Monday, April 15, 2013


Everyone has been speculating all weekend long about what is going to happen Monday morning in the Jodi Arias murder trial.

According to the Jodi Arias support site and one of their best contributors, this appears to be a plausible explanation of what is going to happend Monday morning:

With all the current speculation surrounding the start of the new trial week — what with Alyce LaViolette, witness tampering, Facebook death threats, Grace Wong, potential mistrials and other stuff — check out the post below from our regular contributor Al, which sheds more light on the current state of play.

Here goes…

“… I think this judge has ended up somewhere between the devil and the deep blue sea, and a lot of it is of her own choosing.

If she dismisses the case due to the public’s reaction, JM and the family is going to throw a hissy fit.

If she dismisses it due to the victim’s family’s actions it sort of puts JM in a tough spot because he probably then is faced with having to prosecute them and they’re going to throw a hissy fit.

If she declares a mistrial, the defense is going to claim that given the international hue and cry, there can be no fair trial anywhere, ever.

If I was the judge I would tell the state to make a straight up plea deal with the defense and get it over with. And the plea deal I would urge them to take is something that would be the equivalent of her having to wait for another trial, say another year or so.

I know this is going to go down rough with the Alexanders, but it’s better than opening that witness intimidation can of worms.

Now I wonder if the judge has thought this out, and the reason she wants to have Wong up first is so that, if she can find some reason to declare a mistrial based on what Wong says, it might give her a way out.

She can then declare the mistrial, have JM take a plea deal and get the whole thing cleared up. That way none of the rest of this stuff ever needs to be discussed, and she draws a deep sigh and hopes she can make sure this never happens in her court again. I bet the Hon. Sherry Stephens never has cameras in her court again.

If she cannot get some reason based on Wong’s testimony, then I suspect she’s going to have the worst few days of her life.

What a cock-up this whole thing has become, and all because this judge could not keep control of her courtroom. I bet if we didn’t have all the sensationalism originating from JM’s office and his demeanor in the courtroom you wouldn’t have this state of affairs.” — Al

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