We have now had four months of trial. The first trial only lasted five months. In the four months there have only been twenty three days of trial. The jury was rarely in court the full day. Because, Arizona. I’m just going to cover Tuesdays in broad strokes.
First of all, in the side ring, Judge Stephens made it official that she ruled against the defense on prosecutorial misconduct. So it is official that the show will go on with the death penalty still on the table. In other words, that was all a giant waste of time.
Tuesday the defense psychologist, Geffner is back on the stand. His job is to make sure that we all know that Travis is a womanizer who was screwing over many women. This hardly makes him unique or interesting. I doubt it is going to justify in the jury’s mind that Jodi deserves to live despite the fact she practically hacked him up into little pieces.
It was another day of sexting. The only thing new about it was the players. The defense is trotting out a lot of new women we didn’t hear about at the first trial. The first one’s last name is Cook and she has kids and lives in Show Low, Arizona about three hours from Mesa. They text explicit sexual comments and try to find time to hook up when she can get away from the kids. Cook (which may be a fake name… Because, Arizona) is upset that Travis will only do oral sex with her. He is claiming he is a 30 year old virgin.
In between numerous objections and side bars we learn that both Cook and Travis are completely bare down there. Oddly, I just finished recapping an episode of RHOBH and this topic seems to be discussed much more often than I ever imagined. Times like this is it hilarious to see the how the dozen or so people I follow in the courtroom tweet the topic to us. I’m not sure if the text itself discussed shag carpet versus hardwood floors or if that was simply a couple of observers method of relating this pertinent information. Clearly, in a death sentencing trial, it’s important to know the pubic hair stylings of all parties involved and even a few who are not involved in the slightest, like Miss Cook.
In addition to Cook, Travis was sexting Cluff and Elyse Lee in the same timeframe. Sexting three women at once is not proper Mormon etiquette. He’s actually sexting with at least two women simultaneously. This is new information. How is it mitigating though? Jodi didn’t even know about these women.
There are lots of references to fantasy rape scenarios in Travis’ sexts with other women. On woman is invited to his house for the first time at one a.m. where she plans to “rape” him.
A fourth woman was sexting with Travis who knew about Jodi. Travis tells her that she is moving in two weeks so that will solve a lot of problems.
After lunch more about this fourth woman, Chatanya. Travis was making arrangements to give her The Book of Mormon while telling her he wants to get her pregnant, but he is not going to sleep with her because he is a virgin. Hell, maybe I should start answering the door when the Mormons show up. This hot and heavy stuff was in March, just before Jodi moved back to Yreka. The Book of Mormon thing seems to be a pattern with Travis. But, who cares?
Lots of pontificating about how Travis is psychologically abusing all of these women. At one point Geffner refers to Jodi as Ms. Alexander and then says, “Boy, Freud would have a field day with that.” This was a credible, mainstream journalist tweeting this. Yet still I sometimes wonder if the joke is on us and Jodi is sitting on death row somewhere where she belongs and there are a couple of dozen people following some script to prank us all for still paying attention to this shit.
After a mere 40 minutes of afternoon testimony, we get to the whole masturbating to child porn on the computer stuff. Juan objects vigorously. A ten minute recess is called. The jury is sent out. Juan is objecting to Geffner referring to hearsay from mystery witnesses who are too afraid to testify. In any other court the DA would not have to even object to this nonsense.
Juan is reading affidavits from the mysterious frightened people. They say things like “There is no way Jodi could be involved in this she must have been brainwashed!” Ohhhh I bet that secret witness is Edgarrrrrrrrrrr! And others say that the trial was slanted against Jodi Arias. Again. I am only relaying information. I have no explanation better than we are all being punked. One person wants to testify that Jodi would never do anything like this and must have been forced. Juan brings up Jodi squeezing the life out of a cat. Willmott objects saying it is not on the record. (all of this arguing is outside the presence of the jury). One witness’s affidavit says that Deanna must have killed Travis. Juan’s objection to these witnesses was 22 minutes long.
Then there was a 72 minute side bar. 72 minutes of white noise in the courtroom. Then the judge left the courtroom and the lawyers went in different directions. They jury hasn’t been back in courtroom for around two hours after the 40 minutes of afternoon testimony.
Eventually, the judge returns and asks for a sidebar. After a few minutes Juan walks away mad. The jury is about to be allowed in and Juan turns on his heels and asks for another sidebar.
Then the jury comes in and the judge says they will be staying an extra 45 minutes today to make up for lost time. Dear God.
I should not be shocked, but I am. Judge Stephens is allowing the anonymous affidavits in. Because, Arizona. Also they will all be read by Geffner, perhaps accompanied by some sort of interpretative dance.
Affidavit of Witness #1 Says he saw Travis abuse Deanna. Geffner is reading the affidavit aloud. The anonymous, super secret witness saw Alexander pin Deanna to the couch and shove his knee into her stomach and scream, “Get it through your fucking head, I’m not going to marry you!” When witness confronted Travis, Travis ran out of the house and his wife put cool cloths on her wrists and comforted her for over an hour. He says this happened at Bishop Vernon Parker’s residence in Riverside, CA in 2001. He did not know Jodi Arias at that time. This witness also claims at that same residence that he opened a file that was supposed to have his wedding pictures taken by the Bishop on the Bishop’s computer and he found child porn that belonged to Travis Alexander. Travis’ name and date were on the folder. He says he confronted Travis and Travis admitted that he was sexually molested at age 12. You can read the real identity of this witness on Court Chatter. Basically, the guy is a fucktard, but Court Chatter will explain it in a much more delicate way. Because they seem like good people over there.
Witness #2’s affidavit says that they knew Bobby Juarez and he abused Jodi.
Witness #7 is a friend of Jodi’s brother Carl who says that Jodi was a loving sister who would never do such a thing as murder Travis. These people know she confessed and was convicted, right? Right? What is next the cashier at the Piggly Wiggly will testify that she always paid in exact change and used recyclable grocery bags? He also says he saw Jodi and Carl’s dad pick Carl up by the neck and throw him.
Willmott was doing all the lawyering Tuesday. She began a new line of timeline testimony just before they ended for the day.