The Jodi Arias trial is turning more and more into a circus everyday and less about justice for Travis Alexander. It’s one thing to have a righteous indignation in wanting to see someone punished for what they did. However the behavior of the prosecutor on this case, Juan Martinez makes you wonder if this is about justice or ego.It’s one thing to engage the defendant on the stand but his attacks against the defense witnesses are personal in nature.Thursday’s session was a case in point. After the defense questioned their witness it was Martinez turn for cross examination.
Prosecutor Juan Martinez came out swinging when it was his turn to begin cross-examination. Minutes into his questioning, as he tried to force LaViolette to answer questions with yes or no answers, a frequent tactic, his voice rose to a high-pitched rant.
“Mr. Martinez, are you angry with me?” LaViolette asked calmly.
The gallery burst into laughter, causing Stephens (Judge) to ask for silence.
But the question indeed made Martinez angry, causing LaViolette to again ask that he address her in a civil manner. And then, as he tried to force another yes or no answer, she said, “Do you want the truth, Mr. Martinez? Or do you want yes or no?”
LaViolette gives a presentation at conferences she calls “Was Snow White a Battered Woman?” She described it as a catchy title. But Martinez attempted to ridicule her by forcing the Alexander murder into the story line of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
Several times, LaViolette said, “Mr. Martinez, you’re mischaracterizing my presentation. … You’re reading the title correctly … not the content.”
He then questioned her loudly about how she came to the conclusion that Snow White was abused, to which the defense witness replied that he was mischaracterizing her presentation.
Martinez explained how Snow White was banished to the forest to live in horrible conditions.
“She lived with the seven dwarves and according to the Disney version, she was pretty happy,” LaViolette said.
“She lived in a shack, right?” Martinez snapped loudly.
“I thought it was a cute little cabin, Mr. Martinez,” LaViolette replied.
“Objection, relevance, going this far into the Snow White story?” defense attorney Jennifer Willmott interjected.
“Mr. Martinez, are you angry at me?” LaViolette asked softly at one point. Portions of the gallery erupted in laughter, and the judge admonished spectators to keep quiet.
“Do you want to spar with me?” Martinez yelled.
He continued to question her about whether Snow White was a domestic abuse victim.
“I have no information about the relationship between Prince Charming and Snow White,” LaViolette said as the judge called it day.
The trial saw also the appearence of juror 5 in the court room and came as a civilian. The judge made it clear that she was there as a member of the public.
“Ladies and gentlemen juror number 5 is in the courtroom to observe as a member of the public. I want to remind you of the admonition that continues to apply and you should have no contact with juror number 5 until the trial is over,” said Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens at the start of the afternoon session.
From start to finish so much of what has happened in this trial has become more and more a smoke screen of getting to the real heart of this trial. Justice for Travis Alexander.