Watch The Jodi Arias Trial Live Here & Updates — (#5)
….FROM HLT TV NEWS: Last week, the defense domestic violence expert faced tough cross examination from the prosecutor and skeptical questions from the jury.
Prosecutor Juan Martinez spent much of the week attempting to use defense domestic violence expert Alyce LaViolette’s own words and theories against her.
He questioned how she uses a diagram illustrating what she calls the continuum of aggression and abuse. LaViolette said it was part of the framework she uses in general, but her assessment of Arias is not based on it.
Throughout the week, Martinez repeatedly reminded LaViolette that she had said during her direct testimony that 90% of communication was non-verbal, but she did not personally interview anyone other than Arias in preparation for the case.
“That would mean you were 90% wrong,” Martinez said Monday of LaViolette’s interpretations of Travis Alexander’s writings and text messages. LaViolette maintained that she read enough interview transcripts, texts, instant messages and emails to have the proper context to evaluate Arias.
Revisiting LaViolette’s “Was Snow White a Battered Woman?” presentation, Martinez asked whether she spoke to anyone involved in the fairy tale before assessing that case. LaViolette responded that she did not speak to any of the seven dwarves. LaViolette was also questioned about the things she chose to believe or dismiss from Travis Alexander’s communication with other women. Martinez asked LaViolette if she was a “human lie detector” and later referred to her as the “gatekeeper” of what evidence is or is not believable.
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