Jodi Arias Trial Sealed Transcripts (Court Documents) Released

1Jodi Arias  sidebar sealed court documents released today …….HLN reported: The full complement of documents will be available shortly, as the judge has ordered full transcripts to be prepared for the public domain. Check back…

PHOENIX — Much of the Jodi Arias trial took place behind closed doors or at the judge’s bench with conversations drowned out by the whir of a white-noise machine.  Midway through the trial, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens began to seal the record of those sidebars and in-chambers discussions.

But the information is beginning to leak out. Stephens has released the text of the questions the jurors asked as they came to an impasse on whether Arias should be sentenced to death
On May 30, Stephens ordered that much of the secret conversations be released to the public, as well. Court staffers are working on making them available. Stephens, however, is still keeping the seal on sidebars or closed-door hearings where witnesses or jurors were present. Those hearings contain details of the death threats against witnesses and attorneys and details about why three jurors were dismissed.

But unsealed transcripts obtained by the Arizona Republic show how defense attorneys Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott and prosecutor Juan Martinez quibbled over witnesses and evidence while at the bench and how at times the back and forth turned insulting.

Arias, 32, was found guilty of first-degree murder on May 8 for the brutal 2008 slaying of her sometime lover, Travis Alexander, 30.  Five years ago this week, Arias shot Alexander in the head, stabbed him nearly 30 times, slit his throat and then dumped his body in the shower of his Mesa home. She said she killed Alexander in self-defense; the jury thought otherwise.On May 22, the jurors sent a note to Stephens asking which form they should use in the event they couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on whether to sentence Arias to death or life in prison. Stephens called them into the courtroom and read them instructions on how to resume deliberations.

The next day, according to juror questions released Wednesday, the jurors said, “We would like to explain our earlier question.” They had not yet reached impasse, they said, but wanted to know what to do in the event they did. Stephens wrote back that they should use a juror questionnaire form. Later that day, they sent another message.

“After long and careful deliberation, we are unable to reach a unanimous decision,” it said.Stephens scribbled a note back to them: “Do you think breaking until Wednesday, May 29, could benefit your deliberations?”

The response: “We do not feel further deliberations will change the outcome.” Stephens told them to complete a verdict form to that effect. It was over.

 Other unsealed materials are yet to come out. But a review of on-the-record transcripts give a glimpse into what the lawyers and the judge talked about during trial sidebars.  There were frequent arguments over what could and could not be admitted as evidence. And exchanges on April 2 and 4 show the lengths of discourtesy sometimes reached at Stephens’ bench.

One argument began as Willmott was explaining what she expected to elicit from defense witness Alyce LaViolette, a domestic-violence expert who raised so much controversy both in and out of court that she became a target of death threats. Specifically, Willmott was discussing whether Alexander at one point told Arias that he would kill himself.

“There’s a lack of trustworthiness there,” Martinez said. “She’s a liar. So, I’m just having a difficult time seeing how she can say that Mr. Alexander attempted suicide.”

Willmott and Martinez bandied back and forth. Then, Martinez said, “But the thing is that if Ms. Willmott and I were married, I certainly would say I F’g (sic) want to kill myself. That doesn’t mean I want to kill myself. It just means there’s a bad relationship and I want you to leave me alone.”

Willmott protested. “Judge, just for the record, I think that that was an insult because he’s trying to say that if he and I were married …”  Martinez cut her off: “That was a compliment, bad joke.”

Willmott: “I don’t see it as either.”

Stephens did not reprimand Martinez. Instead she said, “All right. Let’s move past that.”

Two days later, the subject came up again at another bench conference, when Martinez said to Willmott, “Well, then maybe you ought to go back to law school.”   Stephens did not step in.

Nurmi did, asking Stephens to admonish Martinez for both the law-school and the marriage remarks.  “Counsel, I understand some of this is tongue and cheek (sic),” Stephens finally said. “Some of it is just the stress of trial, but let’s try to be as professional as possible when we have these bench conferences.”

SOURCE:  ARTICLE BY DETROIT FREE PRESS JUNE 6, 2013


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407 Comments for “Jodi Arias Trial Sealed Transcripts (Court Documents) Released”

  1. amy

    Hi!!!! ((((((Waves)))))) missypach….@your 11:48 post….stabyy will be missing BOTH! Bah!!!! Maybe thats why she was hoarding pens, to construct some kind of device. Eww.

    Random: im excited fod my son to get home from his Army duties bc we replaced his old car with an SUV! Used of course, but i like to see him smile!

  2. Sal

    Missypach
    June 8, 2013 – 11:33 pm

    On a lighter note, do any of you remember this guy……, Harleygirl, Sal do you??
    I would have to wipe my eyes from the laughter too…..still do! Don’t get em’ like that anymore!

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=LzAXb7qCCAo&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DLzAXb7qCCAo
    ——————————————-
    Good morning, Missypach!
    I just went to the link you put up and saw Foster Brooks face and broke out laughing. He was the best!
    I just put a link to a Carol Burnett/Tim Conway skit on the Chat room that makes me laugh!
    Oh, I still enjoy seeing a Dean Martin Show video when I come across one. He was a darling. Very attractive in his older years.

