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The Jodi Arias show goes on and on

300px-Seal_of_Maricopa_County%2C_Arizona.svg The Jodi Arias show goes on and on
Seal of Maricopa County, Arizona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jodi Arias was found guilty of murder in the first degree in May of this year 2013 for the brutal slaying of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander on June 4th 2008. I think most people would agree that the way the Jodi Arias trial has been conducted is a very bad advertisement for the adversarial approach to justice and the judicial system in Arizona. It’s difficult to imagine a trial in Europe being conducted in such a manner, whether under the ‘inquisitorial’ system or the ‘adversarial’ system. I have been following the trial closely from shortly after the opening (Jan 2nd 2013).

300px-Seal_of_Maricopa_County%2C_Arizona.svg The Jodi Arias show goes on and on
The image represents Maricopa County Court House, an Art Deco administrative building located in downtown Phoenix, Arizona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although Jodi Arias was found guilty in Maricopa County, Arizona of murder in the first degree the jury were unable to reach agreement when it came to the sentencing phase regarding whether or not she should receive the death penalty. She has languished in prison for more than five years and still, as of now, her fate is undecided. The amount of controversy, hatred and passion that has been fuelled by an insatiable media circus is very sad. Seldom, if ever, has a low profile person been exposed publicly to such a degree. The jury was not sequestered, some of them may have been threatened, witnesses certainly were and some refused to give, what may have been, vital evidence. The prosecution’s case was built on circumstantial evidence and Juan Martinez had a difficult time in proving much of what he presented to the jury. In addition a number of vital witnesses appeared to have been less than credible. Perjury is a serious offence. Yet it appears now, and sometimes seemed obvious during the trial, that, not just one but, a number of witnesses perjured themselves. Jodi Arias, herself, admitted to lying and changing her story several times. Add to all this, the fact that there was no adequate protection for the jury or witnesses and it is difficult to see how this could possibly have been a fair trial for Alexander or Arias.

I wasn’t in the least bit surprised that the Jury did not impose the death penalty? How could they when they had based their verdict on circumstantial evidence. I just hope that they didn’t feel so guilty that they had returned a Murder One verdict that this was the only way they could say ‘we are sorry Jodi Arias’. But please understand that we feared for our own safety so we sacrificed you.

But it is far from over yet. There is to be an ‘Evidentiary hearing’ on 27th September, followed by ‘Oral argument’ on 4th October and ‘Settlement conference’ on the 24th October. Then undoubtedly there will be the appeal process. All the time the supporters of Travis Alexander will no doubt continue baying for blood, Jodi Arias’s supporters will keep saying it was self-defence and the media will continue fleecing the public of their hard-earned cash. Even a made for TV movie ‘Dirty Little Secret’ was released in June, apparently shot in 16 days and is classified as a drama. Nothing would surprise me now. I won’t be surprised if some people face perjury charges, if this eventually goes down as a miscarriage of justice or even if an appeal is upheld.

0 thoughts on “The Jodi Arias show goes on and on

  1. Hi Geebee. Thanks for your comments. I don’t believe that is what happened either. I just put it out there as a possible scenario which, as I said, I hope isn’t true. If you think the jury failed to understand the evidence, that is a perfectly reasonable assumption. However, if that assumption is true they could only have reached a verdict if they were unaware of their failing to understand. In other words; if they knew they didn’t understand the evidence they should not have reached a verdict. That is why I posed the scenario that in hindsight or fear of reprisal they may have felt their verdict was wrong. Regards James

  2. I just want to say thank you for looking at this from all angles. You hit the nail right on the head when you mentioned how the media has had such a detrimental affect on this trial. Not only that, but now the whole Arias family has been dealing with Social Media Harassment issues. There is a person who owns a website who has not only posted degrading comments and pictures of most of the Arias family, but also parts of out addresses and work places! Every day I fear for the safety of my family, that one of these followers of this website is going to show up at our door and try to harm us! I’m currently taking steps toward filing a complaint with the FBI, but I really don’t know how much that will help. Anyway, thanks again for posting a more real and fair opinion about this trial. Sincerely,

    1. Monique. This case has concerned me from the start and there is so much that just doesn’t make sense. I have a strong feeling that we may never know the true facts and have wanted to write something for some time. Since I got this Blog going in August I thought this may be an opportunity. I am aware of and have given it a wide berth since first seeing the content. I can’t imagine how you and your family must feel but I do empathise with you. The things that sadden me most are: the bitterness and hatred that has been directed by many towards another human being, the unprofessional and irresponsible attitude of sections of the media and the disdain and contempt for the truth and justice shown by many. No doubt you aware of Richard Speight’s splendid Blog Keep your chin up. Regards James

  3. “But please understand that we feared for our own safety so we sacrificed you.”

    I don’t believe that is what happened, I think the jurors did the best they could, but failed to understand the evidence, due partly to the circus atmosphere, partly due to the difficulty of the case, partly because the trial was badly managed, and the jurors not properly helped ( electronic devices in the jury room – I ask you! )

    Anyway, I am English, and have brother-in-law in Thailand, so nice to hear your perspective.

    I am also absolutely certain Jodi is innocent, but appreciate other people may not have studied the evidence carefully ( and even evidence that was not presented in court )

    Good article though


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