Remember when I predicted the jury would come back on Tuesday after lunch? Well it’s Tuesday and the jury came back in the Jodi Arias trial. Remember when I said they will probably not agree? We they don’t. In some states this is when the judge reads something called an Allen Charge to the jury. That is basically the court saying, “Look you bunch of fuckwits, do you have any idea how much money the state has spent on this shit show? Get yer asses back in the room and don’t come out until you all agree. I don’t care what you agree on, but you best by God agree on something or else you are all a bunch of worthless maggots!”
But this is Arizona. Arizona doesn’t allow the Allen Charge, which clearly I paraphrased and modified a tiny bit above. But many states feel like the Allen Charge, or “dynamite charge” makes the jury feel forced to ignore their solemn beliefs on the situation (normally guilt or innocence, but we are in Arizona) and reach a verdict. The fear is that hold outs would feel compelled to find someone they believe is innocent to be guilty. So Arizona gives a watered down version that says something like, ” Oh hey you special little snowflakes. I know you are trying ever so hard to reach a verdict. I am going to give each of you a gold star! Your opinion is your opinion and you don’t have to change it. But hey, if you feel like it, why don’t you identify areas of agreement and disagreement and relate to law. If you still don’t agree you can write me another note and I can answer your questions. No pressure. We have all the time and money in the world to wait for you. Do some yoga. Meditate. Write a poem about your feelings and let us know. *smooches*”
So we did that. And now we wait. Of course the Judge did not share with the public what the questions are and will be answering them in writing without letting us know what they were told. Because, Arizona.
The Alexander family is crying. But really? What did they think would happen. They should have agreed to LWOP last time.
The jury looks tired and irritable. I hope they let these people call it by four, that would give them the hour notice and they could give the hung jury speech and let these people get back to their lives.
I’m kind of narcoleptic today and really need a nap. I’ll update here as soon as I can, or y’all can update in comments. I don’t predict anything more earth shattering to report. They are split. It will be up to Judge Stephens. Jody will go to Perryville very soon.
About 20 minutes after the jury left, everyone was called back into the courtroom. We thought it was over and then the Judge called a recess. WTF does that even mean? Maybe she just forget to say it on the record when the jury left? Because, Arizona.
Jodi is still hanging out in the court room. They jury may be back sooner than we think. But honestly, they are hung and I need a nap. I’m going to let y’all tell me what I missed.