Dr. Hayes was by far the strongest witness in the entirety of the Jodi Arias trial. She was unyielding, unmovable, intelligent and charming. If I had to describe her in one word it would be “disarming.”
She used her southern charm, her country girl persona, to completely repel and dismiss every attempted attack by the not-so-charming, Jennifer Willmott. Jennifer was up to her old tricks. She tried her best to diminish Dr. Hayes in the eyes of the jury but it was all to no avail.
When defense attorney Jennifer Willmott tried to get Dr. Hayes to agree that the summation tables were important and that the directions for the test gave instructions on how to prepare summation tables, Dr. Hayes disagreed. She more than disagreed she told Jennifer that she, Jennifer, was completely wrong.
Jennifer didn’t like that answer, not even a little bit. She sarcastically said to Dr. Hayes, “oh so you think there are no instructions on preparing the summation tables? Dr. Hayes replied, “yes that is correct there are no directions for preparing summary tables.”
Dr. Hayes, then went on to say that she had called the psychological resource center, which is responsible for selling and distributing the test, spoke to them and was told that the summation tables were unnecessary and were only generated by computer scoring.
Again with feigned shock, Jennifer Willmott said “oh so you didn’t know whether or not you were supposed to use the summation tables?” She said it as if Dr. Hayes was obviously a fool and an idiot, like even a defense attorney knows you are supposed to use the summary tables, duh!
Once again, Dr Hayes had the masterful last word. “I knew that they were not of value but this is a capital murder case and I wanted to be completely sure.” Jennifer was mired in her own ineptitude. It was a capital case, Jodi’s life is on the line. How could she criticize Dr. Hayes for wanting to be completely sure? Should she even go there? She chose to move on.
Remember that the summation tables are just a convenient summary of the information that is already readily available in the test results.
Defense attorney Jennifer Willmott had hit a brick wall. She was wrong, completely wrong and now the jury had just seen just how wrong she was. This was a rather large point because the summary tables had been used in an attempt to discredit Dr. DeMarte.
The defense’s point was “Dr. DeMarte is no good because she didn’t prepare the summary tables.” Now keep in mind, that there is absolutely no new information available in the summary tables. There was no reason to prepare the summary tables and no benefit from having done so but the defense team had tried more deceptive sleight of hand in an attempt to fool the jury.
Attorney Willmott was forced to move on. If you re-watch this part of the video, you will see that Jennifer Willmott was surprised and had no idea how to save herself.
She then went on to the post-traumatic stress test, you know the one where Jodi lied about the trauma. This is the one where Jodi says that she had been attacked by a male and female ninja. That was Jodi’s lie du jour when she took the test so she maintained the deception when answering questions at the beginning of the exam about the seminal traumatic event.
Of course she would later change to yet a different lie. No ninjas anymore. Now it would be self-defense against the woman-beating-pedophile.
But don’t forget she took this test long ago while she was still holding firm to her ninja lie. Dr. Hayes did something that no other prosecution witness could do, she made it clear why the test would be invalid and was invalid because Jodi lied about the seminal traumatic event.
Jennifer Willmott’s position was that it really didn’t matter that Jodi lied because traumatic stress is traumatic stress, whether it came from a tiger or a bear. But Dr. Hayes, made something very clear, something that even Juan Martinez had not been able to sufficiently bring across.
Now also remember that every question after question 14 (the one where the traumatic event that supposedly produced trauma is specified) is self-report. In other words it just asks you, “do you have bad dreams? How bad are they on the scale of 0 to 3.”
The answers that the test-taker reports, are added up and the total is compared to a cutoff point. If they add up to enough, bingo, you have post-traumatic stress disorder. And that’s, Jennifer Willmott’s whole point. She’s saying “hey if the score is high enough, you sure qualify for post-traumatic stress.”
Well of course Jennifer’s point is disingenuous, in fact it’s misleading and deceptive.
But here’s the point that Juan had been trying to bring across and the one that Dr. Hayes made crystal clear. If you know someone was deliberately deceptive in the first part of the test, then it is quite reasonable to conclude that they are very likely to be deceptive in the rest of the test.
She lied about there being two strangers who attacked her. Why did she lie about that when taking a test about post-traumatic stress? She lied on the test so that she would be consistent with the lies that she was telling everybody else, that there were two ninjas. In other words, she didn’t care about the test, or the need to be honest.
There is an underlying assumption behind every one of these types of tests and that assumption is that the test-taker is not lying. After all, you are coming for help, coming to a professional and they are using a test to try and find out what’s wrong with you, so that they can best help you.
It’s the same assumption that your PCP has when you make an appointment. The assumption is, you want help and what you are telling him or her is the truth. After all, why would you go to the doctor and lie to him if you want to his help?
People do lie to their PCPs, when they are not injured but are attempting to get money from an insurance company or to get more time off from work. If there is secondary gain, even your trusted PCP may become suspicious.
There’s no doubt that Jodi Arias lied at the beginning of the post-traumatic stress test. She admitted it. Can we, or Dr. Samuels, or Dr. DeMarte or Dr. Hayes, safely assume that she would not and did not lie on the second part of the test? No of course not. But what we can safely assume is that Jodi Arias felt no need to be honest on the first half of the test. She felt no need to be honest because she would benefit greatly by being diagnosed as having post-traumatic stress. She needed and to this day, needs us to believe that she has post-traumatic stress because without post-traumatic stress there is absolutely no explanation for her excessive mutilation of Travis. One simply does not cut another person’s throat in self-defense. You don’t stab someone 29 times in self-defense.
If you have terrible fears and demons swirling through your head and someone pushes the wrong button, then you might go a little crazy and cut someone’s throat and stab them 29 times. That’s the post-traumatic stress defense. That’s why it’s so important for Jodi’s defense team to get the jury to buy the big lie about post-traumatic stress.
Dr. Hayes was the last witness for the prosecution and the best. Not the best of the last but the best of the entire trial. Dr. Hayes made it clear that it was only common sense that if someone lies at the beginning of the test then you have to assume that they’ve lied on the rest of the test and thus the test results are invalid.
With disarming Southern charm, Dr. Hayes met the advancing charge of Jennifer Willmott, defeated her every move and sent her packing.
If you live in the North you should be glad that there weren’t any female confederate generals in the Civil War. If ya’ll live in the South, I bet you wish there had been.