The Jodi Arias Sentencing Trial Continues

Hang in there. It won’t last forever.

According to reports, the trial will end in February but I am holding off on any analysis of the case until I can view the courtroom video testimony.

In the meantime, want to discuss the trial? Head over to the message board where there are in-depth and intelligent discussions going on about the case.

Below are some recent pictures from the courtroom.

Kirk Nurmi Wants Off The Case & Other Jodi Arias Legal News

There have been a few tidbits of news about the Jodi Arias case. At a recent hearing, she asked for a delay in the case because one of her attorneys, Kirk Nurmi, wanted off the case. Their relationship has been described as being severely “fractured.”Jodi and Jen W

Juan Martinez vehemently argued against the delay, but no ruling was made.

Since the hearing, the judge has ruled against Kirk Nurmi’s millionth time trying to get off the case. Apparently, he will be there for the trial.

I don’t doubt that Kirk Nurmi wants off the case, but I also wonder if this issue could be used in an appeal, perhaps to argue that she had incompetent legal representation. Any lawyers know the answer to that question?

It’s also unclear whether she will serve as her own attorney. In the recent hearing, Jodi said that she no longer wanted to be her own attorney and that Jennifer Willmot will be taking over. It’s not clear whether that is official, especially with her other attorney constantly attempting to be removed from the case.

Other new information involves Jodi’s list of witnesses. She is apparently added Sky and Chris Hughes to her witness list. If you recall, this couple was very good friends with Travis Alexander. They hung out with Jodi and Travis, but eventually, grew weary of Jodi.

The couple eventually became frightened of Jodi and no longer wanted her in their home.

Stay tuned. I’m sure there’ll be much more news to follow in this never-ending Jodi drama.

Prosecutors Request Judge Deny Defense Request to Delay Retrial

Jodi Arias’ defense attorneys recently filed a motion to push back the penalty phase of her trial until January 2014 due to scheduling conflicts. Mr. Nurmi will be out of the office quite a bit in July. Jennifer Willmott has five different trials set for the summer of 2013.

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The Jodi Arias Trial: The Behind-the-Scenes Phone Sex Tape Legal Discussions

Judge Sherry Stevens of the Jodi Arias case has been releasing previously unsealed court documents to the public. The most recent release includes the in-chamber discussions about the infamous phone sex tape. The lawyers are arguing about whether or not the contents of the tape qualify as hearsay or as the “truth of the matter asserted.”

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The Jodi Arias Trial: Is Jodi A Good Girl & Why Do You Care?

Shortly after her conviction, Jodi gave a number of interviews. The details of those interviews have trickled out slowly over time. In one of those interviews, the interviewer asked her how hard it would be for her to deal with the fact that she murdered Travis.  She responded that it made her feel ugly inside. She then went on to say “I know that’s just one day but I feel like even though it shouldn’t, it’s going to define the rest of my life.”

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Jury Foreman William Zervakos: Was His Age An Issue?

I’ve had two or three loyal readers take the time to write comments about William Zervakos and his age. William Zervakos is nearly 70 years old and the woman on trial was only 27 at the time she murdered Travis Alexander.

Should a 70-year-old man judge a 27-year-old woman? Should a Native American judge a non-Native American? Should people with blond hair judge brunettes? Should really tall people judge really short people?

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Jodi Arias Trial: Her Statement To The Jury

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.”

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