Recently, Jodi Arias wrote and filed a motion to the Superior Court of the state of Arizona. In this document, Jodi Arias asks the judge to remove Kirk Nurmi as her primary attorney and replace him with another unspecified attorney.
The basis of her argument is that Kirk has not done his job. According to her, he has instructed his office secretary not to take messages from Jodi and should she attempt to leave a message, the secretary should hang up on Jodi. She also mentions that she hasn’t seen him since the trial ended in May. Clearly Jodi is not happy with Kirk Nurmi. She is however happy with Jennifer Willmott.
In her handwritten motion to the Superior Court, Jodi mentions a number of failures on the part of Kirk Nurmi. She says that he did not pursue evidence that would have found her not guilty. She mentions a number of other things that she believes Kirk did not do properly and would have resulted in a better verdict for her.
She also clearly points out that though Kirk attempted to see her at the prison, on two separate occasions, she refused his visits. Obviously, she is not satisfied with Kirk Nurmi. It is important to point out that this is the second attempt by Jodi Arias to have Kirk Nurmi removed as her attorney. The first attempt was denied by the state of Arizona.
She also mentions that through the course of the trial, she had disagreed with strategies and legal maneuvers on the part of Kirk Nurmi and that Kirk would respond to her by saying in essence that he did not have the time to explain to her everything that he had learned in law school.
She also claims that under the law she deserves an attorney that “advocates” for her. She states that Kirk Nurmi is not her advocate.
I watched every minute of her trial and came away with the clear impression that Kirk Nurmi was very much her advocate. When Kirk Nurmi took her case he was a public defender. I don’t think that either Jennifer Willmott or Kirk Nurmi would disagree with the statement that, at this point in their careers, they are not the best attorneys in America. They are both relatively young. They are both relatively low-profile attorneys, local attorneys without a national presence, until this trial. I think they would also both agree that if Jodi Arias had $5 million in the bank, she could have hired better attorneys. If Jennifer Willmott or Kirk Nurmi had $5 million in the bank and one of them were charged with murder, probably neither one would pick the other to represent them.
This is not a knock on Jennifer or Kirk. They are both good local attorneys but there are better criminal defense attorneys. To complicate things, they were given a case where their defendant had already admitted to committing the charged, very brutal murder. They were given a defendant who had already lied, over and over again, to the police and her then attorneys and to the national media and thus the American public. Kirk and Jennifer had only one defense strategy, had only one way to try and save the life of their client. All they could do is prove or try to prove that Jodi Arias killed Travis in self-defense. That’s it. They couldn’t go out and try to find the real murderer because Jodi Arias had already admitted that she was the real murderer.
They did the best they could to sell the jury the story of self-defense. To do that they needed the jury to believe that Travis was both an abusive boyfriend and a child molester. In my opinion, having heard every word of testimony given in the courtroom, Travis Alexander was neither abusive nor a pedophile.
Anyone can accuse anyone of anything. Many husbands who are going through a divorce where custody is involved find themselves accused of molesting their very own child. Many wives going through a messy divorce where custody is involved and perhaps a new boyfriend, are accused of being unfit mothers, being drug addicts and of being guilty of illicit overt sexual behavior in front of their children.
During a divorce, great emotion can be involved. It can be so bad, so strong, that it is sadly all too common to hear about the soon to be ex-husband, killing the wife or ex-wife’s boyfriend and then killing her and then killing himself.
At this time of unbelievable tumultuous emotion, I can understand why false allegations are aimed at someone who has already hurt you so badly, intentionally or unintentionally, by requesting a divorce or by seeking custody of the children. I can understand it but I cannot forgive it, nor accept it, nor condone it.
That’s probably why I never went to law school. I would find it very, very difficult to defend my client at any cost. Based on all the evidence presented at the Jodi Arias trial, I could not have found Travis Alexander to be an abuser of sufficient merit to have deserved being murdered. I most certainly, based on the evidence at the trial, could never have believed him to be a pedophile.
