Saturday, June 22, 2013

Wouldn't it be interesting if one day someone found Jodi Arias' gun (videos)

Though it wouldn't mean a difference to the murder case or Jodi Arias' criminal conviction, it would be interesting if one day someone stumbled upon the weapon used in the Travis Alexander murder. Arias' only states that after she murdered Alexander on June 4, 2008, she was in a fog and drove off and threw the gun
Jodi Arias testifies about gun during murder trial
somewhere in the desert. Though it wasn't confirmed in the trial, many suspect that Arias used a gun she stole from her grandparents' home weeks before the murder.

Check out the video below where prosecutor Juan Martinez grilled Jodi Arias about the gun and knife she used in the murder. Martinez pointed out that since Arias brought the gun with her, she premeditated the murder. Arias claimed the gun belonged to Travis Alexander.

Jodi Arias tweets about new artwork day of Lifetime premiere 'Dirty Little Secret' (videos)

There is little that Jodi Arias does that is surprising and that includes what she has been able to get away with behind bars. The 32-year-old convicted murderer frequently tweeted through a friend to her official Twitter account throughout her first-degree murder trial. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that on the day of the Lifetime premiere of the film based upon her crime "Dirty Little Secret" that Arias would find a way to send a message out.

Will Arias author movie reviews and send them to Twitter as well? Arias was found guilty in May 2013, of slashing, stabbing and shooting her lover Travis
Alexander in a cruel manner. The film "Dirty Little Secret" takes the viewer through the journey that ultimately led Arias to go from sexually uninhibited girlfriend to stalker then murderer. Travis Alexander is viewed as a successful Mormon who has trouble resisting sex with Jodi, even though he knows it is a bad idea. As Jodi's behavior grows more troubling, Travis Alexander puts up a fight against her, until he ultimately loses the last battle for his life. While "Dirty Little Secret" is a good depiction of Jodi Arias' descent into madness, it also serves as a cautionary tale for men who continue to give into sexual temptation with women they do not love.

The movie premiere on June 22, 2013, and Jodi Arias tweeted about her latest drawing for sale, , discussed whether she will plea or take an appeal, denied that her friend Donovan Bering was tweeting for her, and spoke about the contributions the Estrella jail is making towards the environment by using styrofoam containers.

Jodi Arias movie 'Dirty Little Secret' gets good reviews, will you watch the Lifetime film? (videos)

It may have arrived sooner than anyone expected, but on June 22, 2013, less than a month after a mistrial was declared in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial, Lifetime premiered the movie "Dirty Little Secret." As we have yet to find out
Tania Ramonde portrays Jodi Arias in "Dirty Little Secret"
whether Arias will spend the remainder of her life behind bars or will be sentenced to death, it may seem the movie would leave unfinished business. That isn't the case though. The movie is actually well written and the acting is superb. You may find yourself weeping: however, during the murder scene that comprises the final portion of the film as the light of life fades from Travis Alexander's eyes. Those who followed the trial and knew of its horrific details may find the movie too close to home.

Jodi Arias will go down in history as one of the most evil women ever to walk the planet and the film doesn't take away from the hatred the public feels towards her.

What might be most interesting about the film is that as far as Lifetime movies go, the network known for increasing awareness regarding violence against women, readily tackled the true crime story in which Jodi Arias, a stunning blonde photographer stabbed her lover Travis Alexander 29 times, slit his throat from ear to ear and shot him in the head. The film clearly portrays Arias in the role of attacker and Lifetime had no trouble identifying Alexander as a helpless victim.

When the movie portrays Jodi Arias seducing Travis Alexander she grabs the remote, plays a song "Dirty Little Secret" and does a striptease for him, before leading him into the bedroom. While the film shows Travis Alexander was a willing participant in the sexual trysts between the two, you get the clear distinction that it was Arias who used her sexuality as a lure to steer him away from his principles and values and give into the temptation she made herself become for him. In an eerie scene that mirrored reality, Travis Alexander is seen sleeping after their night of sex while Arias scours through his phone.

Tania Raymonde did an excellent job portraying Arias as a creepy stalker who followed Travis Alexander into a men's restroom and would rather slaughter and butcher the successful Mormon, rather than lose him to another woman.

Are you going to watch the movie "Dirty Little Secret?"


Watch June 21, 2013, day 10 hearing in George Zimmerman trial (videos)

George Zimmerman did not return to court on June 21, 2013, as his attorney Mark O'Mara spoke on his behalf as the court quickly prepares for opening arguments on Monday. At issue was the question of whether previous 911 calls made the night George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin would be entered in as evidence. The prosecution wanted the jury panel of 6 women and four
Prosecutor John Guy
alternates to hear the audio evidence as they believed the cries for help heard seconds before gun shots were fired. While one audio expert stated the voice calling for help was Martin's, another said it was Zimmerman's.

The defense felt that testimony that the voice was Trayvon's would be detrimental to their case, as it would show that Martin had ceased fighting with Zimmerman, called for help, then Zimmerman continued to fire his weapon at him. If the expert stated it was Zimmerman's voice calling for help, it would support the defense theory that Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense.

On June 22, 2013, Judge Debra Nelson ruled that the audio experts would not be called in to testify regarding the voice heard on the 911 call. That does not mean; however, that the calls will not later surface during the trial.

You may watch the George Zimmerman trial from June 21, 2013, day 10 below. Stay tuned until Monday, June 24, 2013, for live, streaming coverage as the trial officially begins with opening statements.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Watch George Zimmerman trial live streaming online June 21, 2013 (videos, updates)

The George Zimmerman trial is heading into full gear. On June 20, 2013, a jury panel of six women was selected, along with four alternates. Opening arguments are set to begin on Monday, June 24, 2013. Today, June 21, 2013, Judge Debra Nelson will rule on whether the 911 calls that heard a voice screaming for help moments before a gun is fired will be allowed in court. State experts say the voice on the tape is not George Zimmerman but rather Trayvon Martin. The 911 calls could prove pivotal for the prosecution should they be allowed into evidence.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Watch George Zimmerman trial day 9, June 20, 2013 (full videos, Frye hearing, Mark O'Mara statement)

On June 20, 2013, a jury was determined in the George Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. What was startling to many, was that the of the six jurors selected, five are white, one is either black or Hispanic, and all are women. Additionally, the four alternates are two men and two women. Reports state they are white as well. Casey Anthony's attorney Jose Baez spoke out and called the jury a "slam dunk for the defense."

You may watch the full day's court trial as well as a press conference by Mark O'Mara immediately following the trial in the video player below.

George Zimmerman appears in court on June 20, 2013

Watch George Zimmerman trial day 8, June 19, 2013 (videos)

George Zimmerman returned to court on June 19, 2013, for the eighth day of his murder trial. Jury selection is winding down as the state and prosecution continued their search for six jurors and four alternates.

You may watch the full video from the court proceeding below.

Watch George Zimmerman trial day 7, June 18, 2013 (full videos)

George Zimmerman appears in court on June 18, 2013
On June 18, 2013, George Zimmerman returned to court for day 7 of his murder trial and jury selection. You may watch the full video below along with a transcript from the Dr. Drew show, where the host asked the show's jury panel what they thought of Zimmerman as a neighbor.

In addition to the George Zimmerman trial coverage from the Dr. Drew show, you can also watch coverage from HLN's After Dark program that is covering the latest on the George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin case.

Dr. Drew George Zimmerman Trial Transcript Jun 18, 2013

PINSKY: Back with our co-host, Samantha Schacher. Of curse, that was an edited version of the 911 call. So, who was screaming on the tape? George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman claims self-defense. The prosecution claims it`s Martin yelling for help. The defense says it`s Zimmerman. Expert testimony will undoubtedly come in, I suspect.

The judge has yet to decide whether he or she will allow it. Joining us is Michael Skolnik, editor-in-chief of He`s on the board of the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Crystal Wright from, attorney, Darren Kavinoky, and Shahrazad Ali, author of "Are You Still A Slave?" Shahrazad Ali, how would you like me to address you?


PINSKY: Miss Ali is great. OK. So, I`m going to start with Darren. The voice on the 911 call, who does it help?

DARREN KAVINOKY, ATTORNEY: Well, it depends who the jurors decide that voice is. Obviously, if it`s Trayvon Martin who`s calling for help, then that helps the prosecution, because that would show that George Zimmerman is the aggressor, that he`s hunting him down.

