UPDATE: Jurors have gone home for the night after about 3 hours and 15 minutes of testimony. They return tomorrow.
There was so much to tell you guys yesterday, I left a lot of things out. One broad thing I need to point out is that Juan Martinez did not object one time to Kirk Nurmi’s closing argument. It’s generally simply not done. Unless something extremely egregious is said, the opposing counsel will simply address it in their own closing. Nurmi however objected like a jack in the box throughout Juan’s closing. Today he will pay for that.
Before Nurmi can even get out a full though, Juan objects. This is going to take a while. He began with ” The state has presented you with a lot of snippets through the trial…” Objection! Beyond the scope. Nurmi is only supposed to rebut things that Juan said in his closing, not give another closing argument entirely. It looks like Juan is going to be holding him to that.
Nurmi returns from the sidebar, touches on the whole snippets thing again, and then provides a snippet of his own. It has to do with Fonseca’s testimony about Jodi screaming Fuck You! at her father after he slapped her. I’d love to explain his point, but it seems to me to be beneficial to the state who has claimed all along that Jodi does NOT suffer in silence as the defense says. He then talks about her cousin who said Jodi could be a total bitch. Same thing. I seem to be missing something in the Twitter translation. Sorry.
The tweeters seem to be over this whole thing and the tweets are not as detailed as usual. At one point Nurmi said that Juan wanted to call his client a bitch. OBJECTION! And later he said that the state was attempting to distract the jury from the facts. He pointed at Juan and said his use of the horrific pictures of Travis’ slit throat and asking if it was a smile was disgusting. Juan has been objecting a lot (improper argument).
Nurmi, “The State talked to you about the man on the moon. This is about 2008, we are on planet earth, in Maricopa County. Do you kill that woman?”
Nurmi backs of the blame the victim slightly by saying that Travis might have been a good guy to a lot of people, nobody is here to say Travis is a bad guy… but he was not always a good guy to Jodi Arias. He reads an email from Sky Hughes where she talks about Travis being affected by his parents and his abusive childhood. Sky is in the courtroom crying.
Side note: The reports are that Nurmi is louder and more aggressive today. The jury is not taking notes. But they are very engaged with eye contact. Jodi is staring down the jury. Jodi’s pal Donovan is in the courtroom sitting with Jodi’s mother. Jodi’s mother has been stoic and emotionless the entire time.
Nurmi says that Jodi isn’t the only one who lied to cover for Travis. The prosecution witnesses, Deanna Reid (who is in the courtroom) and the Bishop lied for Travis as well.
On to one of Nurmi’s favorite subject, masturbation. He says that the state is trying to distract the jury about the masturbation incident. If they want proof that it happened then he invites the jury to listen to the entire phone sex recording as it relates to child porn claim and computer porn claim. He mentions the orgasming like at 12-year-old girl comment. He asks the ladies of the jury if they think their man would say that. Objection. Sustained. A few beats later he asks if they would be disturbed if their man said that. Objection. Move to strike. Sustained.
Side note: Two jurors are taking notes now.
Nurmi goes on and on about the porn. One of the You Porns was about a girl having sex with his teacher. Travis’ sex fantasies mention in the sexting he learned from watching porn. Seriously, why is this even a discussion/
Moving on to DeMarte, Nurmi says he said “Good Morning” and she didn’t even respond. Really? Well damn. The jury certainly can’t vote for death now. Nurmi says that proves bias. He moves on to try to prop up Geffner by claiming that DeMarte was the “hired gun.”
On to the lack of citations in Jodi’s journal about any domestic violence with Travis. He says the state seems to think there are rules for journaling and all bad things must be written down. But what if she has written it and Travis had read her journal?
Nurmi reads several email excerpts from Chris and Sky Hughes to Travis that say things like ” I thought she was just another girl you were playing.” or suggest that he needs to treat Jodi better. Nurmi suggests the jury read these during deliberations.
Nurmi says Travis invited Jodi to his house on the day of the murder. We know this because he was taking photos of her vagina. Why would he do that if she wasn’t invited? um, huh?
Nurmi frequently calls things from Juan’s closing distractions. This time it is the email from Jodi to Abe. Nurmi says it shows how jealous Travis was about Abe. Jodi had to let Travis know that she told him she was not interested.
He talks about the text that the state suggests Jodi sent to herself. He says that is a huge leap.
Side note: Notetaking has stopped again. Back to intent listening.
Graphic testimony about Travis tying Jodi to a tree. He is comparing the sexting to the text in question and point out similarities in the wording. I love the variations in tweets between the network media (very demure) to the social media bloggers (often graphic).
Nurmi says the jury has no duty to kill Jodi Arias. They should decide based on their moral judgment. He explains that mitigators are not excuses, they go to the level of moral culpability.
Nurmi says that up until this point in time Jodi lived a life that is deserving of not having it taken now. The state says she killed him so you should kill her. Let the killing continue. But the jury must consider mitigation. The fact that she is convicted is unrelated to mitigation. Nurmi went through nine mitigators again hitting the highlights of each.
While going through all the mitigators (or potential mitigators) Nurmi continuously reminds the jury that their decision is based on their own moral assessment, nothing more. He also repeats over and over that her life is worth saving. Etc. He puts up a picture of Jodi and her dog. Would you kill this girl? Finally a sidebar. I hope Juan is pointing out that there should be a time limit and limit as to what is proper argument so that this ends at some point in the future.
Side note: I really want to go back out and play in the snow!
Nurmi puts up a photo of Jodi and Travis. One of these people is already dead. Will you kill the other? Objection. Sidebar.
Side note: Troy Haden from Phoenix Fox 10 says his source claims Jodi already has a cell ready at Perryville regardless of verdict. Troy’s source says that Jodi will be in solitary death-row like conditions for up to 4 years even if she gets life. Can earn way out. She will be moved there the same day as the sentencing.
Side note: The Alexander family and friends are all crying. Stephen is making eye contact with jury as much as possible. Trying to get a read. The jury is looking at Nurmi and rarely looks at spectators.
Nurmi ends saying that Travis thought Jodi was special. He tells them that they have the opportunity to return a verdict of love and compassion for the woman who Travis Alexander loved.
And we’re done.
Jurors #2 (middle-aged woman, 50ish?) and #13 (30ish /40ish man) are selected by lottery as alternates. I bet they are upset. Jury instructions are read. Alexander supporters are weeping quietly. The final jury is 8 women and four men. The were sent to deliberate just before 1:45 ET 11:45 MT.
After jury leaves, Jodi’s mom, sister Angela and Donovan chat. The Alexander sisters are sobbing in the first row.
It looks like the jury will deliberate from 9 4:40 MT on Monday- Thursday. (Because, Bottomless Margarita Fridays). If the jury has a question, it appears we will not be told. Because, super secret trial. 🙁 Judge Stephens will answer them in writing. Because, Arizona. We will have one hour notice before the verdict is read.
Jury went to lunch and returned to start deliberations at 3:15 ET. They took a smoke break (lol not really sure if anyone smokes) at 5:00 ET. They are expected to deliberate until 6:30 ET.
Some of my Jodi Arias posts are more fun to read than others. You can find them all here. Check out the ones about the Sleaze Highway and the Venus Anal Fuck Machine or Howard Johnsons. Those were the fun days of Fonseca’s testimony. 🙂