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Jodi Arias Retrial, Day #46 – Closing Arguments (2/24)

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Welcome to Day #46… as we finally get to the closing arguments & jury instructions bit of the retrial. Looks like Pickles was right all along with her earlier “25th-26th” finish date… but  it’s about the only thing she has got right since January 2013.

Anyways… let’s not get too carried away today. Closings & stuff will likely take up a day or so… then we’ll have to wait a short space of time for the ever decreasing hung jury to come back with their split decision. After that, Pickles then has to trot back to her chambers – light a few candles – and toss a coin to see what “verdict” to come up with to try and keep everyone happy — and she might even do that by the end of this week like she planned.

But here’s the thing folks… and here’s what we need to remember above all else:

The verdict… whenever & however it arrives… is basically a decision on who’s gonna end up paying for Jodi’s appeals, so Jodi can finally get justice – and this whole BS fiasco can be straightened out once and for all.

So in the big scheme of things, the verdict is not so ground-breakingly critical. It can get a bit complicated, but either the overly generous AZ taxpayers are gonna have to foot the bill for the appeals… or Jodi may have to pay for some or all of the appeals herself, including the hiring of a competent appellate lawyer. This is why we’ve been preparing for that and including reference & links to the JAA Appellate Fund site in every post, for when it’s needed.

Overall though – all we do know for certain right now is that this trial will go down as the longest, biggest & most comprehensive judicial fuck-up in AZ’s history. So hopefully lessons will be learned to save any repetition in the future. In fact several trials have already cited this trial in an attempt to avoid a repeat.

So with all that said & done… today’s kick-off is currently scheduled for 9.30 am MST.

Click here to follow Michael Kiefer’s live tweetingz.  Click here for the current time in the Arizona circus tent.

And as I mentioned yesterday — if you are in or around the Phoenix area, be sure to get yourself down to the courtroom to support Jodi. If you can’t, then we’ll plough on and continue our support online, here in the website.

In the meantime…

We Are Team Jodi!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Remember…

WE ARE TEAM JODI – AND WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS in our quest for JUSTICE FOR JODI.

Never question it.

Never doubt it.

Prepare for it.

Leave your thoughts & comments below…

SJ
Team Jodi #WINNING <<<

Click the banner below to read Jade’s post – “Justice Denied: Why The Jurors Got It Wrong & How The Facts Decimate The State’s Case Against Jodi Arias.”:

Read - Justice Denied - Why The Jurors Got It Wrong & How The Facts Decimate The State's Case Against Jodi Arias
Click the links below to read Jade’s previous posts in the series:

The Immaculate Deception: Exposed
Michael Melendez – Perjury Exposed
The Presumption of Innocence
The Great Mormon Porn Swindle

If you would like to help Jodi by way of a financial donation to the JAA APPELLATE FUND, click the Team Jodi link below for further details. All donations via Justice4Jodi.com go directly to the fund for assisting with the legal fees associated with appealing Jodi’s wrongful conviction. Justice4Jodi.com is the ONLY website authorized to collect donations.

In addition, please DO NOT, under any circumstances, donate through any other website or Facebook page/group claiming to be “official” and/or acting with Jodi’s approval or authorization. The same applies to any “Jodi Membership Clubs”, groups or fake Trust funds that have been set up. These sites are bogus – as are their intentions – and they should be actively avoided. If you are aware of any such sites, please help Jodi by clicking here and reporting them. Thank you for your ongoing support!

We Are Team Jodi ---- And We Will Be Victorious!.

163 Comments

  1. WE ARE TEAM JODI – AND WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS in our quest for JUSTICE FOR JODI.

    Never question it.

    Never doubt it.

    Prepare for it.

    SJ
    Team Jodi #WINNING <<<

    • Congrats SJ! You just won yourself a very special first comment prize gift basket containing court souvenirs:

      •A CD with 90 min of non-stop ‘Greatest Hits by … Juan Martinez’ (including the one and only Snow White debate, the gas cans mathematical sums, analysis of Greenwich Mean Time – GMT, ‘YES or NO’ demands and tantrums of all sorts).

