The Jodi Arias trial soldiering on today with Nurmi beginning with some very aggressive attacks on DeMarte. It’s sort of a repeat of Thursday. She misrepresented he experience, she shared confidential test questions with Juan. It’s all baloney. He’s still doing his best Juan Martinez impression. I don’t think it went over well with the jurors. One of the jurors appears to be very sick. The tweeters say that Nurmi is way louder than Juan has ever been. That’s loud! Demarte remains cool as a cucumber. Nurmi screams at her about ridiculous shit. Demarte repeatedly asks if he has a question. Nurmi calls her Dr. Death again but it is stricken from the record and he is done with her it seems. That didn’t seem to help him at all.
During a ten minute recess, Juan and Demarte chat and smile but the defense team seems to be freaking out. The mitigation specialist, Maria says “Oh God” and Jodi (?) puts her hand on Wilmott’s back to comfort here. It is unclear what is happening.
Juan takes the Alexander family to the back. Both defense lawyers are in the hallway texting. Maria is in the courtroom with Jodi.
No one seems to know what happened but the jury comes in and Juan has follow up questions. “Does Borderline Personality Disorder mean that Jodi did not know right from wrong? No she knows right from wrong. She explains her practices to ensure that assessment questions do not get out in the public. Which is weird because they were read aloud in court in the main trial when the issue was raised. We all have access.
Juan asks, “If any prison inmate had trouble adjusting, would that mean they all suffer mental illness?” DeMarte says yes.
Nurmi asks for a sidebar after nearly every question and gets one.
Juan brings up all kinds of fun things about Jodi like how she hid under the Christmas tree, and every boyfriend is idolized, emailing Travis after she killed him, stalking Travis.
Nurmi wants to stop the trial so he can voir dire DeMarte? Are you kidding me? She’s been on the stand for days! This is too stupid even for Stephens to agree too. She says no.
Juan goes on to show a journal entry after Jodi brutally murdered Travis that says that people are dropping her name as someone who could be involved in his death. She says it is payback for her immorality. She says it is “poisoning Utah” for her. Poor thing. She says Travis did not deserve to die.
After lunch Juan covered DeMarte’s expertise in domestic violence and reiterates she is not a victim of domestic violence. Nurmi goes back in to get DeMarte to say that Jodi had BPD when she met Travis and she had no previous criminal history.
In your assessment was Jodi mentally ill prior to murder? BPD doesn’t come out of the blue it happens over time.
Without having training in DAPS, why do you think Geffner did this incorrectly? It’s self reporting, you don’t need extensive training . I’ve read the manual several times, the mistakes were clear.
How many test are available to diagnosis PTSD and the other disorders? There are many but a few are the most popular ones to use.
How many did you administer? Four.
How many years of experience do you have treating domestic violence patients/ sexual abuse? 10 and she sees patients with domestic violence issues and sexual abuse issues regularly.
From 2004- 2008 when practicing was another licensed psychologist with you? She saw patients on her own and met with a licensed psychologist for reviews.
Do you feel the knowledge of a sexual assault is as damaging as the memory of it? (WTF? does that mean?) It can manifest into PTSD but you have to exhibit symptoms of PTSD.
Can the body have reactions to certain stimuli that trigger suppressed memories? It can trigger emotions and a physical response.
In communications between TA and JA he told her she could have his passwords so how is this unwanted and intrusive? I wouldn’t conclude that intrusive, but as time went on, he didn’t want her to access his accounts anymore and when he told her not to she continued.
Some communications between TA and other women where TA said Jodi wouldn’t leave him alone. Were these women aware he was still seeing her? They were not aware of the extent.
How far back did your forensic evaluation go and were all the records available ? Yes as far as I knew I had everything.
How does dissociation play into BPD? It’s a protective behavior to avoid anxiety.
Stephens announced no trial tomorrow because there is a One Day Sale at Macy*s. She also wants to interview each juror one by one in chambers. We have no idea what that is about.
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