Okay the jury has lost their damn mind. Rumor has it that one of the sitting jurors wants to trade places with an alternate juror. As you recall when Juror #2 was drawn as an alternate, she cried all the way to her car. Well, today one of the jurors who is currently deliberating has asked the judge if they can trade places!!!!!!!!!!! I KNOW! Now in a normal universe this would never be allowed. But this is Judge Stephens we are talking about here. So stay tuned.
But wait there is more…
Apparently, the jury is asking for a written copy of instructions. It is unclear for what. I recall one trial I covered where the were not allowed to have a written copy of the jury instructions. Was that Zimmerman? I forget. I think it is stupid when courts do that. I seem to recall every time the jury had a question regarding jury instructions, they had to march out into court and the judge would read the relevant section of the lengthy instructions.
And finally, it is also rumored that Jodi wants to talk to Nurmi in person. Not sure what that is about. Maybe she is regretting not giving an allocution to the jury? Too late now. When a judge asks you if you are on drugs after you make a decision, that is a clear indication you should reconsider your decision. I doubt that even in Arizona they will let Jodi allocate now.
Anyway. Nurmi is on the way. Wait scratch that Juan, Willmott and Nurmi are on speaker phone. Jodi is being brought into court. The jury has questions. Jodi is brought into court in stripes and shackles.
1) The jury wants to know if they can have a working lunch. Yes they can. This is a good sign like they are making progress.
2) Can the look at their notes “out of session”? No. Not sure what the mean by that. Do they want to take them home? Take them on a smoke break? Just read them while waiting for other to return from a break? Clarified: they wanted to look at notes while on break without all members present. They can’t do that.
3) They asked for a list of exhibits. They will be given a “redacted list” as agreed upon by attorneys. Juan is coming to review redacted list before the judge sends it and her hand written answers to jury.
Jodi is sent back to the holding cell.)
Nothing was asked about swapping jurors. That was probably just a rumor. I don’t see how anyone would know if that was happening. Or it is happening and Judge Stephens is just going to tell them now. I have a feeling it’s the former though. Even making that request would cause problems because it would indicate that alternate Juror #2 was communication about the trial with someone who is deliberating. That would be a clusterfuck. Let’s assume that whole thing was just a rumor.
Story developing …. but this is good news. Jurors will work through lunch means they may be trying to bang it out today! I would be surprised but it could happen. Juan is already there reviewing the exhibit list. The jury took a 15 minute morning break.