If, of course, it`s Zimmerman calming for help, then that helpsthe defense, right, because then it gets to his being in fear, he`s calling for help and that would tend to support the justifiable use of deadly force.

PINSKY: OK. Darren, I --

KAVINOKY: This is the $64,000 question.

PINSKY: Right. I think so, but Michael, I wonder if you agree with that? Does it really make any difference?

MICHAEL SKOLNIK, EDITOR, GLOBALGRIND.COM: It makes a big difference. But I think in this situation, the defense has not shown an expert on their side yet who`ve said it`s George Zimmerman. All they have shown is experts who refute the prosecutors` (ph) experts who say it`s Trayvon martin,

The defense has shown nothing. They can`t even pay somebody to go out there and say it`s George Zimmerman`s voice. They have nothing on their side that prove it`s George Zimmerman. Two experts have come forward already and say it`s Trayvon Martin`s voice.

PINSKY: Miss Ali, a lot of people are saying this has much to do with how Trayvon sort of presented himself. What he was wearing and that sort of thing. Do young people of any color need to be worried about that?

ALI: Well, we`re living in a country where men dress up like women, women dress up like men, and Black young people they want to dress just as silly as everyone else. And so, they want to wear their pants hanging down and the hat on backwards and the hoodies and so forth. And to them, it`s a fad. But these things pass and I think I have to take it back to the parents again.

We, as parents, we fail to do our job in a certain way in this country, because we haven`t told our children that they live in a hostile environment and that there are people out here waiting to kill them for any reason. And so, I think that, you know, that maybe if we did teach them more about how to dress and present yourself because you can`t dress in certain ways to go and apply for a job.

You can`t dress certain ways, you know, to get into college. And so, there are requirements on a dress standard.

PINSKY: Let me go to Crystal and say -- now, is that a parenting thing? Is that an issue of color? Where does that fall?

CRYSTAL WRIGHT, CONSERVATIVEBLACKCHICK.COM: Well, it`s a parenting thing how young men and women dress. And I agree with Miss Ali that, you know, parenting has gone by the wayside. And the fact is when young Black men have images from rappers in Hollywood with chains hanging around their neck, hoodies, calling women you know whats and hos, wearing pants where we can see their boxers.

That`s unacceptable if you`re Black, White, Chinese, purple, green. I don`t care if you`re a Martian. Dressing like that is not going to get you a job, which we know then enables you to participate in society. It`s not going to get you into college. It`s a lack of parenting, but I also think it`s because we now have left society without rules and anything goes.

PINSKY: OK. Now, you guys got to hold your thoughts. Hang on. I have to go to break. You must stop. Is it okay ever to be prejudicial? I`m going to put that question to the panel. I also let them respond in we`ve heard, so far.

And later, a superstar in the kitchen, and now, her husband`s in hot water. We got to go quick to break. Be right back with this panel.


PINSKY: Gentlemen, I`m up against the clock. Darren, then MICHAEL, then Miss Ali responds. Keep it quick. Darren, go.

KAVINOKY: Yes. Look, we`re collapsing two different -- very different issues here. Of course, people should dress appropriately for job interviews and the like. And that`s just good parenting. But it`s irresponsible to suggest that somebody should be a crime victim or is more likely to be a crime victim because of the way they were dressed.

PINSKY: Got it. Got it.

KAVINOKY: People have freedom to express themselves.

PINSKY: Michael. Michael.

SKOLNIK: -- what he was wearing was menacing is absurd. George Zimmerman profiled him based on what he was wearing and the color of his skin. If Mark Zuckerberg was walking through Sanford with a hoodie on, George Zimmerman would drive and wave to him and said hello.

PINSKY: Miss Ali, spank these boys.


ALI: Well, we want Zimmerman --

KAVINOKY (ph): Please.

ALI: We want Zimmerman convicted for the crime that we think that he did, but it was a killing that didn`t nobody see. Black people killing each other all day long in every community in this country. And the whole neighborhood see it and don`t nobody tell. So, we`re using killing like the "N" word. It`s OK for us to do it to each other, but we don`t want anybody from outside our community to come in and do it, because then -- all no justice, no peace.

PINSKY: Crystal, finish this off.


WRIGHT: Here`s the thing. No, let me finish here. Nobody said anybody should die by the way they`re dressed or the color of their skin. And the last time I read about this case, it was dark at night. So, how did George Zimmerman know what color skin Trayvon was?

SKOLNIK: He said it in the 911 call.


ALI: This is why we can`t make any progress with this.

SCHACHER: Can I please say something really quick?

PINSKY: Samantha, go.

SCHACHER: A hoodie does not equate with us (ph). A guy with tattoos does not equate to somebody that`s a criminal or deviant.

PINSKY: Hold on.

SCHACHER: So, we`re supposed to govern people on what they wear?

PINSKY: Hold on. Miss Ali, finish it up.

WRIGHT: Can I say something?

ALI: This is why we can`t make any progress on this topic, because every time we discuss this issue about race in America, people don`t tell the truth. We have always been territorial about our communities.


ALI: We have been practicing stand your ground in the Black community way before it was made a law.

PINSKY: Guys, I want you all back tomorrow night. I`ve got to take a break. Crystal, I`m so sorry. I`m dying to hear what you all are saying, but it`ll be tomorrow. "Last Call" is next.


PINSKY: Star from the World of Food, Samantha, is making headlines from very public dust-off with her famous husband, Nigella Lawson. He appeared to be choked -- she appeared to be choked by him. We`re watching this case. I know i said I`d talk about it, but we are out of time, you guys. So, we`ll bring it up again tomorrow, give you more details.

Samantha, thank you again. Thank you to all my guests, and of course, thank you all for watching tonight. Lot of interesting conversation. We`ll see you next time. "HLN After Dark" starts right now.


Watch George Zimmerman trial day 6, June 17, 2013 (videos, transcripts)

You may watch the full events from day 6 of the George Zimmerman trial, June 17, 2013, below. In addition to jury selection, there was also a Frye hearing held.


Jane Velez- Mitchell addressed the George Zimmerman trial on her show that evening. You can read the transcript below.

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, ON TRIAL FOR DEATH OF TRAYVON MARTIN: That`s when I start screaming for help. I was screaming help (inaudible) and that`s when he grabbed me. I tried to sit up and that`s when he grabbed me by the head and tried to slam my head down.


ZIMMERMAN: No, my body was on the ground. My head was on the cement.



VELEZ-MITCHELL: George Zimmerman in a second. But first, what`s next in the Jodi Arias trial. Attorney`s for Jodi Arias back in court this Thursday for a hearing in the case.

Last week, prosecutors announced they will pursue the death penalty again. But Jodi`s defense team quick to chime in and make their own request to have the trial delayed until 2014. Are you kidding me?

Thursday will be the first time lawyers for both sides will be in court since the mistrial was declared in the sentencing phase last month. So please stay here because we`re going to bring it all to you. A countdown to Thursday`s huge hearing. Will a judge agree to the delay until 2014 or could Jodi be on trial for her life as early as next month? This Thursday, and all the breaking news on Jodi Arias right here, 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

Keep it right there. We`re back in a second.



ZIMMERMAN: We`ve had some break-ins in my neighbor and there is a real suspicious guy.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He just said he should him dead. The person is dead, laying on the ground.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This case is different from I think any other case.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Sanford Police Department is conducting a fair investigation.

SYBRINA FULTON, MOTHER OF TRAYVON MARTIN: My son was not committing any crime.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They all know about the case.

ZIMMERMAN: I grabbed it and I just grabbed my firearm and I shot him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ok. This guy -- is he white, black or Hispanic?

ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you see what he was wearing?

ZIMMERMAN: Yes. A dark hoodie like a gray hoodie.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight, explosive moments in court in the George Zimmerman case. And this trial hasn`t even started officially. I mean it is in jury selection. The neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder for shooting an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin. Will George Zimmerman beat a murder charge in one of the nation`s most anticipated trials?

It is week two of jury selection -- attorneys on both sides grilling potential jurors to try to seat a jury of six with four alternates. So far this -- no jurors seated. But there were fireworks in court today as a prospective juror gets out and flat out states, he had given money to George Zimmerman`s defense fund. The juror went head to head with the prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda. Watch this. It is pretty wild for jury selection.


BERNIE DE LA RIONDA, PROSECUTOR: You don`t think the fact that you already spent money to his -- don`t you have kind of a stake in this already?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I can see where you`re coming from with that.

