The jurors in the Jodi Arias case are amazingly sharp. They were harder on Ms. LaViolette than they were on Dr. Samuels which suggests they do not see her as credible. Their questions were scathing and sarcastic. They seemed to be taunting Ms. LaViolette. They also don’t seem to be buying Jodi’s version of events. I have a compiled a list of some of the most condemning jury questions posed to Ms. LaViolette.
Q1. Since you are hired for this case to look into Travis and Jodi’s relationship to determine whether or not this was an abusive relationship, why would you not look further into Travis’s texts about him fearing Jodi. Do you feel this may have been important?
Q.2 On the one side, we have the multiple verbal slurs, a slap, shove, chokehold, and a lunge perpetrated on Jodi. On the other we have a gunshot to the head, a 4-inch deep slit throat and close to 30 stab wounds delivered by Jodi to Travis. Is not the perpetrator of the greatest domestic violence Jodi?
Q3. When Jodi went to confront Bianca about being with Matt McCartney can’t that be seen as she did it because she was jealous?
Q4. Jodi went through Travis’s emails, text messages and his inbox of his MySpace page. Did you take any of that into consideration when making your assessment?
Q5. Please explain why you feel Jodi is not manipulative either before or after the killing based on your review of statements and interviews.
Q6. In all the evidence you reviewed was there any indication anywhere of Travis claiming stalking by anyone else other than Jodi?
Q.7 In the hypothetical given by Mr. Martinez about it being possible Travis was the one who told Jodi he wanted her to leave, if that were true, then isn’t it likely Travis never hit her that day?
Q8. Can you explain how Ms. Arias can remember physical abuse incidents so vividly but does not write anything, not even a reference to her feelings in the journal?
Q9. You have many years of experience dealing with abusive men, is that correct? If so, wouldn’t by far the majority of men you have dealt with throughout your career been abusive?
Q10. Is it possible your view of men in general is skewed or biased toward being abusive?
Q11. How many men have you testified for in criminal court?
Q12. Do you handle cases where the female is the abuser?
Q13. Of the times you’ve testified in other cases, how many of these were in defense of men?
Q14. Of the 18 forensic cases, how many were cases where the male was the victim of abuse and not a perpetrator?
Q15. You said other sources said Jodi was not manipulative, who are the sources?
Q16. If the defendant feels she has a high IQ, is it possible she would try to outsmart psychological tests?
Q17. Jodi’s old friend stated she was manipulative and liked to play the victim. Even though that was in high school, is it possible that those traits would stay with Jodi as she got older?
Q18. Is there any reason we should believe that Jodi has not manipulated you as she has others?
Q19. Why have you looked at Ms. Arias multiple times during the cross-examination with the prosecutor when there are breaks and sidebars to meet eyes with Jodi and give her a small, warm smile?
Q20. Do you have personal feelings for Jodi or feel sorry for her?
Q21. On April 9th at approximately 11:33 AM when discussing Jodi being manipulative at the Purple Plum and what the waitress said about Jodi when the prosecutor was marking the exhibit you looked at Jodi, gave a half-smile and shrugged your shoulders. Why do you keep doing this?
Q.22 Considering the lies Jodi told after killing Travis why would you believe the things she told you happened before the killing?
Q.23 When interviewing Jodi, you claim you did not ask leading questions. If someone asks a specific question unless it’s a simple yes or no response, would you consider that a leading question?
Q24. You say Travis gives no indication of being stalked, displays no fearful behavior and continued his contact with Jodi of his own accord. How do you reconcile Jodi’s claim of domestic violence if she continued her contact with Travis of her own accord. Where was her fearful behavior?
Q.25 You stated that it would be beneficial for Jodi to write things she was lying about in her journal to “buck up” her story. How would she write about these things in her journal if her story didn’t change until well after the killing, hypothetically speaking?
Q.26 You say Jodi’s lies started after she killed Travis, how could you possibly know this?
Q27. Regarding the text message from Travis to Jodi where he is upset about her BS story from Michelle K or Alena. What was the BS story and where did you get the story from? You stated that Travis was the one lying in this message. How do you know this for sure? How can you know that Jodi’s BS story is not a lie, not the subject but the actual story that was told?
Q28. You seem to believe that when the argument began between Jodi and Travis prior to the Havasupai trip when he followed her upstairs, that he only wanted to pursue an argument. How do you know he did not want to get the issue resolved and calm her and may have embarrassed at her behavior in front of the Freemans?
Q29. You stated that you saw no signs of evidence of Travis feeling or experiencing sexual degradation at the hands of Jodi, noting his desire to see Jodi in California, his actions on the sex call and comments in various texts, instant messages, etc. Couldn’t that same argument be made regarding Jodi’s alleged sexual degradation given her desire to see Travis, her actions on the sex call and various comments in instant messages, texts, etc?
Q30. You testified writings could have supported her statements, however, is it possible the incidents of abuse reported by Jodi were reported after the fact as a secondary gain to benefit her?
Q31. Do you have any evidence other than Jodi’s word that Travis made her tear out pages in her journal and write only positive things?
Q32. Who from Jodi’s past did you interview that you were able to rule out Jodi’s manipulative behavior being a pattern?
Q33. You told us at the beginning of your testimony that you liked to meet with each individual before analyzing the relationship. We have heard Jodi’s side of the story. Can you tell us Travis’s side of the story?
Q34. Are you confused on any of the details of that afternoon [of the murder]?
Q35. If it is normal to keep information about one’s sexual life private, why do you think Travis’s attempts to keep those things private is deceptive?
Q.36 Did you ever see evidence that Jodi was openly sharing all of her most private sexual details with her friends and family? Would you consider that deceptive?
Q.37 You bought Ms. Arias books, apologized upon meeting her, and ordered her a magazine subscription. Did you do anything else to establish a relationship with Jodi?
Q38. Have you given her anything else?
Q39. Have you had any physical contact with her, hugs, friendly touching, etc.?
Q40. How do you know Jodi received Spiderman underwear from Travis on Valentine’s Day? Did you see them, pictures or anything else?
Q41. Other than what Jodi has told you, what other sources did you see evidence of physical violence by Travis?
Q42. Regarding nonverbal communication, do you think that you can read through a string of emails, text messages, instant messages between two people and know exactly what the nonverbal communication is? How do you know tone, meaning, inside jokes and the meaning if you cannot get both sides of the story?
Q42. You mentioned that Travis was in a seven year relationship with Deanna. Are you aware of anyone interviewing her to determine if she was a victim or survivor? Did you interview her?
Q43. You keep saying that Jodi does not match your definition of manipulative. Is it possible that your definition of manipulation differs from others? Is it possible that your definition is wrong?
Q44. Yesterday you were asked about Jodi being an abuser toward her mother and you stated it was normal teenage behavior. Do you honestly believe that hitting and kicking your parents is normal behavior at any age?