      •DeMarte’s credentials since 1st grade.

      •The original pen used by Juan to sign ROCKSTAR autographs.

      •Two handkerchiefs with authentic Alexander crocodile tears.

      •Magic Mormon underwear.

      •A bag of freshly cut lemon slices.

      •A Flores-cent pink with green stripes tie from Juan’s tie collection.

      •A Thesis on ‘How to Commit Prosecutorial Misconduct’ signed by Juan Martinez, Esteban Flores, Michael Melendez, Kevin Horn, Janeen DeMarte, Perry Smith – (all pages have been plastic laminated).

      •A first edition Hughes book. (Hardcover – we ain’t going cheap here!)

      •And finally: Arizona’s finest Kool-Aid beverage.

      ‘RETURN TO SENDER’ IS NOT AN OPTION.

      ENJOY! ♥

  2. Good morning, SJ. I have been following every day but not commenting much due to lack of time. My thoughts are always with Jodi and everyone here. I pray she gets life rather than DP though, as despite the appeals process I feel DP is just too risky an outcome.

    • Hi Lynn!

      Everything is gonna be fine in the end. Justice for Jodi will prevail. That we can be sure of.

      SJ
      Team Jodi #WINNING <<<

  3. Beautiful photo & great article! I wish I could get down to courtroom, but in meantime I will continue to support in all ways I can including JAA fund, always be here for her & team! My heart & prayers going out today that things move in the best possible direction for her!

  4. I was happy to blog on this site and meet such interesting and intelligent people. Many of you have incite that is amazing. I do wish Jodi and her family the best. If this retrial does not come out the way we would like, I can see some hope in the appeals.

    After hearing that Jodi is on meds, I have some questions. There had to be a psychiatrist that wrote the script. Who is he or she and why wasn’t this person called to testify? I agree BB that this case is incomplete.If I were on the jury, I would want a complete picture. We did not get it from either side.

    Prisons are full of people with serious mental issues because in this country mental health has not become a priority.Jodi Arias is in many ways a victim of the system that now wants to kill her.

    • nicely said joan.. Jodi is a victim, in many ways, and yet the worst abuser of Jodi has been Juan Martinez’ He will be unveiled soon.. all in Gods time.

    • Exactly. Killing a mentally ill person is even more horrific than killing by DP a mentally healthy person. The whole thing is just so sick and wrong.

  5. Good morning… Team Jodi!!! Well SJ great kick in our butts this morning!!! Thank you we needed that!!!
    Pandora, what can I say except get that crap in the mail to SJ. ASAP!!!!

    Jade I wish I could reach out and give you the biggest hug. Thank you from all of us for your post this morning on the other page. I think we all kinda had a WTF kind of day yesterday. I know personally (to use Jodi’s best line of all) felt like my brain was scrambled.
    You explained why!!! I thank you for that!!!

    I truely believe the best is yet to come!!!
    Miss Jodi Ann Arias will walk out those doors a free woman!!!!! For all that have condemn her just remember karma’s a bitch!!! GOD WILL NOT BE MOCKED!!!!

    There will never be Justice for Travis!!! You made sure of that!!!

    • ((((((Cindy))))) ♥
      24 degrees here and 5″ snow. Hoping the electricity stays on!!!! If I disappear just know I will be praying all day long! (((((((((TEAM JODI)))))) ♥ (((((((((((((((JODI ARIAS))))))))))))))) ♥

  6. I still do not understand what happened yesterday. I thought the defense still had three witnesses…. all of a sudden two jurors are being thrown out and the defense is resting????

      • I already read it thank you Cindy and I still do not understand what happened. How did they go from three witnesses to none and defense rests?

          • In my point of view if they had proven their case then the death penalty should be immediately off the table and a sentence reduction should be in place.