DE LA RIONDA: Let`s be perfectly honest.


DE LA RIONDA: Wouldn`t you agree? Have you ever heard --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I object Mr. de la Rionda suggesting somehow that this juror hasn`t been honest.

DE LA RIONDA: You`ve got a stake in this. You`ve already contributed to his cause, correct?


DE LA RIONDA: The trial. And you still think, even though you`ve already contributed to his defense, that you can sit there and just want everybody to disregard the fact that you`ve contributed to his defense?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I didn`t say that.

DE LA RIONDA: You think that`s being fair?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I didn`t say that. I said I could keep an open mind. I said I could keep an open mind.

DE LA RIONDA: What other things could affect your (inaudible) being impartial, please educate us.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Unbelievable. Straight out to Jean Casarez -- you were in court for that confrontation. Wow.

JEAN CASAREZ, HLN LEGAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, wow. You better believe it was wow. You know this was a juror -- here`s what it stems from Jane. He wrote on his questionnaire, "Do you have an opinion". "No" was his answer. So then he starts talking and he says he has an opinion but he thought the questionnaire meant a conclusive opinion. And he had a conditional opinion and he could separate that out and he could be a fair juror. Although he is about 70 percent for George Zimmerman, 30 percent for Trayvon Martin, he said.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, let`s debate it with our expert panel. Will a stealth juror on who knows what side, manage to get on to this jury? Starting with Michelle Suskauer, criminal defense attorney out of West Palm Beach.

MICHELLE SUSKAUER, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Absolutely. That can happen. It is hard to get to the heart of a juror`s opinions. So certainly, that juror is absolutely excused for cause because he is clearly biased in favor of George Zimmerman. But absolutely if a juror doesn`t want to say it and if the right questions are not asked, then absolutely someone can come in with an agenda and that`s what`s so scary.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Rolonda Watts, host of "Sundays with Rolonda".

ROLONDA WATTS, HOST, "SUNDAYS WITH ROLONDA": I absolutely agree. This is where we`re going to see the incredible skills of attorneys. Because there are people -- let`s face it -- as grueling as this job may be, there are people who want to get on this jury. They have a hidden agenda, perhaps.

And it is up to these sharp attorneys, these sharks to come in here and be able to discern between people who are excellent for what this case represents from what America is and justice and people trying to get publicity.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Let me tell you something. There is another controversy involving another potential juror who was banned from the courthouse. Stay right there. We`ll explain on the other side.


ZIMMERMAN: They said "Do you still want a police officer?" and I said yes. They said, "Are you following him?" I`m sorry. Back there, they said "Are you following him?" And I said "Yes" because I was, you know, in the area. And they said "We don`t need you to do that." I said "Ok." That`s when I walked straight through here to get the address so that I could tell the police officer.



VELEZ-MITCHELL: Time for Pet of the Day. Send your pet pics to Cocoa, I want to have a hot cocoa with you. Oscar, Willow, Louis -- what a pack, a pack of fun. And Bullit -- he says I`m always racing around, I love the grass. I love the park. Ben Affleck, oh my gosh, you`re a superstar.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: George Zimmerman should go home.

DE LA RIONDA: In other words you believe he`s innocent?


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Mr. Zimmerman has certainly confessed to shooting Trayvon. It`s more of really weeding out the facts now.

DE LA RIONDA: You have formed an opinion. What was it?


DE LA RIONDA: That he`s -- what?



VELEZ-MITCHELL: A potential juror was dismissed over a controversial Facebook post and he was kicked out and escorted to his car because he came back to the courthouse after being dismissed. He bashed the Sanford Police on a Facebook page in support of Trayvon Martin.

The man posted, quote, "In Sanford and I can tell you this. Justice is coming. I only hope the feds go farther than just this case in investigating this police force. The Seminole County justice system needs an enema and they just might get one."

Oh my gosh, let`s debate this. It seems like this courtroom and jury selection has become a magnet for stealth jurors, Patti Wood.

PATTI WOOD, BODY LANGUAGE EXPERT: Absolutely and it concerns me. The research on your Internet presence, the anonymity you feel and the power that you feel when you`re anonymous. And the fact that he took that and then in the courthouse actually pitched a fit -- that concerns me -- that energy, his transferring to that whole potential jury pool.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But everybody comes to anything with opinions even if they tell themselves they don`t have opinions, Michelle Suskauer, they got them.

SUSKAUER: Of course. Everyone does and it`s just a question of trying to unravel this particular person as to whether or not they`re the right juror for this case and it`s hard. But you know there are some really good lawyers in this case and they are going to ask those tough questions and they`re going to be going on social media and interviewing and looking at the juror`s backgrounds as well.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well so far zero jurors selected. Is it a problem? On the other side.


VELEZ-MITCHELL: In case anyone has forgotten, Rolonda Watts, why is this case so heated?

WATTS: Well, this case is so heated because it just taps into the fabric of this nation, the conversation, the hidden conversation that we have and we don`t have but one we must continue to debate to make this nation better. It deals with can we trust our justice system and how do we deal with racial profiling? How do we deal with issues about race in this nation?

This is something that will continue and continue until we sit down and have the great debate. It is what we divides our nation and it is these conversations as gross as they are to have, it is this type of conversation that we must have for our country.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Got to leave it right there. Thank you Ro.

Nancy next.

Jodi Arias to return to court July 18, 2013 (videos)

Jodi Arias returned to court on June 20, 2013, for a status hearing regarding the continuance of her trial as the state of Arizona seeks the death penalty against the convicted murderer. Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder on May 8, 2013, for the June 4, 2008, murder of her lover Travis Alexander. A jury of her
Jodi Arias enters courtroom on June 20, 2013
peers found her guilty of first-degree murder with aggravating factors, but could not unanimously determine an appropriate sentence.

Arias was set for a continuance of the penalty phase of her trial to reconvene on July 18, 2013, but during today's hearing, Judge Sherri Stephens decided to delay that event and instead another status hearing will be held on July 18, 2013.

You may watch video from today's court hearing below.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Jodi Arias case update: Court hearing Thursday, June 20, 2013 (videos)

Things have been relatively quiet on the Jodi Arias front, but her attorneys will be in court on Thursday, June 20, 2013. We'll have all the latest developments and
updates following the status hearing.

Tune in for live coverage from Arizona.

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Mark O'Mara press conference on George Zimmerman trial: June 14, 2013 (videos, transcript)

Mark O'Mara, criminal defense attorney for George Zimmerman, spoke to the public on June 14, 2013, after jury selection concluded for the day. The following is the video from that press conference as well as the transcript. Mark O'Mara arrives at approximately 4:11.

Mark O'Mara Press Conference June 14, 2013.

Mark O'Mara: Good afternoon guys, how ya doing? Long week, but I think a good week, so. Certainly we're enthused with the fact that one, we're going to get a jury in Seminole county. I know a lot of people had some concerns about whether or
Mark O'Mara speaks during press conference
not we'd actually be able to pick a jury here in Seminole County. And, I know I was  one of the ones who kept saying I thought we would, because we've never failed to pick a jury in Seminole county in the past, even with high-profile cases. And it looks like we're going to get a Seminole county jury to decide a Seminole county case. So, firstly, very happy about that.

Secondly, I know it's slow going to the outside -- it's not slow going to the inside. Those of us who've done this before and know the process and how it needs to happen -- I think it's working out pretty well. So, sorry we're taking more time than I know you'd like us to -- this isn't the fun part of a trial, for media -- but it is a very, very significant, important part for us, so it's going well. We're making good progress.

I'm very happy. The jurors I think for the most part are being very honest and straightforward. This process does not work if jurors don't tell us the truth. And it does work when jurors tell us the truth, so.

I know that we've had some examples where that hasn't been quite what we were expecting from people.  Luckily we were able to identify that. But hopefully the rest of the jurors will continue to tell us the truth, be open and honest with us, and won't let any of those outside influences that we're so concerned about affect how they're going to present themselves to us as jurors because as I've said before, if this -- whatever the verdict is going to be -- if we're going to survive this as a criminal justice system -- not only survive it, but even get more trust from people, not less -- we need to make sure that the jury verdict is believable and it is trusted.

