It is never a dull moment in the Jodi Arias trial. This is the trial of the State of Arizona versus Jodi Arias, trial for the murder of Travis Alexander. But the fact that it is such an intense case, with intense drama, every single day is the very reason this case has garnered an international an online audience. The human race is intrigued by drama, and there is no shortage in this case. Last year Jodi Arias was convicted of first degree murder of her lover Travis Alexander, and she has awaited sentencing since. Whether or not Jodi Arias is guilty is not a question in this trial, she is and always will be a convicted felon. Jodi’s first jury in 2013 could not decide between life in prison or the death penalty, and thus this decision is the only task this current jury is faced with. Even so, based on how this trial has been going, it appears that some supporters of Jodi think this retrial of the sentencing phase is a retrial of her guilt. It is not. She is and always will be a convicted felon. In Monday’s testimony before the Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Arizona, Jodi Arias put a sex expert on the stand in an effort to create an abuser out of the victim in this case. Eyewitness News 3 out of Arizona also reported on Nov. 17 that court was ended abruptly on Monday due to an emergency situation.
Testimony on Day 11 of the retrial of the sentencing phase of Jodi Arias centered around testimony from a clinical sex expert. Even so, this testimony was book ended with drama. On one end was drama over the pornography files we previously reported on that were allegedly found on the computer of Travis Alexander. On the other bookend was the drama of an emergency adjournment of court.
Reporter and legal expert Beth Karas told CBS 5 that as far as the emergency situation is concerned, “these kinds of things happen.” She said,
“It could be something in the personal life of one of the defense attorneys, or Juan Martinez, or the judge. How unusual is it for the Jodi Arias case? It is very typical. This case moves at a snail’s pace.”
CBS 5 has also learned that the emergency situation had nothing to do with the actual case. It also had nothing to do with any of the jurors on the case. Before this happened however, there was enough drama in the court day to have everybody talking by the end of it.
Fox 10 for Arizona said yesterday that court started with a motion being filed by Juan Martinez on all of the pornography files allegedly found on the personal computer of Travis Alexander. Here is what we know about the computer, alleged pornography, and virus issue, and what we know about how each side feels about it. There may or may not have once been “thousands of porn files” on the personal computer of Travis Alexander.
If they existed, someone may or may not have accessed them on June 10, 2008. Travis Alexander died June 4, 2008. Both the State and the defense can agree that at least for now, the existence of those files is difficult to prove. Both the State and the defense can also agree that the “thousands of porn files” do not currently exist on the same computer. Neither side can agree on how files that may or may not have once existed, may or may not have disappeared.
The most recent motion from the defense on this issue alleges someone from the prosecution camp deleted the files that may or may not exist. The most recent motion from the State alleges that the alleged computer in question that belonged to the victim Travis Alexander allegedly had a software program on it that blocked porn.
The State is also alleging something that sounds like a hard drive switch. It is also being alleged that the hard drive that came back to the State after it was in the defense’s hands, was not the hard drive of Travis Alexander.
Whose was it? We don’t know for sure, but we do know there’s someone named Tony missing a hard drive somewhere in Arizona. That’s a true story. We also know that Juan Martinez was more than a little ticked about the hard drive switcheroo and has requested either the proper hard drive, or a meeting between Kirk Nurmi and the Ethics board.
There are many questions that stem from all of this, besides the obvious “how is this relevant” question. The most obvious one being, why would the prosecution have any interest in deleting “thousands of porn files” from the victim’s personal computer? They had blood from Jodi Arias, they had a bloody palm print from Jodi Arias, they had blood from Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias combined.
They had her shoes at the scene. They had definitive proof from a rental car company and receipts that she was there. They also knew that she was the only one there, and that it is physically impossible to put 9 stab wounds in your back, and also shoot yourself in the head. They did not have any Ninja DNA. They also had the piece de resistance, the camera that took pictures the whole time. They didn’t need it. But it helped.
Porn files don’t. Porn files don’t help either side, actually. So why would the prosecution spend the time, and the stake on their personal careers, deleting thousands of files from the victim’s computer that have no relevance on this case? Why is the defense doing everything they can to get this into trial?