            • The only Something BIg I think may have happened is that the PA’s office wants to rush this through because Martinez starts a new trial tomorrow… They want him to be able to take the time to have his closing arguments, I doubt anything has been taken off the table and will be pleasantly surprised if it has been.

                • Dr. Geff’s testimony doesn’t need anyone to bolster it. It stands on it’s own, and perhaps the tech guys were a maybe all the time dependant on circumstances. The expert testimony from them all was that porn did exist on TA’s computer, one site being called “Child Villa”.

                • Two affidavits were submitted. That might account for two of the three witnesses. Fonseca would only have backed up what Geffner already said. Pseudonym would have been strictly limited to arguing JM’s very weak at nonsensical rebuttal – could NOT have introduced anything NEW about porn evidence or child porn. And why end Jodi’s case for mitigation by beating up on Deanna or Abe?

                  I can’t think of anyone they could have called that would have further strengthened their case.

        • this might explain why the witnesses weren’t there

          “Earlier in the retrial, the judge denied a bid by Arias’ lawyers to stop prosecutors from seeking the death penalty on several grounds.

          They alleged authorities examining Alexander’s laptop destroyed thousands of files — including files from pornographic websites — that would have been beneficial in defending Arias. They said the computer files could have helped them argue that Alexander had treated their client in a sexually humiliating manner.

          Arias’ lawyers also asked the judge to dismiss the death penalty because three witnesses on her behalf have refused to testify in open court for fear they will be harassed.

          http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/02/24/us/ap-us-jodi-arias.html?_r=0

  7. ♥♥♥ JODI WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND DEFENSE TEAM ! ! ! ♥♥♥

    “No matter how many times you get knocked down, keep getting back up. God sees your resolve. He sees your determination. And when you do everything you can do, that’s when God will step in and do what you can’t do.” ― Joel Osteen,

  8. I am sending Love and positive thoughts out to Jodi and all of her Fantastic Supporters!!! You all Rock!
    My prayers are with you all.

  9. I wonder if Nurmi or JW will do closing arguements. I hope it is JW. My reason for this is that I can STILL recall the part of Nurmi’s closing from the first part of this trial. The part that he mentions his personal opinion of Jodi. Was that intentional? It still angers me. I hope it is JW today. She is concise and articulate. She has a gentle confidence that Jodi needs to convey to the jury what she felt unable to convey herself. This is only my opinion and my desire.

    • Dorothy, KN will do closing because he is the lead attorney. I know many people did not like his remark. But if you go back a watch it you will see Jodi smiling. He was trying to make a point.

      I’m sure no such remarks will be made this time around…..

    • I think it will be both Dorothy.. if I am not mistaken the defense goes first this time so either nurmi or wilmott will speak then martinez and then whichever lawyer didn’t speak the first time will finish up closing arguments.

          • OH sorry I am wrong …Closing Argument at the Penalty Phase
            Although closing arguments at the guilt phase of capital trials are generally similar to closing arguments
            in other criminal trials, closing arguments at the penalty phase of capital trials are distinctive. After
            evidence has been presented at the penalty phase, the state and the defense present jury arguments.
            Defense counsel have the statutory right to present the last argument whether or not the defendant
            presents evidence at the sentencing hearing, but, in contrast to the rule at the guilt phase, they do not have the right to make the first argument as well.15 As with jury argument at the guilt phase, defense
            counsel may make as many addresses to the jury as they want and without any time limitations. The
            trial judge may limit to three the number of defense counsel who may make the last argument.

            This was taken from the UNC school of government website

  10. Thank you BB for your “coincidence” list on yesterday afternoon’s page. There are probably many more to add to your list but it was a very good foundation.