That can only happen if the juror is honest with us to us who are picking them, and honest in their verdict. So, we're at that first stage right now but I'm comfortable we'll get a jury and that they're answering the questions well for us. So, that's where we are.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Watch George Zimmerman trial day 5, June 14, 2013 (full videos)

On June 14, 2013, George Zimmerman returned to the Seminole County courthouse for the fifth day of his second-degree murder trial. Zimmerman is accused of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. It was the fifth day of
jury selection in the highly anticipated trial that is expected to last between two and four weeks.

Court began at approximately 9:25 a.m. and the following potential jurors were questioned: G-29; G-47; G-63; G-66; G-81; G-87; H-6. Juror G-81 was dismissed due to the fact he lived close to the crime scene. The remaining six jurors were told to return to court on Tuesday as they have been selected for further questioning.

The prosecution and defense are seeking 40 potential jurors for further questioning. Of the pool, six jurors and four alternates will be selected.

You may watch George Zimmerman jury selection day 5, June 14, 2013 in the link below.


Watch George Zimmerman trial streaming live online, June 17, 2013

On June 17, 2013, George Zimmerman returned to the Seminole County courthouse where he begins the second week of jury selection in his second-degree murder trial. Zimmerman is charged with the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting death of unarmed,
George Zimmerman appears in court
teenager Trayvon Martin, 17. The state and defense are looking for a pool of 40 jurors who will pass the first portion of questioning that focuses on the amount of pretrial publicity they have been exposed to and whether they have formed an opinion on the case. Those who make it through the first round will be retained for further questioning as the state and defense will ultimately decide upon six jurors and four alternates for the case.

As of Monday morning, 29 potential jurors have been selected including 20 women and 9 men.

Juror questioning began at 9 a.m. with the following potential jurors being questioned: H-7; H-10; H-13; H-18; and H-27. This afternoon will be a Frey hearing as the prosecution and defense battle regarding 911 audio tapes made on Feb. 26, 2012, and an undetermined voice that screams for help. The prosecution argues that Trayvon Martin is the voice heard on the tape, pleading in fear for his life just moments before George Zimmerman shot and killed him.

The defense counters that the voice heard on the tape is George Zimmerman screaming out in pain and shows that Trayvon Martin was attacking him, leaving Zimmerman no other option than to kill him in self-defense.

You may watch the George Zimmerman trial streaming live online, June 17, 2013 here.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Watch George Zimmerman trial day 4, June 13, 2013 (full videos)

George Zimmerman returned to the Seminole County courthouse on June 13, 2013, for the fourth day of jury selection. Zimmerman faces second-degree murder charges for the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

Court started with a warning not to bring cell phones that are turned on into court. This rule was issued after someone's cell rang during Wednesday's proceedings.
From now on, anyone who has a ringing phone during court will be told to leave the courtroom. As has been the case since the first day of the trial, Trayvon Martin's parents were in attendance. The most significant developments were that
George Zimmerman in court on June 13, 2013
the jury would be sequestered and that the trial was expected to last between two and four weeks.


Court began at approximately 9:10 a.m. and the first potential juror to be questioned was E-50. E-50 answered questions regarding his familiarity with the case and stated that he heard about large crowds and was familiar with George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin as he had seen pictures of them. He also told defense attorney Mark O'Mara that he likes to play golf and being sequestered would interfere with his golf game. When asked about the racial tones of the case, e-50 said he felt that the racial aspect had been overblown.


Next up for questioning was potential juror E-75. He was a recent high school graduate who said that while a junior in high school during the time of the shooting; he had friends and acquaintances who said they personally knew Trayvon Martin. He also stated that many in his school believed that George Zimmerman was guilty, but he remained neutral and hadn't formed an opinion on the case.


Juror E-81 came to court with her mind made up and a clear attitude that she didn't want to be on the jury. When asked if she had heard about the case, she stated that she believed George Zimmerman was innocent due to the photos of his bloodied head and nose. She also referred to newly released photos of Trayvon Martin with a gun and marijuana and said since Travyon Martin was headed down a wrong path, she believed he was the aggressor. E-81 said she did not want to be on the jury because no matter the outcome, she would have a target on her back.


Potential juror K-80 said that she followed the case when it happened, but then compared it to Casey Anthony and felt it had been blown out of proportion. She did not trust media spin but said she was bothered by the racial aspects of the case. She also stated she sympathizes with Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton. Despite not wanting to be on the jury and fearing what would happen should her name be released after a verdict is rendered, K-80 said indicated could be fair and impartial and render a verdict based upon the evidence.


K-95 said she is taking online classes that finish in July and she could handle being sequestered as long as she had Internet access. She also said she remembered traffic problems due to the protests but wasn't sure why people were protesting.


Juror N-18 reads the Bible instead of watching news and said that he believes all murder is against God's commands, therefore George Zimmerman was guilty.


Potential juror B-34 said he could not keep an open mind and believed George Zimmerman was guilty. He was excused quickly.


Potential juror B-67 stated she couldn't judge as no one can be anyone's judge but God.


Potential juror P-67 says that he is familiar with the case and believed it was a fatal accident. He indicated he didn't think it was a racial incident.


G-14 willingly admitted to seeing much pretrial publicity regarding the case. She also said that after receiving her summons to court she researched different cases and read more information regarding the Zimmerman, Martin case. Though she was familiar with the events, she said she could remain open to the evidence the state and defense presented.


Potential juror B-65 had been questioned on Tuesday. She returned Wednesday and said that it would be a hardship for her to be on the trial.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Jodi Arias case update: Is Arias mentally ill? (videos, Nancy Grace transcripts)

There is a new defense strategy being tossed around for Jodi Arias' upcoming penalty phase and it was put out their by the prosecution's own witnesses. When Jodi Arias' defense had domestic violence expert Alyce Laviolette testify that she
Dr. Janeen Demarte testifies on April 29, 2013
believed Arias suffered from PTSD and displayed symptoms of battered person's syndrome, Juan Martinez countered the claims by having his own expert testify.

When Dr. Janeen DeMarte testified that she had personally examined Jodi Arias and determined she suffered from borderline personality disorder; the defense had the information needed to plan their future strategy.

At the time Dr. DeMarte testified on April 29, 2013, Jodi Arias was still hoping for an acquittal or to be convicted of a lesser charge; not the first-degree murder with aggravating factors verdict that made her death-penalty eligible. Though Wilmott and Nurmi tried to convince the jury to spare her life simply because she was a human being, those efforts weren't as effective as they'd hoped for. Instead of receiving what would have been the best penalty in Jodi Arias' interests, life with the possibility of parole, the jury was hung. Eight of the four jurors voted to sentence her to death. Now that the penalty phase trial is scheduled to resume in July, the defense is scrambling to save their client's life.

Is it scrambling or grasping at straws?

On June 13, 2013, HLN host Nancy Grace explored the new defense theory and discussed what the possible outcomes could be for Arias if the new jury believes Arias is mentally ill.

You may watch the full video from the Nancy Grace program along with the show transcript below.

What do you think? Is Jodi Arias mentally ill, and if so, should she be spared the death penalty for the June 3, 2008, murder of Travis Alexander?


Jodi`s Defense Claiming Insanity

Aired June 13, 2013 - 20:00:00 ET



JUAN MARTINEZ, PROSECUTOR: (INAUDIBLE) and she`s lying. She`s making it all up. She`s lied to everybody.

JODI ARIAS, CONVICTED OF MURDER: I can`t really explain why my mind did what it did.

MARTINEZ: Stabbed him to the heart (INAUDIBLE)

JODI ARIAS: You make me feel like I was...

MARTINEZ: He was killed in three different ways.

JODI ARIAS: ... the most freaking beautiful...

He called me a skank.

I didn`t feel altogether forced.

MARTINEZ: Absolutely without a shadow of a doubt, she`s a liar.

JODI ARIAS: Many occasions, he was very romantic, very loving.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Obviously, the slit to the throat would kill him.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: ... sex with Travis. That was his preference.

MARTINEZ: And the shot to the face would have killed him.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: "Did you enjoy having sex with Travis?"

JODI ARIAS: For the most part, yes, I did. Very much.

MARTINEZ: She knew. She absolutely knew and had already planned it. She knew she was going to kill him.


NANCY GRACE, HOST: Good evening. I`m Nancy Grace. I want to thank you for being with us. After a stunning deadlock in the Arias murder trial, bombshell tonight, an incredible U-turn by the Jodi Arias camp, a brand-new defense. Retrial is set to start July 18. New defense, Jodi Arias is mentally ill. And tonight, we learn Arias could be heading to a treatment facility instead of life behind bars or death row.

