For the last four months, TruTV “In Session” and HLN have reported on very little but Jodi Arias and her trial which is scandalous due to steamy phone sex recordings, the nature of the brutal attack, and the fact that Jodi Arias is a professional liar.  I haven’t written a post since three weeks before the trial started.  A trial this long with so many monotonous testimony of Jodi Arias, the parade of experts who examined her according to lies she told, and the facts that are manufactured by Arias has become mundane and, if you will, stale.  The woman obviously has some psychological issues which she herself denies, but she presents well as having a lack of remorse and a very interesting flat affect.  Enter the jury, having sat for four months who were admonished to not follow the media reports of the trial, to not talk about the trial, and to not discuss anything with the media, and remember that four months have passed by where they missed time with work, family and possibly friends.  Deliberation of the jury to convict her of murder, then deliberation to reason if the crime was “especially cruel” and now the deliberation to come of what her punishment will be either life in prison or the death penalty.  Could it be that jurors are becoming tired of this long, drawn out, media showcased, trial?

It’s a large possibility considering that they were not sequestered nor have they deliberated for an inordinate amount of time on her guilt or innocence and whether the crime was especially cruel.  It could be that they are completely tired of the droning of Arias’ defense lawyer that is currently costing tax payers in Arizona a cool million dollars.  Personally, I wouldn’t blame them.  It is so transparently clear that this woman did this and then made up a juicy story to eliminate the pressing reason that Travis Alexander did nothing to deserve this and was, in fact provided by forensics, trying to get away from her.  She says she remembers nothing but shooting him in the head.  She was on the stand for eighteen days, sharing her life story that in large part was irrelevant to her charges, and fielded jury questions that numbered close to 200, and then paraded Travis Alexander as a pedophile and sexual deviant, abusive physically and mentally and that Arias suffered at his abuse like any shrinking violet would.  Then the parade of experts who based their examination on the two lies that home intruders killed him and she did it because she was an abuse survivor could only be reasoned with the silly notion that this was an adequate reasoning for committing a crime that involved 28 stab wounds and a nearly decapitating throat wound delivered in a time of “heat of passion” not deliberately planned focusing on manslaughter.  The jury heard testimony from one expert after another and the detective, they were presented with a medical examiners report and autopsy pictures, they were presented with evidence of  renting a car that is not “loud” or even her own that had “kool aid stains” in the passenger and back seats of said car, the forensic evidence, and the cross examinations of the last four months would have tired me out if I was on such a jury.  Jury fatigue is when the jury is actually tired of hearing about a case such as this one and winds up to be a very interesting premise for retrial if anyone could actually prove it.

So then, you’re asking yourself, “How will it help Arias?”  In two major ways.  One if the jury is fatigued and there is any misstep by the prosecutor or the free defense attorneys, she can appeal her conviction.  Two, if the jury lacks to be unanimous with their decision, this could lead to another jury being obtained and the appeals will fly afterward because of their misstep should they be hung.  The only way I can see this coming out good for the defendant is if they sentence her to life in prison.  The free public defenders seem to be leaning that way until Arias had a interview with a local news station saying that she wanted to die to get her freedom “sooner rather than later”, which prompted her attorneys to ask the judge to be excused from her case.  There is little, if anything, to do for such a difficult, spotlight stealing, lying defendant that undermines the strategy of her team of lawyers which occurs only because both Nurmi and Wilmott want careers after this debacle.  What happens to Jodi if she pleads for her life to the jury as Nurmi said she would and they just can’t find it in their hearts to send her to death row?  She regrets her lies in a small single cell on death row with crayons and colored pencils because the next big story other than her will come along and she will finally be secluded to deal with herself.  Sad but true.  The average time for execution is ten years in Arizona, which has to find a better way to execute prisoners before it can continue with death penalties after 1992.  Perhaps then she will feel remorse, but I highly doubt it.

 

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