    • Well… I think it’s down to everyone seeing through all the media hype & BS about today, and instead seeing the verdict as basically a decision on who’s gonna pay for Jodi’s appeals. Either that, or everyone has fallen asleep :mrgreen:

      SJ
      Team Jodi #WINNING <<<

  11. Good morning all ! I still haven’t got a good answer as to why the last 3 witnesses are not being called….it makes me very nervous bc as an attorney doing your due diligence for your client you want EVERYTHING out there on the record for the appeals….these 3 witnesses I believe would have been able to answer the prosecution’s BS, and with regard to the porn I believe would have added more damning evidence that TA was a pedophile……so if DT had JM backed into a corner and then just let him out I’m NOT happy but I don’t know that is the case…so at this point I just have to wait and see and hope that KN and JW have got Jodi’s back on this one……..attorneys have to juggle trials all the time so I don’t think it had anything to do with JM starting a new trial….KN and JW are not going to just give up the rest of their case so JM can start a new trial on time, no way……so I just don’t know…….

  12. Well I just made a post that disappeared……..hopefully it will show up…but basically I don’t know why the 3 witnesses are not going to testify…..

  13. Going by the tweets yesterday, which is like chewing on used gum, it was a hugely bad day for the prosecution. When have you seen all the usual pro-prosecution media plants uniformly pointing out that Jodi seemed unusually pleased?

    Why do you think they pointed out how pissed Martinez seemed to be and wanted a chance to address the jury to point out that they need to understand if they don’t come back with a death penalty verdict that she may be eligible for parole? Martinez certainly wouldn’t have been pissed because THESE three witnesses were not going to testify. That was his worst nightmare. The eye rollers certainly wouldn’t have been crying because they were overjoyed about something.

    I also would be stunned if Fonseca, Dworkin and Pseudonym were unwilling to return. They had all already been there at least twice and Fonseca acted like she almost enjoyed putting Martinez in his place. Pseudonym had not been publicly identified to my knowledge and he was diligently at work preparing the info that was secreted away in that hard drive.

    Plus Nurmi could have subpoenaed all three and even taken them as hostile witnesses if he wanted to and that would been monumental for the jury if the info that was devastating to the prosecution came out under those circumstances. It would have showed that their fear of testifying was the underlying reason why they had to be subpoenaed and it would have put a lot in perspective for the jury. They may have already suspected that was the reason that Jodi didn’t continue her testimony.

    I also cannot see Nurmi acquiescing to “rush” the trial along now after he was about to have witnesses that would have creamed Martinez just because Martinez didn’t find it convenient in his schedule to proceed. He would have or damn sure should have tell him tough tobangas–if you don’t want to give a closing when we’re ready, then don’t give it–your choice.

    The New York Times is just trying to climb back on the wagon now that the trial appears about to end as if they know something. I don’t think they know jack.

    Whatever went on in that battleaxes chambers yesterday had to be sufficient enough of a trade-off for Nurmi to rest and then plan to do the closing of his life. If that wasn’t the case, he should be brought up before the bar.

    We’ll see.

    • You know Jade I was wondering if maybe just maybe there was some message or something on Jodi’s phone that was found that would be a detriment to the prosecution. The reason I am wondering that is because a statement was put up by a person who stated she found the phone in her dad’s car and turned it over to Sandy who in turn gave it to the lawyers.

      • The expert Neumeister trusted to do all the detailed forensics and really expose the layers of porn he had already identified on the hard drive. He was another “Smith”–but the defense’s Smith.

        He’s the one that said the hard drive was accessed by someone at MPD at 11 pm the day Maria Schaeffer had been there.

    • Re: New York Times not having a clue…their statement that this phase r
      didn’t reveal much new info was sloppy and LAZY journalism.

  14. COFFEE – FASHION – CHECK LIST UPDATE:

    Jarrett Seltzer ‏@JarrettSeltzer 28m28 minutes ago
    Wilmott has arrived nice and early. Venti Starbucks in hand #jodiarias

    Jarrett Seltzer ‏@JarrettSeltzer 26m26 minutes ago
    Wilmott leaves. Left her cup on the desk #JodiAriasTrial

    Tammy Rose ‏@News20Chopper 29m29 minutes ago
    @News20Chopper Jen Willmott just walked past me wearing a black suit. #JodiArias

    Jarrett Seltzer ‏@JarrettSeltzer 20m20 minutes ago
    Mm our first sizzle white noise of the day – #prepping #jodiarias

    MC Superior Court ‏@courtpio 15m15 minutes ago
    Judge Sherry Stephens has approved the media’s request to broadcast the #jodiarias verdict live.