Also, as we go to air, we confirm Arias in hot water at Estrella jail for allegedly attacking another female inmate. And tonight, amidst Arias`s claims she and her lawyers were secretly bugged, were wiretapped at the courthouse, we learn the Arias sex tape that exploded in that Arizona courtroom, claims surfacing Arias secretly recorded Travis after luring him onto the phone, why? To send the sex tape to his new girlfriend, to sabotage any relationship Travis could ever have other than with Arias.

That surfacing. Also, we learn tonight Martinez says that he can absolutely prove that so-called letters from Travis were actually forged by Jodi Arias. Arias tried and tried to introduce these letters at trial to show that Travis had beaten her, that he was a pedophile, that he was an all-around bad guy.

But when they were not allowed in court, Arias`s mother tried to peddle them, sell them, to "The National Enquirer." They turned it down. Long story short, we now learn Martinez says he can absolutely prove that these letters were forged.

We are live in Arizona and taking your calls. The big bombshell out of all of that, though, is Jodi Arias set to head to a mental treatment facility instead of life behind bars or the death row.

Out to Jean Casarez, HLN legal correspondent. Jean, we now know the lawyers are proclaiming high and low that Jodi Arias is a, quote, "mentally ill" woman. How?

JEAN CASAREZ, HLN LEGAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, they are accepting the diagnosis of the prosecution`s expert with borderline personality disorder. They are going on to say that since she is mentally ill, it would be unconstitutional to sentence her to death. And number two, Nancy, they may say she`s not even competent to be sentenced.

GRACE: OK. That`s a whole `nother can of worms, mental incompetency to stand trial.

Unleash the lawyers. George Parnham with us, high-profile lawyer out of Houston, former lawyer for Andrea Yates, who claimed insanity, Mickey Sherman, veteran trial lawyer. And also with us, Terry -- Terence Lenamon. As you recall, he`s the death penalty expert that argued against the death penalty in the tot mom, Casey Anthony, murder trial.

All right, George Parnham, a borderline personality disorder does not equal a mental illness or insanity under the law, does it?

GEORGE PARNHAM, DEFENSE ATTORNEY (via telephone): That`s correct, Nancy. And thanks for having me. Borderline personality disorder is something that is more for mitigation. It is not -- it does not equate as a severe mental illness, and that must be a factor in any type of insanity defense that is offered to a jury.

GRACE: So Mickey Sherman, to you, very quickly. Why -- in the Yates case that George Parnham represented Andrea Yates, that was insanity. So what`s the whole point of the lawyers trying to say she`s mentally ill?

MICKEY SHERMAN, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Well, why not? All they`re trying to do right now is save her life. They`re not trying to find her not guilty. So they`ve got something to work with. They`ve got the prosecutor opening the door with borderline personality disorder. So they`re parlaying that, together with the fact that, clearly, she`s nuts, but not insane.

GRACE: OK, Lenamon?

TERENCE LENAMON, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Yes, borderline personality disorder is a DSM-4 diagnosis. And what`s important here is that you can go the jury...

GRACE: What does that mean?

LENAMON: ... with the right expert and say...

GRACE: Wait. What -- don`t throw terms like that around to the viewers when you know we all don`t know what you`re talking about. That`s a DSM-4 class -- come on. Please. Speaky englez (ph)!

LENAMON: The mental health people said that that`s a legitimate diagnosis to consider when you`re talking about mental illness. And basically, what they`re doing is they`re taking this mental illness, what was codified by the state attorney`s office, and saying, Listen, you know, this could have a genetic component, meaning this is not your fault, Ms. Arias. This is not your fault.

And when the jury hears that, all you need is one juror to go, Listen, she was born with a disorder that allows us to find life, as opposed to death. And I think it`s a clever move, finally, by the defense team in moving forward on this.

GRACE: You know what, Lenamon? I appreciate that you and Sherman and Parnham think that it`s clever. I, however, am more interested in the truth.

Back out to you. Jean Casarez, so now the lawyers are claiming she`s mentally ill. Matt Zarrell, all of this is in the middle of -- we find out that Arias is claiming that she and her lawyers were wiretapped, were bugged?

MATT ZARRELL, NANCY GRACE PRODUCER (via telephone): Yes, Nancy. This all stems from an in-chambers conversation that was just released. And we`re finding out now more details, including that Nurmi complained to the judge about media reports about the phone sex tape that was not played in open court yet. And Nurmi alleged that someone was probably leaving a recording device hidden inside the closed courtroom to listen to the proceedings outside the presence of the media.

GRACE: You know, Jean Casarez, we were all in the courtroom day in, day out. Now the defense -- well, Jodi Arias is claiming that somebody secretly bugged the courtroom so the sex tape could be leaked?

CASAREZ: Well, it was evidence, so it was public evidence. And so why do you have to have a secondary recorder? It was broadcast to the country.

GRACE: You know, you`re so right. And that on the heels of us also finding out tonight another bombshell regarding Jodi Arias. Apparently, her brother is broadcasting, is stating that the real reason that Jodi Arias created this sex tape without Travis finding out is to sabotage, to torpedo, a relationship with his new girlfriend.

What do we know about that, Alexis Tereszcuk, Radaronline?

ALEXIS TERESZCUK, RADARONLINE.COM: That`s exactly right. Jodi`s brother is speaking out, and he has been very, very public. He`s on Facebook. He`s all over the Internet. And he`s saying that the reason Jodi made this tape was she was planning on showing it to any future girlfriends that Travis had.

This is shocking to me. It truly is. It shows just the depths of her planning and the evil thoughts that she had, and that if she couldn`t have him, no one else would. And that`s what he says. He says this is exactly what she was going to do. She wanted other people to know. And so, basically, this is that she trapped him into it, is what I think.

GRACE: So bottom line, so much still churning in the Arias trial. It`s set to go to retrial July 18, Martinez indicating that he`s already got his witness list ready and he`s ready to go forward. This as the defense claims she`s mentally ill.

We are taking your calls. Tonight, (INAUDIBLE) report Jodi Arias is headed to a cushy psych ward instead of death row. Legal correspondents, legal court watchers, reeling with the news.

To Sarah in New Mexico. Hi, Sarah. What`s your question?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi there. It`s not really a question. It`s more of a statement. I just don`t see how they can find her -- her mental illness anywhere insane, when she was already competent enough to stand trial once. You know, it could be diminished responsibility, but all that would do is lessen the offense. I really just don`t see how it`s possible.

GRACE: Jodi Arias`s lawyers calling her a, quote, "mentally ill" woman who was no prior criminal history. We now learn also tonight that she is allegedly in hot water in the Estrella jail for attacking another female inmate. This amidst claims she`s headed for a cushy psych ward instead of death row or life behind bars.

Out to the lines. Kim in Georgia. Hi, Kim. What`s your question?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi, Nancy. I have a comment. I think that this lady is sick. I think she is sick and then being very mean and selfish. And I think that she is extremely smart because she knew how to plan out everything that she done to carry out that murder. And she knew that she didn`t want him to have anybody else. And now that she knows that she got caught, found guilty, she`s going to do everything she can to play off being crazy.

And I hope that our jurors are going to be smart enough to see through her and put her on death row because that`s where she belongs.

GRACE: Well, you know what? Jodi Arias may be smarter than all of us. Listen to what Arias said at the get-go.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We touched on the mental illness. Most people think what you did to Travis Alexander is insane. Juan Martinez said you killed him three times. Why didn`t they do an insanity plea?

JODI ARIAS: I don`t know.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Don`t you think the jury would have really believed that, I mean, after looking at all of the evidence? You even said you don`t know. You`ve kind of dabbled (ph). You feel you have several things going on with your psyche.

JODI ARIAS: Yes. I just -- I don`t know that -- I don`t know why that decision was made. I really don`t.


GRACE: Arias saying, Why didn`t we plead insanity to start with? More of that interview,



JODI ARIAS: Not that I remember.

I don`t remember that part.

I don`t remember.

I don`t remember.

I don`t know.

I don`t know.

I don`t know.

I don`t remember.

MARTINEZ: Your memory issues, talking about that, right?

JODI ARIAS: I don`t know.

I don`t know.

I don`t know.

It could be because I don`t remember.

Not that I remember -- I remember -- I remember.

I don`t know.

MARTINEZ: We`re talking about your memory problems, right?

JODI ARIAS: I don`t know that I would really call it a problem.

