Last week there was a report that Juror #3 was arrested for some reason on the day after Thanksgiving. That report was from the National Inquirer. BTW, Radar Online and the National Enquirer are owned by the same people so the exact same story ran on ROL. No actual mainstream media in Pheonix that I saw is covering the story. I’ll let you know if I hear anything else about it. Juror #3 was a female who took notes the entire time and everyone suspected she was writing a book. The arrest is not suspected to be related to the trial.
This morning we started with Juan and Wilmott arguing over discovery. Juan is still asking for a copy of the hard drive from the prosecutorial misconduct hearing. That hearing ended last week, or so I thought, although Judge Stephens has not yet ruled. I still don’t understand how porn on Travis’ laptop would have kept the original jury from finding Jodi Arias guilty of first degree murder. The defense is trying anything it can to get the death penalty removed as an option.
In today’s news, Juan is pissed that he got 100 pages of notes from today’s defense witness sometime after 11 pm last night and is requesting time to read them, and he would like to interview him. Good grief can we just get on with the show? Wait, he wants to interview Neumeister, the computer guy from the prosecutorial misconduct hearing. I guess that is not over. Juan wants three hours with him. Defense is balking about dates and times. The Neumeister interview is set for “January 2nd or 3rd.” Because, Arizona.
Today’s defense witness is Dr. Geffner who will testify all week (expect presumably bottomless margarita Friday). Nurmi will have two days with him, the Juan will have two then redirect. So judge says Juan can read the notes and interview Geffner at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. And finally we let the jury in.
Dr. Geffner is a psychologist who specializes in domestic violence, abuse, relationship issues. In the murder trial he was know for spilling his water twice and having coughing fits on the stand. Many humorous tweets about him pouring a cup of water right away as he takes the stand. Geffner spent almost an hour talking about his credential which span three decades. He does NOT mention that his testimony in several cases has been thrown out or found to be based soley on hearsay provided by the defense witnesses. He’s a hired gun at a rate of $250 that he has not increased in the past decade. He should have raised it for this. Because, Martinez. Willmott is doing the questioning for this witness for the defense. She asks him if he has ever been in trouble with an ethics committee. He says no. She asks if his testimony has ever been criticized. He says in appellate courts that he never knew about (until Juan brought them up in trial.)
The judge sends the jury out so that the lawyers and argue about a case where Geffner was called a hired gun by the judge who ruled that his testimony was not credible and was not used in her determination (a custody battle). Geffner says the judge was essentially forced to resign over the comment. Not sure what will be allowed in front of jury. And they all go to lunch. Or not. It seems the jury was allowed back in to hear about the judge who was forced to resign. The tweeters today can’t even agree on what color clothing people are wearing. I’m reading about a dozen or more accounts from the courtroom at once and getting about the same amount of differing stories.
Geffner starts with MMPI(2) test results. It’s a personality test. Jodi tested high in anxiety, low-self esteem, bizarre thoughts, depression.
Now we have lunch break for real. I’m going to post this morning session and do another blog on the afternoon session.
I know this one is boring but, let me know if you are all still interested… 🙂