    Jen’s Trial Diaries ‏@TrialDiariesJ 8m8 minutes ago
    DeAnna Reid is here #jodiarias #3tvarias

    Tammy Rose ‏@News20Chopper 2m2 minutes ago
    Court room getting full, so is media room. #JodiArias

  15. Tammy Rose ‏@News20Chopper 2m2 minutes ago
    Still going over other cases. Alexander family is here. Nurmi & Willmott looking over their notes. #JodiArias

    Monica Lindstrom ‏@monicalindstrom 27s27 seconds ago
    #JodiArias set to start in 10 minutes, surprised if we start on time, jury instructions then closings on tap for today

    Jarrett Seltzer ‏@JarrettSeltzer 15s15 seconds ago
    We are getting close here in #jodiarias – Nurmi gave me a nice “morning” nod and held the door for me

  16. Carolyn Sung ‏@CarolynSungCNN 13s14 seconds ago

    Good Morning. Back in the #jodiarias courtroom. Jury instructions and closing arguments will start this morning.

  17. FASHION UPDATE (cont.)

    Jen’s Trial Diaries ‏@TrialDiariesJ 41s42 seconds ago
    Juan arrived in a charcoal suit and silver tie #JuansTieReport #jodiarias

    • Carolyn Sung ‏@CarolynSungCNN 28s28 seconds ago

      #jodiarias just entered courtroom, wearing black pants, and a grayish sweater.

  18. Jen’s Trial Diaries ‏@TrialDiariesJ 15s15 seconds ago

    The overflow room for spectators is packed and a lottery is going to be done to get in #jodiarias #3tvarias

  19. William Pitts ‏@william_pitts 15s15 seconds ago

    by the way, Stephens denied another motion to dismiss based on JM saying secret witness’s name. #JodiArias

  20. Carolyn Sung ‏@CarolynSungCNN 12s13 seconds ago

    Martinez and Nurmi both seated. #TravisAlexander family and supporters fill the courtroom. Sky Hughes and Deanna Reid here. #jodiarias

  21. Michael Kiefer ‏@michaelbkiefer 36s36 seconds ago

    The press seats have been mostly empty during the #jodiarias retrial; today they are filling up. Big turnout of Alexander family and friends

  22. Carolyn Sung ‏@CarolynSungCNN 29s30 seconds ago
    Judge Stephens seated, counsel at sidebar. #jodiarias

    MC Superior Court ‏@courtpio 20s20 seconds ago
    Attorneys and judge are at the bench #jodiarias Jury is not in courtroom yet.

    • Michael Kiefer ‏@michaelbkiefer 36s36 seconds ago

      And in a surprise opening move, Judge Sherry “White Noise” Stephens calls the attorneys to the bench for a sidebar.

  23. MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15 18s18 seconds ago

    #JodiArias flashing lots of smiles this morning as she keeps looking back at her family members in court. #abc15

  24. MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15 12s13 seconds ago

    #JodiArias mother Sandy Arias is donning a purple ribbon with pink flower as a stance against domestic violence. #abc15

  25. On JSS denial of motion to dismiss: Oh, but my BFF, JM didn’t really mean to blurt out the secret witness’s name 3 times. it was just inadvertent don’t ya know !! LOL !! Blaa, blaa, blaa………yes a mistrial is most serious and is warranted when justice is being thwarted….YES, WELL HELLO JSS, JUSTICE IS BEING THWARTED IN THIS CASE!!!! YOU IDIOT !!!!