MARTINEZ: Can`t you tell us anything.

JODI ARIAS: I don`t remember.

I don`t know.

I don`t remember.

I don`t remember.

I don`t know.

I don`t know.

MARTINEZ: You don`t know. Right?

JODI ARIAS: I don`t know.

I don`t remember that far back.

MARTINEZ: Do you have a problem with your memory?

JODI ARIAS: I don`t know.


GRACE: Welcome back. Bombshell reports tonight that Jodi Arias`s lawyers set to send her to a cushy psych ward instead of death row or even life behind bars. This amidst claims that Martinez says he can prove those letters from Travis were really forged by Jodi Arias, letters incriminating Travis Alexander out to be an abuser, a pedophile and more.

And remember, when the judge disallowed these letters in court, the mom, Jodi Arias`s mom, tried to sell them to "The Enquirer," who wisely has to date not published them.

Straight out to Matt Zarrell, on the story. We are now learning that Jodi Arias could be headed to a cushy psych ward. Where would she go? She`d be out of Estrella jail, right?

ZARRELL: Yes, she would. She would -- we believe she would go to state hospital and the prison complex in Phoenix. The special unit is called the Flamenco (ph) Health Center for Women. Now, this is if she undergoes a psych evaluation to determine whether she`s competent to stand trial for the penalty phase.

GRACE: There you see Flamenco Mental Health Center. It`s very small, a 20-bed facility, very cushy, focused on education programs. Man, Arias would be running this place in about a month!

We are also learning that Arias behind bars in hot water at Estrella for attacking another inmate. What happened, Matt?

ZARRELL: Yes, apparently -- this is in disciplinary reports that have been released. She got in a fight with a cellmate, and coincidentally enough, Arias claimed self-defense. Sound familiar?

The officers saw Arias with her back against the wall and kicking her cellmate. Arias said she had to defend herself. The cellmate actually pled guilty to assaulting Arias. But again, we have a self-defense claim.

GRACE: Another self-defense claim, arias allegedly attacking another female inmate.

This mental illness claim goes back a long way, as far back as her mother and dad. Take a listen to what they told police about it.


SANDY ARIAS, JODI`S MOTHER: Jodi has mental problems. Jodi would freak out all of the time. I had quite a few of her friends call me and tell me that I need to get her some help. I had one call me in the middle of the night and tell me that she needed help. Jodi wouldn`t call me. We don`t have a good relationship, me and Jodi.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, your husband kind of told me about the relationship.

SANDY ARIAS: And she would call me in the morning all happy, and call me an hour or two later in tears, crying and sobbing about something she didn`t want to talk about. That happened constantly. And her friends saw it, too. I had one friend call me in the middle of the night, and he even called a hotline for bipolar people, said Jodi is bipolar and she needs help. And that`s why we talked her into coming back up here, so she could be around family.

Do they do a psychiatric evaluation when they do things like this?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`m sure they will. I`m sure they will. It doesn`t come up in every case, but in her situation, it`s something that will probably happen.

SANDY ARIAS: Because I know that`s one of the things, when she was in Arizona, I called -- I called -- she was a member of the Mormon church, and I called the bishop here and wanted to know if there was any way he could find out where she was going to the church because I wanted to talk to him and see if he could talk to Jodi and find out what`s going on because, like I said, she would just totally flip out on me. And I had one of her friends call me in the middle of the night, call us one night and say, You need to get Jodi some help.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) she would flip out on you (INAUDIBLE)

SANDY ARIAS: Just, like, call me one minute happy, and the next minute in tears. And I mean, she would just -- like she was a totally different person.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Feel like you wanted to help her but she wouldn`t let you?


GRACE: That`s Jodi Arias`s mom, the dad also reflecting the same sentiment.

Tonight, apparently, Jodi Arias could be set to go to a cushy mental health facility, claiming mental illness, a 20-bed residential situation for women, as opposed to Estrella jail or the death row. This after she slaughters Travis Alexander, stabbing him 29 times, shooting him, leaving him for dead in the shower? Now she claims she`s mentally ill?

You know what? Is Jodi Arias really mentally ill? Remember, she was the winner of "American Idol" behind bars. You decide. You take a look.


JODI ARIAS: (SINGING) O, holy night, the stars are brightly shining. It is the night of our dear savior`s birth. Long lay the world...




JODI ARIAS: She was standing over Travis, near him, and he was -- the guy with the gun was standing near me. He pulled the trigger and nothing happened.

Couldn`t keep my stories straight.

He finally just pulled the trigger.

MARTINEZ: They`re not true.

JODI ARIAS: Hyperventilating and heart was racing.

All the same things, just different versions.

Couldn`t keep my lies straight.

I started to pull on him and I said, Come on, come on, come on, let`s go, let`s go.

MARTINEZ: Did you lie to the detective, yes or no?


MARTINEZ: To "48 Hours."


MARTINEZ: The people in Utah?

JODI ARIAS: Yes. Everyone.


GRACE: Out to Alexis Tereszcuk. Now claims Martinez says he can absolutely prove those letters from Travis Alexander were forged by Jodi Arias, letters showing that he was admitting to all sorts of criminal behavior.

TERESZCUK: He says absolutely that he could have done that. He was basically daring the defense to try to bring them into evidence. He said he would bring in a handwriting expert and they would prove that the letters were forged. They were not written by Travis Alexander.

GRACE: Matt Zarrell?

ZARRELL: Nancy, Martinez nearly challenged the defense to say it. Martinez also alleged that the defense wants it both ways, that they want the letters in, but they don`t want anybody making a comment about the validity of the letters. So you can`t have it both ways, is what Martinez argued.

GRACE: He claims he can absolutely show -- he can prove these letters were forged by Arias. They were even peddled to "The National Enquirer," and here is what Mike Walker from "The National Enquirer" has to say.


MIKE WALKER, "NATIONAL ENQUIRER": Jodi Arias has tried to ensnare us, to drag us, "The National Enquirer," into her twisted scheme. What she has done is she has given us letters. And these letters are meant to portray or to trash Alexander`s reputation as a violent, sex-crazed deviant who abused her so horrifically, she was forced to kill him.

Her mother came to us and said that Jodi wanted us to publicize these letters that were allegedly written by Travis Alexander in his own hand. And she had electronic copies of these letters. Her mom approached us. She was quite emotional. She was in tears. And her mom, I don`t think, knows what`s going on. She just said, Jodi wanted me to get these letters out to the public. I`m only doing this because she asked me to.




JODI ARIAS: Well, I was thanked before on occasion. It just seemed like the frequency and the intensity of it increased (INAUDIBLE)

MARTINEZ: You are familiar with the defendant`s family of origin issues in this case, right?

JODI ARIAS: They were -- I think that`s the first year my dad started using a belt.

SANDY ARIAS: Jodi has mental problems. Jodi would freak out all the time.

JODI ARIAS: My mom began to carry a wooden spoon in her purse.

JOSE MARTINEZ, PROSECUTOR: There were many issues involving her father, right?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, sir, there were issues.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Strange person.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: His body was dragged to the shower and he was shot in the head along the way.

ARIAS: As far as making comparisons of physical injuries, him versus mine.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: From ear to ear. His face was dark purple, almost black. The rest of his body was a very pale white.


NANCY GRACE, HLN HOST: Welcome back, everyone. For those of you just joining us, we learn Jodi Arias may be set to head off to a cushy psych ward, a 20-bed residential type facility for women with a focus on education, as opposed to life behind bars or death row.

This amongst claims that the letters Jodi Arias wanted admitted into evidence were forged. And Martinez says he can prove it. Letters claiming to be written by Travis Alexander, her murder victim, making him out to be an abuser, a criminal and a pedophile.

Those letters, says Martinez, absolutely forgeries. Not only do they try to bring them into evidence at trial and dupe the jury, they tried to sell them to the "National Enquirer."

We learned Jodi Arias in hot water at Estrella Jail for allegedly attacking another female inmate. Once again, Arias claims self-defense.

All this amidst a stunning revelation from the jury foreperson.

Out to Jean Casarez joining us in the field, HLN legal correspondent.

Jean, what have we heard from the jury foreman?

JEAN CASAREZ, HLN LEGAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, we`ve heard big news from him. We have heard that he actually voted for life for Jodi Arias. He did not want the death penalty. He said he found three mitigating factors. Number one, her age. And Jennifer Wilmont brought that into her closing argument. Number two, no criminal history. And number three, he felt that she was psychologically abused by Travis Alexander.

