about giving head for tips. Nurmi wants Forseca to define three hole wonder. Martinez objects. Forseca eventually enlightens the jury because clearly no one could make the inference without professional help.
We move on to more accusations by Travis, she deleted an email to Lisa, she slashed his tires. Jodi responds with, ” I may be a coward, I may be a whore and a liar, but the one thing I’m not is violent. I didn’t slash your tires.” No one believes this. No.One. I think we have all seen how nonviolent she is.
Forseca says that Travis has had suicidal tendencies since his involvement with Jodi. (Or from childhood and Jodi exacerbates them depending on the telling). (Please remember I am recapping the gist of a conglomeration of several different people tweeting from the courtroom. This is not reliable as exact testimony. Also the journalist connected to major networks are all saying they can’t impugn the reputation of their network by tweeting the more graphic parts. Um, really?) Dr. Forseca continues to read the very lengthy IM into evidence. ” Why did you manipulate me into loving you? I was a good guy ! Why did you hate me? What was your objective? What was the point? I was little more than a dildo with a heartbeat to you”
Although this sounds like something the prosecution should be using, and not a defense attorney in the mitigation phase of a sentencing trial, Nurmi is trying to make it seem as though Travis was projecting his character flaws on to Jodi, who was the recipient of his wrath unfairly. I don’t see how this is going to fly. I’d like to repeat again, that Nurmi should have pulled this woman after one day of testimony. She was a good witness for the defense for the first day. But the longer she talks, the worse it gets for Jodi. I suspect though that Nurmi will rehash this witness for the remainder of the day. Tomorrow there is the hearing over all of the laptop allegations from both sides. then I believe they will be off the week of Thanksgiving. He’s just trying to run out the clock today. The overwhelming refrain is that Travis was using Jodi as a sex object and she loved him with the purity of Mother Teresa and it was just to much for the loving girl to handle. She has said this 92 ways so far.
After a morning break the topic moves on Jodi being suicidal. Her IMs at 4 am turn to the whole 13 year old girl there-is-no-reason-to-live crap. This, according to our sexpert, means she was finally beaten down by Travis. She says they both had a sexual addiction to the other. Travis admits he always comes back to her. Um, haven’t we all had at least one toxic relationship that we kept returning to for the sex? I’m pretty damn crazy in my own right but I’ve never slashed anyone’s throat. or stabbed anyone. or shot anyone in the face. I honestly don’t see how this is helping. Maybe all the LDS people will have a different viewpoint?
Martinez has been objection all morning about Forseca diagnosing Travis, a man she has never met. The judge agrees. So when she made the addiction comments Martinez objected again. But in actuality, Jodi says in her IM, “I’m not the only one addicted.” So it’s whatever.
Nurmi put up a graphic showing “the mitigating factors” it was unclear from tweets whether these were the possible choices in Arizona or the ones that Nurmi wants to argue that he has shown.I assume it was the former. Either way, Martinez objects and the list comes down for now. We are back to Forseca pontificating on Jodi’s extreme emotional distress. She’s totally freeballing it now. No IM to read, just rambling on about Jodi being at the end of her rope, and Travis’ “anger issues.” Wait now she is talking about Travis being at “wits end” and his suicidal talk about a noose. I’m starting to regret all of those “Kill me now” jokes when recapping ridiculous reality shows. Perhaps they will be part of a dramatic reading by a defense expert at some point in an attempt to exonerate my murderer!
Finally, Nurmi moves on from the IMs and wants to discuss the day of the murder. Forseca says it was a vicious horrible murder. Martinez is even objecting to this. Why, isn’t that the crux of his position? The cruel and heinous nature of the murder is what qualifies it for the death penalty. #HeavySigh
After lunch, we have the usual sidebar. One tweeter said that Jodi looked distressed after lunch. Jury does eventually come back. Forseca is back on stand. Nurmi says he just has a few more questions. I don’t believe him. Forseca is talking about the day of the murder. A topic she knows fuck all about because she was not there. She says “something happened” yes, dear. First degree murder happened. She refers to the murder as psychological vomit. Martinez objects to it all.
MARTINEZ IS UP! IT’S LIKE CHRISTMAS IF you are deaf and legally blind and can only have the presents described to you. I want my video dammit!
Juan starts listing documents and asking if Forseca has read them. He demands only a yes or no answer. She says she can’t do that. He’s drilling her right out of the gate. Did Jodi lie or did she change her stories? Both. Forseca talks about how Jodi loved Travis right up until “the day he died.” Martinez is cutting her off. Judge instructs him to let her answer. We’ve gone from a rehashing of opinion over and over at a snail’s pace to a boxing match between Juan and Forseca. This old broad is no shrinking LaViolette! She is demanding to be heard and also demanding that he speak up! She says, “Mr Martinez, we’re goiing to go at it, but you’ll have to speak up I can’t hear you.” It’s on like popcon!
Juan is grilling her asking if she knows that the phone the sex talk was recorded on was reported stolen. Nurmi is objecting a lot over priviledged information. Everyone is talking about the “trench war fare” as Martinez and Forseca “go toe to toe.” Sidebar for Nurmi’s objection over privilege. Next question after sidebar, “You have no idea if Travis agreed to have the phone call taped, do you. ” OBJECTION! Sidebar. Juan goes on a rant about Forseca not being able to know motives based on reading documents. She doesn’t know why Jodi taped the sex call. He moves on to how much she is being paid by the defense for the testimony. She says $275 an hour which is on the low end of the expert witness scale.
