I’m reverting back to living on west coast time, eating lunch with the Arias jury and staying up too late. We are back and Geffner is talking about PTSD. I’m pretty sure she has it, FROM VICIOUSLY MURDERING HER SEX PARTNER. I don’t see how they can seriously try to attribute that to any prior trauma. You can’t give a test for PTSD now and prove that she had it prior to her murderous rampage. I’m sure Juan will point that out. There are lots of charts and graphs but no photog has shown up today. I’m almost as upset about that as Jodi.
Geffner continues to go over MMPI(2) results which I say are meaningless when done after the murder. I’m pretty sure her “extremely low self-esteem” is impacted by sitting in prison for murder. I know I’d think less of myself in that situation. Geffner says that according to his assessment of the assessment, Jodi is submissive and eager to please others. Geffner is laughing on the stand. I assume maybe he is nervous. Tweeters pointing out the inappropriateness of laughing during a death penalty sentencing trial.
Geffner says Jodi has subjective depression that affects her body, feels apathetic, not much energy, brooding. Um so does half of the US population in general and nearly everyone in prison. What is the point of this? How is this in anyway mitigating? She certainly didn’t have any of that when she loaded up the car, dyed her hair, and set off to commit premeditated murder. I have depression and low energy and apathy and I can tell you I can barely be arsed to drive to the store to buy wine to self-medicate with let alone drive hundreds of miles with a new hairdo to brutally murder someone. That’s not watch bored, anxious, depressed, apathetic people do. We sit on the couch and write crappy blog entries. We drink wine and shop on the Internet. We nap. We consider walking the dog but rarely do. I should be called by the prosecution as an expert witness.
Geffner says he can’t confirm a personality disorder based on this batch of assessments. Her main coping disorder is disassociating. She blocks out traumatic situations. Um, isn’t that a pretty common coping mechanism.
For the remainder of the afternoon, Geffner went through series of assessment given over the years that Jodi has been incarcerated. There was very little change over the years. Her anger levels have increased, her suicide levels have decreased but neither category was significantly high to start with.
The test for malingering (trying to effect the outcome of the test) showed that she answered her questions truthfully. Or else she is really good at taking the test for malingering. Her own attorney began his case in chief by saying she is a lying liar who lies a lot.
And that was the afternoon session. The media were bored. The jury was bored. Everyone was bored. And tomorrow is expected to be more of the same.