HLN After Dark: The Jodi Arias Trial


Court in the Jodi Arias trial resumes Monday so let me play catch up. Well for a couple days last week, I appeared on HLN’s new show HLN After Dark: The Jodi Arias trial. If EVER there was a show that was meant for me, this was it. Each night, there is an in-studio jury of twelve that has to render a guilty or not guilty verdict on the “Bold Accusation” for the night. Last week I had to rule on “Jodi Showed No Remorse” and “Jodi Brought the Knife.”

“Jodi Showed No Remorse”

Wednesday night’s show focused on whether or not Jodi showed remorse for the killing of Travis Alexander. Well if you’ve followed the trial you will remember the sequence of events. After Jodi stabbed, shot, and severed the head of Travis Alexander, she drove to the home of Ryan Burns, a guy she was also dating at the time. She sat, chatted, kissed and fondled with this man until she was satisfied and then went home and back to her life. According to Jodi, she doesn’t remember what happened after she shot Travis Alexander. She remembers becoming lucid in her car in the desert, with blood all over her hands which she washed off with a pack of Costco water she kept in the trunk. She remembers changing into a spare pair of shoes, dumping the rope in a dumpster, chucking the knife in the desert, and then going to Ryan Burns’ house. That clearly doesn’t show remorse. She didn’t call the police, or a girlfriend, or family member and report that something horrible had happened. She didn’t drive back to Travis’ house to figure out what she may have done (if you believe the story that she blacked out and has no memory). She kept going so that she could play kissy face with her new beau.
When Jodi is finally questioned and arrested, she asked if she could see the pictures of the crime scene. WHO DOES THAT?! She said it was a bit of “morbid curiosity”. That doesn’t sound like remorse to me. That sounds narcissistic and cray cray. You shot him in the head, slit his throat, and destroyed his back with a steak knife. And now you want to see it? Oh ok then.
Even while standing trial for her life (this is a death penalty case), Jodi still finds it hard to show remorse. Her cries are only seen when she is trapped in her web of lies and they are being unraveled by the prosecution. Juan Martinez, the lead prosecutor, had Jodi Arias pinned in a corner Bernard Hopkins-style and she hung head, flung her poorly trimmed hair into her face, and sobbed through his questions about the moments the murder occurred. But even for all her whimpers and all the balled up tissues she used to quell her “sniff, sniff”, we rarely, if ever, saw real tears stream down her face. You loved a man whom you shot, stabbed, and killed, and you aren’t wailing? You aren’t hunched over in the physical pain that your emotion is causing? Well Jodi isn’t. The one time in court I can recall her showing real emotion, with the requisite red eyes, and wet, salty tears, is when they were talking about a dog. A dog. Well hopefully PETA can pay for half of her defense.
Jodi Brought The Knife”

Thursday night’s show focused on whether or not Jodi brought the knife used to kill Travis or if she got it from Travis’ house. Jodi Arias alleges that part of the sex games they played the day he was killed included her being tied to his bed with rope. According to Jodi, Travis tied a noose on each end and she slipped each hand in and was tied to the bed. She doesn’t remember picking up the knife but alleges that it must have been near her in the bedroom or in the bathroom as he used it to cut the rope from around her wrists. She also has a memory of putting a knife in the dishwasher but doesn’t remember where that memory comes from. Convenient. The evidence shows the following:

1) No rope was found at the scene.
2) No knives were missing from Travis’ knife block in the kitchen.
3) The knife block also had a pair of scissors, still in place.

So where did Jodi get the knife? I believe Jodi took the knife from her grandmother’s house, the same day she took the .25 caliber gun she used to kill Travis. Jodi’s grandmother left home one day about a week before the murder around 10am, leaving Jodi in the house alone until early afternoon. Grandmother returns home around 3:30pm to find the house burglarized and the gun missing. How many people, once they count their valuables, go to the kitchen to count the silverware after a robbery? Not many. And there has been no evidence presented about the processing of the scene at the grandmother’s house and whether or not the knife could be from her house. And while I’d like to blame shoddy police work by local police, I don’t think it would matter because we don’t even know what the gun looked like because Jodi threw it out into the desert, along with the gun, when she “came to”. So we can’t match it up to Grandma’s knife set. We could only approximate by determining if she had knives that would make a similar stab wound (depth, width, etc). Nevertheless, I don’t believe there was a rope to cut! There was no rope found and Jodi doesn’t know what she did with the rope or if she took it at all. And if there was no rope, there was no knife needed to cut it. Also, if Travis needed to cut this alleged rope, why wouldn’t he use the kitchen scissors in the same knife block instead of sawing away at it with a steak knife?