Monday’s court session offered a hint. On the stand was an expert that has years of experience with sexual deviancy that offered her “expert opinion” on this case. Dr. Fonseca does not have years of experience on this case. She does allege to be an expert on Travis’s best friends, Chris and Sky Hughes, and why they may or may not have said or written certain things, though we have learned she has never interviewed them once.
We also know she has never met Travis Alexander, the victim in this case, who actually is the best expert on this relationship. He saw the worst of it, up close and personal, and died because of it. But the defense doesn’t want to talk about his story, those moments. They would rather discuss how he may or may not have used his computer, and read emails that also have no relevance to this case.
Today’s “sex expert” testimony centered around emails and text messages before an unknown emergency put an abrupt halt in proceedings. Court reporter Beth Karas noted that the jurors were taking a lot of notes today. Text messages that were revealed today, revealed that Travis Alexander likes sex and were used as an attempt to show that Travis was emotionally abusive.
Of course anyone that watched the trial last year will remember that Jodi’s original story was that he was physically abusive. That one didn’t stick too well and so it appears this is the next defense they are trying to make stick. What this appears to translate to as an actual defense is, “Travis was a sexual deviant and thus was abusive to Jodi and thus she had not choice but to kill him.”
One of the first emails read was one between Travis Alexander and a lover of his named Lisa Andrews. The portion that was read, was Travis writing,
“You told me to seduce you. I admit I do like to see you in that state….when I have control over you.”
In addition to this email there were more. Yes, Dr. Fonseca testified Lisa Andrews was not the only girl that Travis was sexually attracted to. He had a “bank of emails” allegedly asking women for pictures. He did this while keeping Jodi Arias as his lover, and also having a girlfriend.
Gasp worthy? Not yet. All this tells us is that he enjoyed dating, and he enjoyed dating a lot. He was a 29 or 30 year old man through his relationship with Jodi, and by all accounts, was fairly clear with every woman where they stood with him. That does not make him a bad guy. Even if it did, that does not make him emotionally abusive, and it certainly isn’t a motive for murder or a mitigating factor that makes it okay to do what she has confessed to doing.
But the defense was building and saving their “best” gasp worthy material for last. Dr. Fonseca then testified that the turning point between the relationship of Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias was when Jodi walked in to his bedroom one day and caught Travis masturbating to a picture of a little boy in underpants. Dr. Fonseca has not seen the picture Travis was allegedly masturbating to, nobody has.
It seems like wherever the defense likes to “keep their evidence” is a very windy place. But Dr. Fonseca, like all others on the defense team, take Jodi Arias at her word that this picture did at one point exist. We also know that Dr. Fonseca is being paid $300 an hour by the State of Arizona for her testimony.
This alleged “turning point”, the pedophilia picture, was the beginning of the end for Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander, allegedly. This was in January 2008. The defense used this testimony to creep up to more testimony that alleged, or supported any notion, that Travis was into young girls, or young boys.
An instant message conversation was also brought up. That message was read out loud as follows,
“Friend: Sara is way too cute but a little young.
Travis: No such thing.”
It was shortly after this was testified to that the sister of Travis Alexander, Samantha, had to leave the courtroom. The defense began working into their illusions of evidence that they feel point to Travis Alexander’s pedophilia problem. Granted, as Jeff Gold from the Gold Patrol pointed out, the sex expert could not bring herself to use the actual word “pedophilia” or anything related to that word, but had no problem suggesting it.
She claimed that she “found more evidence” that showed “Travis had an interest for individuals under the age of 18.” She referred to the infamous sex tape as that evidence where Travis stated that he liked 12 year old girls. A naked picture of Jodi was shown in pigtails, this was also “evidence” that the clinical psychologist feels shows Travis Alexander to be a pedophile. According to Michael Keiffer from the Arizona Republic, she also said,
“It would be foolish to ignore these things that keep popping up. It’s difficult to hear…to testify to.”
Does anyone else find it strange that someone that makes a living working out sexual deviancy with people, and spends all day every day talking about kinky sex with people, and has for years, but has a difficult time testifying to these very “uncomfortable” words? Maybe that’s not what the doctor is uncomfortable testifying to. Maybe she’s uncomfortable because she herself doesn’t believe that her 2 examples of alleged pedophilia that “keep popping up”, aren’t actually examples of pedophilia?