    Harleygirl,
    I love your family description. I can understand why you still miss your Mom and Dad after all these years. They created warm and fuzzy memories for you.
    =============================
    Now for the jodi! She finally has to pay the consequences for her actions. I’ll bet her parents are very happy that she will at least be in prison for many years. I am sure she was a disgrace to them most of her life. She claims out of one side of her mouth that she had a great childhood, then out of the other that she was abused. Then she changed her story to be she had a good younger childhood and then didn’t get along with her mother from about age 14. Isn’t 14 the age she was when she and her friends were found to be growing marijuana on the roof. Mommy probably disapproved.
    Is the twat still twatting on Twitter?
    Rolls Eyes Sal

  3. Sal

    amy
    June 9, 2013 – 8:48 am

    Hi!!!! ((((((Waves)))))) missypach….@your 11:48 post….stabyy will be missing BOTH! Bah!!!! Maybe thats why she was hoarding pens, to construct some kind of device. Eww.

    Random: im excited fod my son to get home from his Army duties bc we replaced his old car with an SUV! Used of course, but i like to see him smile!
    —————————————————
    Sweetie, what a sweet thing to do! I am glad your son will be back safe in your arms. Thank him for his service from Sal ♥

  4. kookooznest

    My answer to a question on previous page:
    No, I don’t worry that Judge Stephens would give Stabby, convicted of aggravated cap murder, an option of parole. If it weren’t aggravated by “extreme cruelty”, then yes she might’ve, but not w/that aggravator having been proven, according to this first jury.

  5. kookooznest

    My concern is that another anti-dp stealth juror like this first jury’s foreperson will make it onto the jury & skew the rest of the jurors.

  6. Sal

    kookooznest
    June 9, 2013 – 12:19 pm
    ———————————
    kookooznest!
    Where have you been, You used to be with us a lot, and then you disappeared!
    I hope all is well?
    Love from Sal ♥

  7. kookooznest

    Sal -
    TQ !
    Just the usual computer issues when there’s a hot event going on!!
    There was so much traffic on this website during JA’s penalty phase, I couldn’t get on ! And, I’m still having a little trouble loading & submitting comments today so .. nothing big !

  8. kookooznest

    Sal -
    TQ !

    There was so much traffic on this website during JA’s penalty phase, I couldn’t get on ! And, I’m still having a little trouble today so .. idk what the problem is, but I’m sure w/the Geo Z. trial to start this week, it’ll get worse before it gets better…I can’t watch that one anyway, since I oppose his being charged, on Constitutional grounds, & the fact the cops already investigated & cleared him, & the fact that this is totally politicized & he’s being railroaded by the court. I’ll blow a gasket if I watch.

  9. Sal

    kookooznest
    June 9, 2013 – 12:57 pm
    ————————-
    I understand the difficulty of getting on TCD, for sure!

    It is good to know you were here in spirit! But I certainly missed your great links and comments, and your pastes from twitter, where the twat is now twatting. LOL
    Did you see the links that dee put up of Kathy Griffith, the comedian, talking about the jodi? Kathy discovered that the Ho-di was following her on twitter Kathy’s video discussing the jodi was really funny.
    Grin Sal ♥

  10. kookooznest

    Sal -
    You know I was here in spirit, for sure! Definitely! I took to reading websleuths & watching livestream from wildabouttrial along with the tweets there…but of course it was frustrating to not vent in a post now & then, my gosh!

  11. kookooznest

    Sal,
    I’ll have to check dee’s links…that sounds funny !
    It chapped my hide to no end that HO-di got to do those interspews, tweet, until Sheriff Arpaio bought a clue on Wheel of Fortune & shut her down. Sheesh!
    Finally she’s treated like the convict she is – in lockdown 23 out of 24, X 7.
    And you know she’s scheming as we write, obsessing about how she can throw the trial into more of a HO-di spin than it already is destined to be.
    My prayer is that Judge Stephens will ban livestreaming in the courtroom so HO-di has no soapbox platform from which to wail, as much as I want to view the proceedings.

  12. Missypach

    kookooznest
    June 9, 2013 – 12:57 pm
    Sal -
    TQ !
    There was so much traffic on this website during JA’s penalty phase, I couldn’t get on ! And, I’m still having a little trouble today so .. idk what the problem is, but I’m sure w/the Geo Z. trial to start this week, it’ll get worse before it gets better…I can’t watch that one anyway, since I oppose his being charged, on Constitutional grounds, & the fact the cops already investigated & cleared him, & the fact that this is totally politicized & he’s being railroaded by the court. I’ll blow a gasket if I watch.
    __________________________

    Totally agree!! and HLN wasted no time in jumping on that politically correct bandwagon!!

  13. Sal

    I found dee’s link on the last thread:

    YouTube

    Kathy Griffin: ”Jodi Arias is following me on Twitter”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Wa0i3V6iB0

  14. amy

    Kookooznest n missypach…..soo agree with you on the GZ case/trial! Im thinking i shouldnt watch it! Lol

    Sal…..(((((waves)))))

  15. Sal

    amy, hi!
    I am not going to watch that trial. There are too many heated comments when that case is discussed. And hot comments don’t do anything except annoy other people. I detected that right at the beginning on the first thread EXPRESS put up. I think it must have been trolls. Confused:
    Sal ♥

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