I was super busy yesterday so I’m just catching up. It was a long day in the Arias trial as they try to finish up with Geffner. Juan spent the morning trying to discredit Bob’s credentials and pointing out inconsistencies with the numerous pysch tests. By all accounts morning testimony was repetitive and Juan and Bob once again argued semantics. Bob wants to differentiate between a push and a shove for some reason. They go over Jodi’s scores on domestic violence tests as well as the usual psychological inventories for depression, anxiety, PTSD, self-esteem etc. We’ve been down this road several times in this trial already.
Bob wants to make sure we know that Travis was sexting multiple women at once. Juan counters with Jodi’s sexual texts with Ryan Burns, the dude she slept with right after killing Travis.
After lunch, Juan brought up the magazine with the coded messages. Juan quickly moves on to Bob being uncooperative with the prosecutions psychologist, DeMarte. He refused to release data to her until she could prove she was licensed. Juan likes to switch topics quickly to throw Bob off. I get the technique but it likely confuses the jurors too. Juan ended his cross saying that the 18 page letter of lies to the Alexanders was written on Travis’ birthday. And Juan is done with cross.
The jury is sent out so an evidentiary hearing can be held. They are arguing about that idiot New Zealand dude’s false affidavit. The question at hand is, “Is there evidence that Travis admitted the porn on the computer at the bishops house was his.” Eventually the jury comes back in but first the Judge tells observers they should not respond verbally to anything they will hear next. Everyone is confused by that statement. Willmott gets a few words out, Juan objects and gets a sidebar. This happened several times in a row with no forward progress being made in the testimony which doesn’t seem all that important anyway. The defense is trying to get in that Travis was sodomized as a child and claimed that is why he is attracted to child porn. Remember all of this is based on some idiot from New Zealand brand new testimony that he provided a week ago. Because he would only make shit up on an affidavit and not testify, Juan has no ability to cross-examine him.
Willmott basically gives a slightly shorter version of everything she asked on direct. Nothing new or interesting. The is actually some sort of bar chart about the sexts. Twelve different women were listed. Most did not know about the others.
We’re done with Bob. Time for jury questions. Lots of questions that appear to show that the jurors asking the questions don’t believe the tests are valid. They seem to think Jodi manipulated tests knowing they would be used in court, and also that the PTSD was simply from brutally murdering someone and being in jail. These juror questions are great. One question asks if there is any proof of the child porn masturbation other than Jodi’s word. Another question asks Bob if he thinks it is odd that not one of these violent attacks by Travis are mentioned in her extensive journaling. Were the 2007 IMs where Travis called Jodi “pure evil” mentioned in the journals? Bob doesn’t remember. Lots of questions that essentially point out that the Law of Attraction was not governing her journal as there were many negative topics covered including suicide. Isn’t it normal for a young heterosexual male to view pictures that include both males and females?
It’s official. The jury didn’t buy what Bob was selling. They don’t believe the porn thing, they have faith in the tests. And I believe there is a psychologist on the jury who will be very helpful in deliberations. These were some of the smartest jury questions we have ever had. VERY good from prosecution. They may fry the bitch after all.