If I were the attorney representing Jodi Arias, I could not have defamed Travis Alexander by accusing him of things that I did not believe to be true. I know under our American judicial system, the attorney for the defense is required to and expected to be an advocate of the accused. It is an advocacy system. Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott fulfilled their obligation as attorneys in the American judicial system.
They advocated so hard, that in my mind they were guilty of immoral conduct, not as attorneys, they did nothing wrong there, but as human beings. I bet if you hooked up both Jennifer and Kirk to a lie detector, and ask them if they really believed that Travis was a pedophile and abuser, you’d find that they really didn’t and don’t believe that he was.
They advocated for Jodi Arias, then and now. They did their job and I respect them as attorneys, however I don’t have respect for a profession that allows for the professional to accuse a murder victim of horrendous acts without sufficient evidence to merit such defamation.
Now I get it, I know all attorneys have to do this, that’s their job and they know that from the moment they enter law school. It’s not their fault and perhaps it’s no one’s fault because it just might be true that the best way to produce justice for someone accused of a crime is with this advocacy system. Nonetheless, I find it to be reprehensible that Travis Alexander was accused of having committed horrendous acts and having also been a disgusting, perverted, pedophile.
Anyone can be accused of anything at any time (said it before but worth saying it again). They accused Travis but it doesn’t mean that their accusations were true. In fact there was insufficient evidence to even merit bringing an accusation, much less proving one true.
I think that Kirk and Jennifer did a good job defending Jodi Arias, certainly the best that they could do under the circumstances and evidence available to them as defense attorneys. Apparently, the state of Arizona also agreed that they did a good job and proved that by having denied Jodi Arias’s first attempt to have Kirk Nurmi removed from her defense team. I believe, it’s most likely, that her second attempt will also fail.
Remember, she states in her handwritten motion to the Superior Court of Arizona that Kirk Nurmi did attempt to visit her in prison on two occasions. On both occasions, she refused to see him.
Having read that entire document, it becomes very apparent that Jodi blames Kirk for all of the things that she believes went wrong. She blames him but she never blames herself. He was wrong, not her. Isn’t that exactly what she did with Travis Alexander? Things went wrong in their relationship and it was never her fault, it was always Travis’s fault. Anything that went wrong, anything that was wrong was due to a problem of Travis’s.
Even with all of the various incarnations of lies that she provided to the police overtime, she never took responsibility for having done something wrong or simply having been wrong. Even with the fantasy scenarios, the imaginative lies that she provided to the police, none of those fantasies displayed or even implied that she had done anything wrong. She was always the innocent victim. Even in the final scenario that she presented to the police, the last one and the one that she still claims to be true, she did nothing wrong. It wasn’t her fault. She didn’t kill Travis, Travis killed Travis by being a hot head who became enraged when she accidentally dropped his camera. Not her fault.
In her latest petition to the court, she can see no blame on her part. She did nothing wrong, it was Kirk Nurmi. Not her fault, all Kirk’s fault. Nowhere in that document does she state anything to the effect that “in retrospect perhaps I should have accepted Kirk’s attempted visitations to the prison. After all, he took the time and drove over to see me and I at least should have taken the opportunity to tell him what a bad job he did for me and that I no longer wanted him as my attorney.”
Nowhere, in her long written document to the court, does she admit to having done anything wrong. Nor does she admit or point out that Kirk Nurmi did anything right. If you read the document, that she submitted to the court, I think you will clearly see that her attack on Kirk Nurmi is a personal attack. She suggests that he really doesn’t care about her, he just cares about the money that he makes defending her. She talks about how incredibly bad he is as a human being for having instructed his secretary to no longer take messages from her and to having instructed his secretary to hang up on her if she attempts to leave a message.
I think it would be a fair summary of her motion to the court, to say that Kirk Nurmi is a bad guy and a bad attorney. She does not imply or suggest nor state, that Kirk Nurmi is a good guy but nonetheless, a poor attorney.
If we summarize her testimony in court , this was also her opinion of Travis Alexander. He was a bad guy. He was an abuser. He was a pedophile. Our relationship ended up badly. Not my fault.
Kirk Nurmi? He was a bad guy. He did bad things as an attorney. Our relationship ended up badly. Not my fault.