  26. Mike Watkiss ‏@mikewatkiss3tv 24s24 seconds ago

    Judge tells jurors their job now is to decide whether #jodiarias gets life in prison or is sentence to death #3tvarias

  27. William Pitts ‏@william_pitts 9s9 seconds ago

    judge instructing jurors #JodiArias has already been convicted of Murder 1 and they have to accept it.

  28. Jen’s Trial Diaries ‏@TrialDiariesJ 30s30 seconds ago

    Detective Flores, wife is here…lot’s of friends and family for Travis Alexander #jodiarias #3tvarias

  29. Jen’s Trial Diaries ‏@TrialDiariesJ 23s23 seconds ago
    Judge is explaining what 1st degree pre med murder is to the jury #jodiarias #3tvarias

    • Jen’s Trial Diaries ‏@TrialDiariesJ 12s13 seconds ago

      Judge is explaining the aggravating circumstances that TA suffered pain and Jodi should have known he would suffer. #jodiarias #3tvarias

      • Jen’s Trial Diaries ‏@TrialDiariesJ 11s11 seconds ago

        She is telling them they have to accept this fact and this has made Jodi eligible for the death penalty #jodiarias #3tvarias

    • Michael Kiefer ‏@michaelbkiefer 10s10 seconds ago

      Stephens just finished reading the definition of the “especially cruel” aggravator that made #jodiarias eligible for the death penalty.

  30. Jen’s Trial Diaries ‏@TrialDiariesJ 26s27 seconds ago

    Judge is going over witness testimony and how the jury can accept it or reject it #jodiarias #3tvarias

  31. Michael Kiefer ‏@michaelbkiefer 15s15 seconds ago

    And now Stephens is explaining mitigation and how much to consider witness testimony. And that attorney argument is not evidence.

  32. William Pitts ‏@william_pitts 19s20 seconds ago
    Judge reading the mitigating factors. age, remorse, abuse… #JodiArias

    MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15 12s13 seconds ago
    #JodiArias Judge tells jurors despite conviction and aggravating factors jury must still consider all evidence independently. #abc15

    • William Pitts ‏@william_pitts 26s26 seconds ago

      cont’d: more abuse, emotional stress, ptsd, borderline personality, #JodiArias

  33. Jen’s Trial Diaries ‏@TrialDiariesJ 42s43 seconds ago
    Judge is reading Jodi’s mitigating circumstances 2 the jury … no criminal history her age PTSD BPD She’s remorseful etc…….#jodiarias

    MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15 33s34 seconds ago
    Judge now reading out factors to consider including #JodiArias has borderline personality disorder & suffered childhood abuse #abc15

    Jarrett Seltzer ‏@JarrettSeltzer 44s45 seconds ago
    mitigating factors – no criminal history, 27, she’s remorseful, suffered physical & emotional abuse as child and with TA, PTSD, #jodiarias

    • MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15 42s42 seconds ago

      Other factors: #JodiArias age, first offense, alleged abusive relationship w/ #TravisAlexander that may’ve led to her actions #abc15

  34. Jarrett Seltzer ‏@JarrettSeltzer 38s39 seconds ago

    Judge tells jury that they can’t let Jodi testifying/not testifying affect their verdict #jodiarias

  35. Carolyn Sung ‏@CarolynSungCNN 28s28 seconds ago

    Judge SS tells jurors not to consider the cost of any sentence. #jodiarias

  36. MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15 25s25 seconds ago

    Jurors also must consider #JodiArias suffers from PTSD and is remorseful for brutally killing former boyfriend #TravisAlexander #abc15

  37. MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15 31s31 seconds ago

    Judge reading #JodiArias is remorseful got a few head turns among #TravisAlexander extended family members — even a head shake. #abc15

  38. Mike Watkiss ‏@mikewatkiss3tv 55s56 seconds ago

    Judge tells jurors defense bears burden on proof in this penalty phase retrial that mitigators exist #jodiarias #3tvarias

  39. Jen’s Trial Diaries ‏@TrialDiariesJ 19s20 seconds ago

    This is an individual choice for a juror when it comes to life or death #jodiarias #3tvarias

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