Jodi spoke to the jury today. She told the jury that every time, including the most recent time, that she has publicly said that she chose death over a life sentence, she meant it. So in essence she’s saying that nothing has changed. Then she goes on to say that though she meant what she said and was sincere in preferring the death penalty, when she said it, she lacked “perspective.”
Later on she reveals to us what that perspective was. The new perspective and why she thinks a life sentence would be preferable, is not because she still does not prefer death to life, it’s because her getting the death penalty would be hard on her family. If you listen to her words carefully, she remains consistent and strong in her preference for the death penalty. It is her personal choice. But Jodi being the ever self-sacrificing humanitarian is willing to put up with life to spare her family from her dying. That’s what she said. Her ego was unbent, yielding not an inch.
The best example of an ego that is completely out of control was her humorous moment when giving her presentation to the jury. She was going through pictures of her childhood and later years and then came to a picture were her hair was a reddish blonde or blondish red color.
She stopped her presentation to make an aside to the jury. She smiled and said in reference to the hair color on the screen, as if hair color had some importance to the jury “that’s when I was coming out of my red hair phase.” She smiled as if someone cared. It was a little side humor, something you might say when showing a picture to your friends in the office. The only problem was, it was a completely inappropriate moment. These weren’t her friends at the office. These were 12 individuals who would decide if they were going to kill her or not. There is no room for humor when talking to your possible executioners.
I have much more to say about this but I’d like to leave you with one last thought. Once again Jodi bashed Travis. She brought to the jury, for show and tell purposes, a T-shirt that she is selling on the Internet. It clearly says on the Internet, “that a portion of the profits would go to charity.” She told the jury that “100% of the profits were going to charity.”
She then told the jury that she knows that some people don’t think she was a victim of domestic violence and they are entitled to their opinion but that she really is a victim of domestic violence. So her story continues. The lies about domestic violence continue. The bashing of Travis continues. Why continue the lie now since the jury didn’t buy it in the first place? Ego demands that. I don’t know if you’ve noticed in your life experience but when you catch someone in a lie, if it is someone who rarely lies they will quickly admit it. However if it’s someone who is a compulsive liar, they won’t give up the lie. No matter what and no matter how silly and how caught they are, they keep lying. They might even add on to the lie and make it even more ridiculous and grandiose. Why? Because their ego demands it.
In the beginning of her statement to the jury, Jodi says that she mistakenly gave those early interviews to the media. Those hour-long documentaries were a mistake according to Jodi.
Depending on what part of the country or world you live in, somewhere near the evening in my part of the world the judge lifted the ban on Jodi’s interviews to the press. Within minutes Jodi had begun scheduling hour and a half long interviews with different TV stations. That’s ego folks.