Trial By Jury

Jean McCollum By Jean McCollum, 6th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Effects of the Jodi Arias trial will continue to linger until her punishment is finally decided. This article contains my thoughts regarding the trial.

Trial by Jury

After four long and agonizing months, an end finally came to the Jodi Arias trial. On May 8, 2013 Arias was found guilty of first degree murder. For those unfamiliar with the case, Arias barbarically killed her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in what the prosecuting team believed was a jealous rage. The trial gained global attention and was viewed by hundreds of thousands of people on live television. The sentencing phase remains in limbo as the jury could not agree if Arias should be spared her life. For the Alexander family it will never be over. Even after Arias is sentenced, their lives have forever been tragically changed by circumstances beyond their control. The memories of the crime scene photos shown at trial and the attempts to ruin Travis’s reputation will forever haunt them. Travis’s brothers and sisters will never be aunts and uncles to his future children. There will be no more holiday celebrations with Travis and no more calls. They will no longer hear his laughter or the speeches he gave as a motivational speaker. The family will survive, but will never be the same.
As an avid watcher of the trial, I learned many discouraging processes about the judicial system in Maricopa County in Phoenix, Arizona. Like many states, the right to a speedy trial can actually take years. In the Arias case it took five. I also learned when the defense is having a bad day defending their client, the defendant can simply say she is not feeling well and the court closes down until the defendant is feeling ‘better’. Paid witnesses who are in the field of helping abused individuals will come to the aid of an accused murderer instead of the murdered victim’s family. Family members are not allowed to mention during their impact statements at the sentencing phase of the trial that they want the jury to give a death verdict. The defendant on the other hand can plead for her life. Murderers can give interviews immediately after being convicted and afforded a special area to apply makeup before doing it. Television networks, like HLN, forget that sometimes there are more important things then making money. Adding the “AFTER DARK” program to their lineup was nothing but a ratings grabber. Replicating the crime scene, then reenacting the murder in front of a fake jury served absolutely no purpose. Where was the concern for the Alexander family having to see this replayed so callously?
With all the negatives that came from the trial there was a positive factor. Arizona is one of only three states that allow the jurors to question the witnesses after the prosecution and defense attorneys are done. What a great concept this is. Several times the jury asked the same questions I had which the prosecuting and defense teams never addressed. Some jury questions gave better clarification of already asked questions. Most importantly, the jurors were able to deliberate on Arias’s guilt or innocence with all the facts of the case addressed to their satisfaction. Though we have little details of what the jury discussed during deliberations, the fact the jurors were able to question the witnesses had to play a part in the verdict they agreed on.


After Dark, Hln, Jodi Arias, Murdered, Travis Alexander, Trial

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Married, with three children. Enjoy watching movies and television. Writing will focus on personal opinions, reviews and also the entertainment industry.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Oct 2013 (#)

Justice delayed is justice denied - seems to apply in this case - siva

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author avatar Jean McCollum
8th Oct 2013 (#)

It will be very interesting to see who the penalty phase goes in the next few months.

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6th Oct 2013 (#)

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