Jodi Arias Murder Trial – Delay, Delay, Delay Again
In what was another disappointment for the Alexander family, yesterday, Judge Sherry Stephens postponed the hearing until September 16. The postponement is to allow prosecutors to respond to the two motions Nurmi filed last week.
One motion asks that the court not allow cameras in court or if they are allowed, the penalty phase not be shown live. Nurmi argues because the first trial was shown it created public outrage against Alyce LaViolette to the point she received death threats. He also claims Patty Womack, who was to be a mitigation witness was also threatened…all due to cameras in the court! Both now refuse to testify in round two.
The second motion requests the Twitter accounts and handles of jurors so they can be monitored during retrial. It is unclear why the motion only addresses Twitter or who would be monitoring the accounts.
In my opinion, neither motion will stand. If LaViolette, Womack, Nurmi, and Willmott did indeed receive threats, that is wrong and unacceptable. Dislike them as much as you want, but threats are ridiculous. Nurmi claims Arias can’t get a fair trial because the defense witnesses have been intimidated. Cameras are not the problem; it’s people.
The Twitter motion is just nuts. That would open up all kinds of personal information about the jurors for which they deserve their privacy protected.
I strongly suspect Nurmi intentionally files motions so late in order to get hearings postponed and continue to drag the proceeding out.
The one positive from yesterday was both sides were given some 1500 pages of the court transcript.
Want to bet Nurmi will ask for a continuance because of the volume of the transcript and they need more time to review them? Any takers?