Everyone is in court on time this morning and then there is an announcement the trial will be delayed an hour. Something is afoot. Or it just Because, Arizona.
Also the third ring of the circus involving Jodi’s secret testimony, the appellate court gave their official opinion today. She can’t testify in secret and the records from the previous testimony must be unsealed. Because, duh. HOWEVER, Nurmi wants to appeal that ruling to the Supreme Court. Because, stalling.
Eventually, we begin with Nurmi and Juan arguing over discovery issues. Basically, they are both whining to the judge that the other side has something they are not turning over.
Dr. Geffner has been on the stand five minutes and everyone is bored stiff. He’s going over a trauma inventory test. They are trying to show she has guilt and remorse. I don’t care how many self-reported tests they show us, I don’t believe them.
Geffner goes through a number of trauma’s in Jodi’s life including abusive parents, abuse boyfriend (her first boyfriend held a knife to her throat) Jodi said that Travis was the most traumatic thing in her life. Yeah, it’s hard to find a bigger trauma than brutally stabbing and nearly decapitating a dude you screwed a few hours earlier. Geffner says the PTSD is from the relationship and not “the crime.” How the hell was that determination made? He says she has PTSD and has been suicidal in the past.
Geffner did a power point of abusive relationships and concluded that Travis was abusive to Jodi. He said that Travis controlled her and she really didn’t want to have all of that anal sex she begged him for.
After lunch there was some back and forth over the mirror image of the computer at issue in the ridiculous prosecutorial ring of the circus. Juan said on the lunch break the mirror image the defense wants was tested and it works fine. Nurmi says Nuemeister tried it with a write blocker and it would not open for him. The judge says for the computer experts on both sides to get together and work it out.
Jury comes back for the main event. Geffner drones on abut cycles of abuse. Travis would abuse Jodi and then they would have makeup sex and things would be good again for a while and then the cycle would repeat. There were graphs and charts and powerpoints for this basic domestic violence cycle that everyone in the world already knows.
Geffner refers to texts and journal entries where Jodi says she always knew the fight was over when they had sex. Cycle of abuse. Jodi was a victim….blah blah blah learned helplessness. This is such a load of BS. Travis was verbally abusive to Jodi. He called her names like 3 hole wonder and slut and whore. When Travis distanced himself from her in public she was humiliated. When Travis called her “pure evil” it was a stab to her heart. Someone needs to show this fool Travis’ autopsy pictures so he can see what a stab to the heart is. Geffner says that Jodi broke up with Daryl before dating Travis. She was monogamous and he was not. This devastated her. He would text Jodi to come over because he was horny. He also sent other women the same texts.
We move on to Jodi’s crappy childhood and how childhood abuse results in problems adjusting to life as a result. Travis was also abused as a child. Abused boys tend to be more prone to violence as and adult white abused female are more likely to be victims of abuse. Again, the theme of the day is Jodi is the victim in the relationship. My mind boggles. Both of Jodi’s parents deny there was any abuse and say that Jodi began having issues in her early teens acting bizarrely and lying a lot. She has very spotty memory between the ages of 12-14. Yeah, and I can’t remember most of the ’80s. What’s your point, Geffner? During those two years she got her period and some boy held a knife to her throat. Yep, puberty is hard. Jodi says she sort of spaced out in the fourth grade and has been that way ever since.
Jodi says her childhood was pleasant. But then the WOODEN SPOON incident is brought up. Her mother would whack her with a wooden spoon, her father would beat her with a belt. The tiniest violin in the world plays in the background. Pretty much anyone of a certain age in the south had corporal punishment. I recall switches, belts, wood spoons, those stupid paddle balls with the rubber string I was dumb enough to ask for, fly swatters, or whatever happened to be handy. Oh and the HAIRBRUSH over the head for not sitting still when Mama would brush my hair! Cleary I was a terrible child. 🙂 Still, haven’t brutally murdered anyone. Yet.
He’s talking about her kicking holes in her wall when she was mad with her mother. How is this good for the defense? Says she was a terrible housekeeper. Again, so am I. Still haven’t killed anyone. Jodi spent too much money. AHA! I am very good with money! It’s like my only good quality. Mostly frugal except this year I actually bought a few Christmas presents instead of being a Scrooge.
Okay I sort of forgot I was blogging this. We’re done for the day. It was ridiculous. And boring. Sorry.