Juan’s questions were all over the place. It’s an intentional tactic to confuse and agitate the witness. What is your opinion about Jodi’s reaction to being slapped by her father? You said that Jodi suffered in silence, yes or no? Forseca says he is mischaracterizing her testimony which is probably true. He moves rapidly from subject to subject. He’s the Anti-Nurmi! Isn’t it true when her father slapped her, Jodi said, “Fuck You Bill!” The tweeters are having trouble keeping up with the rapid fire pace. That is not suffering in silence is it?
Juan introduces a document into evidence over much objection by Nurmi. It’s a written conversation between Jodi and her brother Carl. Forseca is not sure if she has seen it. Juan asks her who Carlos is. Despite Juan just talking about Jodi’s father being named Bill she replies that Carlos is Jodi’s father. NO! Roars Juan. It’s her brother. And then, Juan asks his favorite question, “You seem to have a problem remembering, don’t you?” BAM! OBJECTION! Approach. Martinez gets Fonseca to admit she has not seen the documents. Juan says her Fuck You reaction would fly in the face of her “suffering in silence claims” so wouldn’t these documents be important? It appears that the two documents are the same but on one the fuck you incident was redacted. Interesting.
We quickly move on to the IM we spent the morning on. Juan talks about the dildo with a heartbeat comment. Which to me implies Travis felt Jodi was using HIM for sex and that is likely where Martinez is going but Forseca is looking for the line in the document. She’s not responding because she hasn’t found it. Juan objects (non-responsive). Objection sustained. Nurmi objects….to the sustainment? I think it was just ignored. Because, Arizona. Then Juan asks her to restate her Jodi characterizations. She says she doesn’t know what he is asking. He asks her if he ever heard of Jodi being described as being “in heat.” OBJECTION YOUR HONOR! Move to strike! Sidebar.
Juan moves on to another document Forseca has never seen. He asks if that would change her opinion about Travis being “just a piece of meat.” The document is not displayed to the court. No one really knows what the document says. It’s apparently work product between defense attorney and client. Forseca says this isn’t the type of things that she normally sees. Martinez’s long arc is that the defense showed the witness what the defense wanted to show the witness in order to get the testimony they wanted.
On to Forseca’s description of Jodi’s previous relationships as “stable.” Juan says doesn’t the evidence show that Jodi hopped from one man to the next? Is that stable? Forseca again says he is mischaracterizing her testimony. Juan says “Hang on let me get you a document…” OBJECTION! SIDEBAR! VERY LONG SIDEBAR. Juan wins. He shows her the document which she wants to review. She says she would have definitely taken the information into consideration. I’m thinking it has something to do with her stalking history. Nurmi is sulking and we go to break.
We returned from a ten minute break on time for the first time in the history of court. Juan shows Forseca an email from Jodi to Travis. OBJECTION! sidebar. The date of the email is Feb 14, 2007 This is when they eventually retroactively decided they were official at some point. “Travis, I’m sorry that the last few days have been so frustrating for you…” Juan points out that Forseca doesn’t know when Jodi and Travis started dating. She said she would have to have her notes and she does not. Juan asked if anyone stopped her from bringing her notes. Yes or No she starts to talk without a yes or no and Juan objects as non responsive. In this email from TWO WEEKS after they began dating, Jodi is apologizing for her “destructive anger” (her words). Jodi says she has kicked holes in walls, kicked down doors, Juan is pointing out she came into the relationship fucked up. Forseca says she did not put these things in her opinion. Juan asks, “Are you omniscient?” She asks him what the word means. He rephrases and asks if she can read minds. She says she wishes she was. Sidenote: The word ‘omniscient’ showed the bell curve of IQs recapping from court. I’m not sure where my mind wandering to Dumbledore puts me on the curve. And btw, mind reader really isn’t a synonym, Martinez. Forseca seems to think that Jodi’s violent past is not relevant to her expert witness opinion given in court. She says the kicking incident could have occurred all at one time and might not constitute a pattern. Juan points out a reference to Jodi waking up feeling bad and calling her ex Darryl. Fonseca said it was about their mortgage. Juan has her tell the jury that she got all of her documents from the defense and none from the prosecution. She adds on that she would have reviewed any documents the prosecution wanted to give her.
Juan moves on to other text messages. Jodi was getting dressed for a sexual encounter. The spiderman underwear is mentioned. As is a school girl outfit. Jodi talks about “waxing her pussy” and the tweeters vary greatly in the modesty of detail. lol. Either this was about the photoshoot or we have moved on to Travis talking about the photoshoot. Nurmi Objects! Sidebar for quite a while. Six PM comes. Still at sidebar.
After sidebar, court is adjourned until 9:30 on Monday. Really? we are going to have some court next week? Forseca has questions about document. Judge will address them on Monday.
There will be a hearing tomorrow morning about the porn or virus debate tomorrow morning. Hopefully they will do the laptop debate over Presario or Dell tomorrow as well. But don’t count on it because….Arizona.
P.S. This court photographer is no Red Huber (Orlando Sentinel) Nary a photo of Juan today. Nothing after lunch. Only the top photo is from today. Because, Arizona. #Sigh