GRACE: Jean, what do we know about which juror wanted to know about Jodi Arias` boob job? It was a question that they wanted asked to Arias, but the judge refused to allow it. I assume it was one of the male jurors.

CASAREZ: We can assume. Assume nothing, right? But we do know it was one of 29 questions that were focused on sex, which seemed to be the focal point of the entire trial.


GRACE: No, I had a count of 39.

CASAREZ: We don`t know but it was a predominantly male jury. Thirty-nine.

GRACE: I have a count of --

CASAREZ: Predominantly male jury.

GRACE: The sex question. Yes. So --

CASAREZ: You`re right.

GRACE: And isn`t it true, Jean, that the foreman also said when he first walked into the courtroom that he took one look at Jodi Arias -- one look at her -- and said, wow, I don`t believe such a petite young woman could ever do something like this. I just couldn`t wrap my head around it.

I mean, he was already -- had a preconceived notion that she couldn`t do it. Now we hear he voted for life.

CASAREZ: That`s a very good point.

GRACE: Now we know that male jurors were asking questions about her boob job. I don`t know. I smell a rat.

Out to the lines. Nancy in California. Hi, Nancy. What`s your question?

NANCY, CALLER FROM CALIFORNIA: Hi, Nancy. Well, you brought it up about you were just talking about her being in a fight, I believe it was yesterday. But they said she was shackled at the same time when this was going on. And so I don`t know, you know when other prisoners get in a fight, they throw them in solitary for like a month. And doesn`t that prove that she`s a violent person, not crazy?

GRACE: You know, Alexis Tereszcuk, senior reporter, RadarOnline.

Alexis, what do we know?

ALEXIS TERESZCUK, REPORTER, RADAROLINE.COM: What we know is that behind bars -- Jodi has been in jail since 2008. She has had 14 infractions. She has an incredibly long rap sheet behind bars. Nothing to do with Travis being murdered. She actually is in trouble repeatedly behind bars, and she did get in this fight with her roommate.

She also is doing very sneaky things that -- there were pens that she hides. And while that doesn`t seem like maybe to you -- well, Nancy, maybe you. But to me, oh, she has pens, she wants to write letters. No. They are saying that these could perhaps be turned into weapons.

So this is -- and she`s also has unauthorized photographs. Jodi is -- cannot even follow the rules behind bars.

GRACE: Out to Shaun Alexander, former roommate, friend of Travis Alexander, knew Arias.

Shaun, thank you for being with us. What do you make of reports she`s headed to a cushy mental health facility, a 20-bed residential facility with a focus on education?


SHAUN ALEXANDER, TRAVIS ALEXANDER`S FRIEND: Well, it`s obviously frustrating and it`s not surprising, to be honest. She`s that type of girl. She`s very manipulative. She`ll change like a chameleon. She`ll do whatever she`s got to do to save her life at this point. And so now that the play is, OK, I`m going to say that I`m mentally unstable, right, so go ahead and put me into a mental hospital where it`s easy, it`s -- you know, a cake walk compared to what she knows she is in for if she doesn`t go this route.

And so now she`s going to start acting all looney and all crazy and do all these whatever off the scene stuff to make it seem like yes, she`s crazy, she needs to be there. So, you know, why they didn`t go with the crazy plea from the beginning is beyond me, because the idea of the self-defense, whatever it was that they tried to do in the very first place was never going to work. And we all knew that. But she`s not crazy. She is manipulative, she`s lying --

GRACE: Well, as a matter of fact, Shaun, you heard Arias on speakerphone the night that Travis` body was found. Did she seem crazy to you?


ALEXANDER: Well, the sad part about it is that looking back it -- I mean, the ability of hers to lie is insane. The believability of her lies is just crazy. It crazy because when she called, she sounded just like any distraught, freaked out friend that we were calling the whole night. We were calling everybody to try and let them know what was going on and that kind of thing.

And she was just -- like everybody else. Was freaking out. Was screaming and crying and distressed and couldn`t believe it. And after that phone call, I honestly believed she had nothing to do with it. It wasn`t until months later that I found out she even had anything to do with this whole thing. I assumed at that point it was somebody totally different that had done what they had done to Travis.

And I had taken her off my radar list completely after listening to that call. So I can 100 percent see why people believe the lies that she has because she is good at it. That`s what she is good at doing. She is good at lying. She is good at manipulating. She is good at changing everything about herself to be whatever person she needs to be to win over whatever audience she is taking over.

GRACE: With me, Shaun Alexander, former friend and roommate of Travis`.

Aaron Brehove, body language expert, author of "Knack Body Language."

Aaron, I`m very anxious to hear your observations.

AARON BREHOVE, VOICE ANALYSIS AND BODY LANGUAGE EXPERT: Well, Nancy, we -- a lot of times, we`re looking at her, I hear everybody say she`s crazy. And I think that`s more of a -- it`s more of a casual term. But why do we say that? Why is everyone saying she is crazy, she`s a little bit out there?

Well, she -- take off the table the fact that she murdered her boyfriend in this gruesome manner and look at the lack of emotion she has, the lack of remorse and conscience. And she is going through given statements, she`s crying. These are all feigned emotions. And we can all see this, we can all feel it, how feigned they are.

So we ask a question, OK, does she have real emotions. And the one emotion we do see from her during these interviews before she was convicted of this is we see that she has duping delight. We see duping delight continuously coming out.

GRACE: What is that?

BREHOVE: Duping delight is when you can see happiness. When happiness slips out, basically. And they don`t -- they want to keep it in, but it slips out. You see the corners of the mouth come backing up, you see the corners of the eyes squint up a little bit, so trying to suppress it but it pops out. It`s duping delight.

And we see that emotion come out. So we know she does have emotions. While we feel it, she`s a little crazy, she`s very much not crazy in the defensible term. She is crazy as far as she`s not like any of us. She has no remorse for this gruesome act.

GRACE: Well, the perfect example, Aaron Brehove, you`re absolutely right, is when she smiled in her mug shot.



ARIAS: If Travis were here today, he would tell you that it wasn`t me. I witnessed Travis being attacked by two other individuals.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Were you at Travis` house?

ARIAS: Absolutely not. I was nowhere near Mesa. White Americans. They were not mafia or anything. I was not attracted at Travis` house. I was not. I think I got knocked out, but I don`t think it was that long. Such a blur. Are you sure it`s me? I mean, because I was not there. I`m not proud that I just left my friend there to be slaughtered at the hands of two other people. I was nowhere near Phoenix. I wasn`t even close to him.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Latent Print 169a was individualized as the left palm of Jodi Ann Arias.

ARIAS: Explanation for that will come out soon.


GRACE: Now a stunning revelation from the jury foreperson. He was the one that claimed when he walked into the courtroom and took one look at Jodi Arias, he found it very difficult to believe that a petite young woman like her could ever do such a heinous deed.

To Carolyn Robbins-Manley, jury consultant, joining me out of the Miami jurisdiction.

Carolyn, I`d like to hear your thoughts.

CAROLYN ROBBINS-MANLEY, JURY CONSULTANT: Well, let`s put it this way. It`s interesting that we`re talking about the foreperson, and he`s making these comments. And we`re back to the stereotype that unless you look like Charles Manson with wide eyes, how could you be a killer. So the interview answer he gave when he said that kind of gave us a little insight. Now he obviously got over that, because he did agree to find her guilty of first- degree murder. But the issue we`re talking about now is the penalty phase.

The four jurors who said that they could not find her -- did not want to award the death sentence, those would be the ones that I would be looking at, certainly if I were the prosecution, knowing that you have to go through this again. You have to embrace your weakness to figure out how to win.

And in this case, we`re hearing -- we might be frustrated that it`s a weakness. But we`re hearing the abuse excuse as something that seems to be working for the defense. This whole issue of insanity versus crazy and the legalities. Obviously, insanity is in the legal sense, do you know right from wrong.

GRACE: Exactly.

ROBBINS-MANLEY: But we`re hearing from these jurors -- yes, we`re hearing from these jurors in their interview, though, that they`re willing to, I don`t know, lessen that burden and say, hey, if we think you`re crazy, if we think you were abused, somehow they`re, you know, able to use that as an excuse to not hand down the death sentence.

GRACE: To Dr. Ramani Durvasula, clinical psychologist and author.