But the dragging through the mud did not stop there. The defense had one more card in their sleeve to make Travis Alexander look like a real pervert. This was an email from a parent, asking Travis to stop emailing his child. According to ABC 15 tweeting live from the courtroom, an email with subject line “Lexy, the proof is in the pudding” from Damien Ashdown read,
“Stop emailing my 9-year-old daughter. Thanks.”
We have since learned from the Facebook page The State vs Jodi Arias that this email actually has a reasonable context and explanation. A business colleague from Pre Paid Legal Services (PPL) said,
“Travis sent hundreds of emails out every month promoting his PPL business. I’ve sent the very same email out with the subject line ‘the proof is in the pudding.’ Obviously the email went to the wrong person. You have to be 18 to work with PPL so it had to be a wrong address. This was sent out through an automatic system so the child could have received several over many weeks and it’s no wonder the dad asked that his daughter be removed.”
After this testimony, Kirk Nurmi was of course obliged to put this email in context. He asked Dr. Fonseca if this email may have possibly had anything to do with Travis’s business. She replied, “Possibly.” What does this testimony do for the defense then?
Another member of the State of Arizona versus Jodi Arias page commented on this,
“This is exactly why her entire testimony is questionable. She’s making accusations without investigating what was meant or caused these words on paper. She’s just creating a story to follow Jodi’s lies without verifying any of it.”
She was not the only member of the public that had a very big problem with this testimony. Although the public has been well aware that the allegations against Travis were going to come out, they are still outraged now that it is happening. Kelly the Canadian writer over at the Really Big Mean Dog wrote about this yesterday as well, echoing the sentiments of many. She said she has serious questions about it.
“Questions like how is a paid expert allowed to give an opinion on a seven year old email with no context and without speaking with either of the people the email was between seeing as one of them is dead and the other was not approached. How is that not all just hearsay? How is there any foundation for the email?”
But alas, these were not the only questions the public was asking after yesterday’s court testimony. David Erickson tweeted the same thing this reporter has been asking since all of these pornography and pedophilia evidence began. David said,
“I have no idea whether Travis Alexander liked young girls. I also have no idea how it’s relevant to whether Jodi Arias should be put to death.”
Surprisingly enough, it was not the pedophilia suggestions from the sex expert that created the real “gasp out loud” moment of the day. According to Jenn Wood from the Trial Diaries this occurred after the lunch break when court was brought to an emergency halt due to an emergency situation. Nobody really knows what the emergency situation entailed, but CBS 5 has confirmed it had nothing to do with the actual trial, or with any of the jurors.
Tweets from the reporters inside the courtroom can be seen in the slideshow here. Court will adjourn due to this emergency until Thursday of this week.
It is clear how the public supporting the prosecution feels about this chain of events. They are reacting as expected when unsubstantiated allegations of child porn rise to the occasion. How is the defense reacting?
The defense still believes Jodi Arias may be home by Christmas, and has hinted on social media that some interesting evidence is coming out this week that will lend some support to their claims, that “is the break that Jodi needed.” On one social media page, a defense supporter wrote,
“There has been some drama happening . The defense has claimed witness tampering of some porn photos by none other than Flores [lead detective] and company!!!!! They want to get the case out already. This is the break that Jodi needed. Stay tuned for more details in the coming days . Stay strong, Jodi. LUV YA GIRL.”
The Twitter account being managed for Jodi Ann Arias is also hinting at the same thing. Many may remember when we reported Jodi’s parents Bill and Sandy Arias had posted a begging video for Jodi’s appeals fund. That video was removed from YouTube for violating standards. For those that have missed the begging video by Jodi’s parents, Jodi Ann Arias Twitter page has a link for that. The Jodi Arias Twitter page also tweeted this week,
“NEW FORENSICS EVIDENCE PROVES TA USED HIS P/C TO VIEW CHILD PORN! #JodiArias & the truth are NOT strangers after all.
Get the feeling that this week will have a lot of interesting revealing info at #JodiArias trial. The truth will set Jodi free.”
In addition to this, Jodi Arias is asking whoever is tweeting on her behalf to make her tweets echo the possibility that she was an abused woman. One tweet from “Jodi Arias” this week was a quote from Susan B. Anthony. It said,
“A woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.”
Is that what Jodi Arias is doing with these porn and pedophilia suggestions? Protecting herself? Jodi Arias trial is expected to resume on Thursday Nov. 20.