Photo Evidence showing no knifes missing from knife block in Travis Alexander's kitchen.

Photo evidence showing no knifes missing from knife block in Travis Alexander’s kitchen.

Plain and simple Jodi brought that knife. The question is can the prosecution prove it? Luckily its not the main issue in the case and her conviction won’t turn it on it BUT it is important when we get to the penalty phase of this trial because IF she brought the knife it can be considered an aggravating factor when assessing the death penalty.

I had a great experience on HLN After Dark this week! I was even able to share the stage with my good friend Trisha who I have Casey Anthony to thank for bringing us together. I promise it won’t be the last time you will see me so keep watching!



About Sweet Nothings

I went to college and majored and Mass Communications/Public Relations but decided to take my passion for promoting others to law school....where i could then learn to promote MYSELF! Kidding. Kind of. Now I'm a lawyer. 8 years later, big whoop and womp womp.
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9 Responses to HLN After Dark: The Jodi Arias Trial

  1. You looked great on tv, Bourg! I’m just mad that it took a brutal murder and a crazy ass chick to get you blogging again!

    First degree is pretty clear to me. The thing that seals it most for me isn’t the gas cans or even the “robbery” of the gun, though. We are listening to a very needy, insecure, obsessive woman who will jump at any second of attention offered by pretty much anyone. Do you honestly believe someone like that would not rip that rental car apart to find the charger for her phone to stay connected while on a drive that long? And even if she hadn’t been able to find it while driving she definitely would have found a way to charge it once she got to his house unless she didn’t want it pinging the cell tower. I’m positive about this one.

    And then to magically find it (with little dificulty and right under the seat of the car!) when you’re far enough away and back in an area that supports your story? Sorry, can’t buy it.

  2. You did a great job and glad to see you blogging again. I don’t understand the the inner workings of the law and such, but I always feel I can win an argument about high profile cases after reading your summary. In my opinion (and Good Morning America’s), that the prosecutor has done a great job hammering away at all the lies, I just hope that justice is served, unlike Caylee Anthony.

  3. TSP says:

    Excellent and please GOD dont let another killer ala Casey Anthony go free

  4. discodiva73 says:

    I wish I had known you were on HLN! I totally would have watched!

  5. discodiva73 says:

    Are you going to discuss the juror being removed? 🙂

  6. angel brandon says:

    i have a brother serving 3 life sentences with no chance of parole, he has a TV, gets to go to the store, order books, he killed 3 innocent people not with as much cruelty as Jodi Arias, So i’m on the other side of the victim fence, because believe it or not the family of the criminal are victims, and the lord says thou shall not kill, but the good book also says an eye for an eye, and I for one believe in the death penalty, for people who do horrible crimes against others, and this woman has no remorse, no feelings except for any one but herself, she cries for what lays ahead for her, no prison isn’t a great place, but it will take 13 plus years before the death penalty is carried out, so she will have plenty of time to think about what she did to poor Travis and his family, so i for one do not want to spend my taxes to support this woman for the rest of her natural life, having her friends and family having to support her, putting stress on them and she will get phone calls and we will still read her tweets, and i for one, don’t care to. i pray they give her the death penalty, and she can feel that fear of going to be put to death, it will be a lot more merciful than what she has done to Travis and his family.

  7. jorge says:

    i think ,the court and the media they all are a bunch of puppets show . why the jury as to decide her dead penalty ?.that should be a call for a judge not the jury they will kill another person thats murder as well .i do believe in the dead penalty but the judge as to decide that not the jury.this is becoming a freak show .the jurors will go home with a guilty mind not the judge.WATCH HLN ITS A JOKE .REALLY SORRY FOR THE DEAD OF TRAVIS NO ONE CAN BRING HIM BACK ,STILL THINK WHY SOMUCH DRAMA .JUDGE JUST GIVE HER THE DEAD PENALTY AND FINISH THIS MEDIA AND PUPPET SHOW.

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