Many trial watchers thought today’s testimony was boring. Jodi’s attorney is much less animated than the prosecutor. It’s difficult to match the intense energy of Juan Martinez.
In case you missed today’s testimony, highlights included:
• Jodi’s attorney requested that Jodi “re-create” the picture of she and her sister that the prosecutor showed the jury to prove that her finger was not injured. In the re-creation, Jodi’s sister was played by his co-defense attorney, Jennifer Willmott. It certainly was odd seeing Jodi standing with her hand around the neck of her attorney.
• The introduction of an edited version of the phone sex call between Jodi and Travis. In this edition, Jodi’s voice was edited out for the purpose of highlighting what Travis said on the tape. It’s surprising that this edited version of the tape was allowed in court. Isolating the words of Travis essentially meant that they were taken out of context. It’s unclear why this would be allowed. In a way, it’s almost like insulting the jury [i.e. pretend you didn't hear what you heard last week and only focus on Travis, the victim, who we are trying to make look like bad guy]. Hopefully, the jurors will have access to both tapes, the edited and unedited version, or they can simply recall what they heard earlier in the case.
• The introduction of additional entries of Jodi’s diary. In many of the entries, she wrote about her love for Travis and about suicide. She became upset when reading one particular journal entry in which she described in detail her thoughts about ending her life. Many people felt that it was callous of her to become upset about this journal entry. The purpose of these new journal entries, was to give Jodi the opportunity to again explain why she did not write anything negative about Travis in her journal. Some of the journal entries were ripped out of the journal, the intended implication being that Travis removed these entries.
Despite Jodi’s defense attorneys attempting to do damage control, the fact remains that there is no corroborating evidence to support her assertion that Travis was abusive. To believe Jodi’s story, you would have to believe her words, the words of a known and admitted liar.
After the re-cross of Jodi is complete, the defense will call psychological experts to explain Jodi’s behavior in the context of a battered woman or a woman involved in a domestic violence relationship.
What do you think? Are you buying Jodi’s self-defense story?