We return to court with the mandatory sidebar. I’ve determined that this is a Judge Stephens thing. Usually, she sees some very short appearances by less notorious criminals, and one tweeter pointed out that she sidebars with counsel before beginning pretty much every time. I think she should just speak from the bench especially when there is no jury in the room. But what do I know?
Anyway good ole Bob back for an afternoon session with the jury. I forget why there was no morning session today. Does it even matter at this point. Dr. Bob Geffner is going to tell us all the deep dark workings of the mind of Travis Alexander, Jodi Arias, and an array of unnamed individuals flung across the globe. Let not your heart be troubled that the only one of these people Bob has ever met is the killer.
Bob is creating a timeline for the defense that begins in May of 2008. It looks like we are going to wade through Jodi’s journals again. In May she writes he is in one of “his cycles” again. In June she says that Travis’ temper and her tendency to cry don’t mesh well together. Bob says that Jodi has been following her heart but her head is starting to win. She is beginning to realize he is abusive. Travis would be mean and then want to see her. Bob says that push-pull tactic is “crazy-making.” Jodi wants to see Travis but fears he only wants sex. The consensus is we have worked through the timeline. The point? Travis was abusive but Jodi kept going back. It was making her crazy.
On to physical abuse. Supposedly at some point, in March of 07, Travis grabbed Jodi by the wrists but she didn’t tell anybody. Now we know why the whole affidavit about Travis grabbing Deanna’s wrists was read. Juan objects. Long sidebar follows. Jodi didn’t consider it abuse. Bob says that is not unusual. Probably because everyone has probably had their wrist grabbed of grabbed someone’s wrist in their lifetime. Some of us even like it. Next incident mentioned was a time with Travis pushed her down and yelled at her in October of 2007. Again, the affidavit by “Witness #1” from New Zealand or Australia or wherever conveniently mentions pushing someone down and holding their wrists. Too bad he is not there to be cross-examined. I assume Deanna will be called by Juan eventually. Then we move to January 2008 when Jodi said Travis kicked her in ribs. He slapped her in the car in March and in April he body slammed her and choked her out. Bob says the violence was escalating. She never sought any medical treatment, told anyone or wrote about it in her journals. Bob says that is normal.
Bob says Jodi had a personality change that was noted by co-workers and other secret witnesses in their affidavits. Bob continues to pontificate about how Jodi behaved at work based on affidavits that have not been introduced. Juan objects. Yet somehow things continue on. I don’t understand how this is allowed. Bob talks about his three interviews with Jodi in October 2013, December 2013 and July 2014. Bob drones on about how remorseful Jodi was when she talked about Travis and her mother. She would cry for a brief time and then suck in her emotions. Juan is objecting to “residual grief”, that is the introduction of grief in the sentencing portion that was not in evidence in the trial itself, or presenting evidence in the sentencing portion that would changed the verdict. Or something. It makes no difference the defense can clearly do whatever it wants at this point. Wilmott is trying to drive home the crying and remorse thing. Juan keeps objecting with asked and answered. Bob would start talking with no question having been asked. Juan objects. Bob keeps doing it.
Bob says that Jodi has shown signs of trauma after the murder. Boo hoo. Bob says that Jodi became manic after killing Travis. Bob says Jodi doesn’t trust people and is depressed. Bob says everyone cheated on Jodi. Bob says Jodi lost her job in 2008. Bob says Jodi has low self-esteem. Blah, blah, blah PTSD…isolated… no support…Jodi was never aggressive before she met Travis…now she’s bipolar… blah zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
JUAN IS UP! Juan starts with his rapid fire yes or no questions right off the bat. Do you remember the affidavits? Yes. Did you use them as part of your puzzle? Yes. Juan slams Witness 1 testimony up on the jumbotron. Juan is going in for blood with Bob. He says that Witness #1 has changed his story entirely since the first interview. He said initially that Travis denied the photos were his. Wilmott is objecting a lot. Bob is befuddled. The court reporter begs everyone to slow down. Witness #1 changed his story about the child porn on JANUARY 17, 2015!!!! Juan is going to burst a blood vessel. I hope Bob is wearing Depends. Juan accidentally uses Witness #1’s last name. The guy is all over the Internet talking about the case but refuses to testify because he is afraid of the people online who support the Alexander family. Um isn’t that everyone except Witness #1 and Jodi Arias? Juan has also pointed out that Deanna was out of the country on a Mormon mission at the time Witness #1 claims he saw Travis attack her. Sidebars galore. Juan claims that Geffner deliberately cut the notes of first affidavit off the copy he gave Juan. Juan demands the original copy be admitted into evidence. SIDEBARS. HEAD EXPLOSIONS. SOILED PANTS. Juan uses the Witness#1 name again. It’s Mark McGee the New Zealand dude desperately seeking attention. Juan immediately throws his hands up and says, “CRAP!” after saying the name again. It’s okay Juan. It’s not a very well-kept secret. Juan says it was Witness #1 who was looking at child porn on a community computer at the bishop’s house, not Travis. Mess with the bull much, Witness #1? Juan points out in the missing notes that Witness # lied because he was getting married and would have been reprimanded by the church right before his wedding. Bob agrees.
It just gets worse for Bob. Juan says that the first psychologist’s notes (not sure who that was, LaViolette maybe?) state Jodi walked in on Travis viewing child porn on the Internet. Bob says, “I thought it was printed pictures?” Juan is pointing out that Jodi changed her story to printed pictures. Bob is trying to say it was an error in LaViolette’s notes.
And suddenly it is time to go home and everyone ran out off there like their asses were on fire. They all seemed to be more pained than usual at least until Juan got to the stand to wake everyone up. Tomorrow is supposed to be full day. I’m not sure I can muster. I’m on my deathbed with something. Or just being a whiner. One or the other.