I’m getting lots of questions today about Juror #17 based on tons of rumors. Here is what is factual. Juan Martinez prosecuted 17’s first husband and sent him to jail. 17 married husband number one (or at least the previous husband to the current one) the day before he went to jail. Clearly, 17 is a moron for that alone. There is a current crew of twitter sleuths investigating the arrest record of the current husband who some say that Juan also prosecuted. I am surprised. I thought the prosecutions voir dire questions everywhere in the world, including Arizona, have to do with the juror’s previous interactions with law enforcement to weed out possible bias against the justice system. This is just utterly amazing. Even for Arizona. And frankly, the blame lies with Juan Martinez. It’s his job to weed out the criminally biased. Unless of course 17 lied about her past criminal involvement.
So now what? With regard to Jodi’s sentence, this doesn’t change a thing. Both sentencing trials resulted in a mistrial. There will be no third bite at the apple for a death penalty even if the juror is found guilty of egregious juror misconduct. The juror could potentially do some jail time. Judge Stephens may be on the hook for mishandling the jury’s request to have the person removed if in fact she did not have an inquiry of some sort with 17. Frankly, this is just one of many serious issues with Judge Stephens handling of this case.
What 17 really needs to worry about is her name being all over twitter and the pack of crazed Travis Alexander supporters that are still wanting someone else to die. 17 has asked for and been granted police protection and is apparently in fear for her life. I’m not being the least bit hyperbolic when I say this fool needs to change her name and move to Mexico.
I’ll let you know what else transpires as more information becomes available. Because, Arizona.