Dr. Durvasula, I am intrigued and concerned that Jodi Arias could be headed to a cushy mental health facility, a 20-bed all-female facility, residential type facility with a focus on education. How would that be different from Estrella Jail or Florence?

RAMANI DURVASULA, PH.D., CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: I mean, I think that in such a facility she is going to get -- she`s going to get therapy and they`re going to view her as having outcomes, perhaps even after -- the idea that they`re preparing her for another life, in theory. Honestly, though, I do not think a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder is going to end her up in that kind of facility. I really don`t. I think it`s an accurate diagnosis, I think it`s spot-on. But I don`t think that that`s -- it`s not going to get her.


GRACE: Ramani.

DURVASULA: This is a hail Mary pass.

GRACE: Fifty percent of Americans have a borderline personality disorder. That could be anything from narcissism, it could be a gamut of issues that do not rise to mental illness.

DURVASULA: I -- here I`m going to disagree. Because actually, probably less than 5 percent of Americans have this diagnosis. She has a messy diagnosis because she has so much sociopathy, and she has so much narcissism. She is a mixed picture. And the likelihood of treatment working with her, not so good.

GRACE: What is narcissism? Is it a borderline personality disorder?

DURVASULA: No, it`s a trait. It`s the sense of entitlement, the sense of envy, the chronic lying. The believing that you can get away with stuff that no one else can get away with.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: People would describe her as being irritable and upset.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sometimes she`s calm, real sweet. Ten minutes later she`s in a rage.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I had one friend call me in the middle of the night, calling the hotline for bipolar people, saying Jodi is bipolar and she needs help.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: After she performs or gives him oral sex does he leave?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He does. He gets in his car and he leaves.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`ve somehow managed to become his whipping girl and we`re both addicted to it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The only way she gets this information is through the defendant, not the journal but through the defendant. There`s a lack of trustworthiness here. She`s a liar.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We end up having makeup sex or in this case phone sex.

ARIAS: I really, really want to (EXPLETIVE DELETED) your (EXPLETIVE DELETED) right now.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s not the aggressor, she is.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`m just as naughty as he is. More, in fact.


GRACE: Is Arias headed to a cushy psych ward as opposed to staying in Estrella? Or going to death row?

We are taking your calls. But unleash the lawyers. Terry Lenamon, Mickey Sherman, George Parnham.

We now learned, Mickey Sherman, through her own brother that that sex tape that exploded in the courtroom, that Travis Alexander knew nothing about it, she was actually luring him into sex talk to send the tape to his new girlfriend.

That doesn`t sound crazy to me. Maybe crazy like a fox, Mickey Sherman.

MICKEY SHERMAN, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY, AUTHOR OF "HOW CAN YOU DEFEND THOSE PEOPLE?": Well, it just shows that she`s a little bit evil as we all know. This is not exactly shocking news that she did something inappropriate. The bottom line is the jury foreman has testified -- has been interviewed and talked about, is it enough to send her to the death row? That`s all we`re talking about. We`re not talking about whether or not she`s evil, manipulative --

GRACE: Well, I am actually talking about something else, Terry Lenamon. I`m talking her engineering the sex tape that became defense exhibit number one in the courtroom to show how awful Travis Alexander was when she lured him into it to sabotage his new girlfriend.

TERRY LENAMON, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Well, I think that tape can actually go both ways, Nancy. I think that if you look at that tape and go, is this the kind of woman who`s so desperate to please, to hold on to this relationship, that she would do anything? That goes to the borderline personality issue. And as I said --

GRACE: You are a wily one, Lenamon.

LENAMON: And not only genetic --

GRACE: Very wily.

LENAMON: -- but the abuse is one of the reasons borderline personality comes about. As in childhood reactions --

GRACE: OK. Somebody give me an aspirin because Lenamon has just turned this whole thing around on me.

George Parnham, help me out here. I don`t know why I`m asking you for help. You defended Andrea Yates who killed all her children. But to me, the sex tape, she`s going to try to send it to the new girlfriend, shows she`s anything but mentally ill. She knew exactly what she was doing, she`s just evil.

GEORGE PARNHAM, FORMER ATTORNEY FOR ANDREA YATES, FOUND LEGALLY INSANE: Well, you know, obviously we have a number of very bizarre actions on her part. To include the events of the death of the victim. Viciousness and the -- just the sheer numbers of stab wounds speaks volumes about what was going on in her mind at the time that this was taking place.


GRACE: We remember American hero Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Rodewald, 21, Albany, Oregon. Purple Heart, U.N. Non-Article 5 medal, "Operation Enduring Freedom" medal. Parents John and Jackie, stepmother Barbara, brothers Robert, Brian, Josiah, John and Joshua. Serving the Army and Navy. Sister Irene.

Joseph Rodewald, American hero.

And now straight back to a stunning revelation. Jodi Arias headed to a cushy mental health facility as opposed to life behind bars or death row?

Out to Melissa, Wisconsin. Hi, Melissa, what`s your question?

MELISSA, CALLER FROM WISCONSIN: Hi, Nancy. I just have a statement. Actually, being that I work in a state mental health facility, I completely agree with everybody`s diagnosis that she suffers from a borderline personality disorder. And from all that I researched with the case, the defense had tried to make a motion to the Supreme Court that Jodi was mentally ill and should go to a mental health facility due to the state`s witness claim that she suffers a borderline personality disorder.

The thing is, people like Jodi, they know right from wrong. She knows exactly what --

GRACE: You know what, Melissa.

MELISSA: Yes. Yes.

GRACE: You`re absolutely right. Knowing right from wrong at the time of the incident is the legal test, the McNaughton test for insanity in this country.

As we go to break, happy birthday to Jan. She`s beautiful. Put herself through school. Got a master`s degree while raising two boys, now grown, with wonderful jobs and educations. Spent a lifetime in education touching the lives of more people than she can ever know. Here we are at Times Square with my brother Mack.

Happy birthday, Jan.

Wesley Glen, Methodist home for the handicapped, raising donations for the Father`s Day campaign. They help the mentally ill. Please help Wesley Glen. Go do

Dr. Drew`s up next. I`ll see you tomorrow night, 8:00 sharp Eastern. And until then, everyone, good night, friend.


George Zimmerman trial jurors to be sequestered; how much will it cost?

As a Florida resident, I'm used to seeing big, media trials take over our local news, drag on for months at a time and then when it's all done, slap taxpayers with a hefty bill. Point in case, Casey Anthony. The Anthony trial dominated media and cost taxpayers more than $200,000 for jury sequestering alone. Now that Judge Debra Nelson has determined that the jurors in the George Zimmerman trial will also be sequestered, one prevailing question is, "How much is this going to cost?"

I can't tell you an exact figure, but I'm sure it will be less than the taxpayers of Arizona are paying to put Jodi Arias away

Some of the most shocking criminal cases that resulted in acquittals involved juries that weren't sequestered. The first two that come to mind are the aforementioned Casey Anthony trial and the O.J. Simpson trial. Is it possible that the fact they were sequestered and kept from media somehow influenced their decisions to acquit?

The sobering fact would be that if sequestering a jury leads to more acquittals, than an non-sequestered jury may be looking at media, despite judge's orders.

Jury to be sequestered in George Zimmerman trial
Jodi Arias' jurors were not sequestered. I would love to know for sure if some (if not all) sneaked a peek at HLN, went online and did a few Google searches, or followed the case on Facebook and Twitter. Could you imagine being a juror in a case and having been told to stay away from media, then stumbling upon something incredibly damaging to the defendant? Would you go the judge and remove yourself?

It's really such a twisted game, our justice system. Defendants are supposed to be "presumed innocent until proven guilty" and then we waste weeks and months trying to find people who haven't heard of a case or formed an opinion. O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman were household names long before they went to trial.

I'm all for sequestering a jury and I think it is critical to do so in this day and age, where media streams 24/7 and social networks deliver news faster than journalists can type away at their keyboards.

I don't think the Zimmerman trial is going to be very long; but maybe that's because I'm still suffering from Jodi Arias burnout and the marathon four-month trial that isn't even over yet.

Judge Debra Nelson has estimated the George Zimmerman trial to last between two and four weeks. She really seems down to business and I don't think anyone will be bossing her around, taking advantage of her or trying to get away with ridiculous shenanigans during Zimmerman's trial.

As for how much it will cost to sequester the jury? I'm not sure, but if we can guarantee a fair verdict based solely on the evidence and not from media hype and spin; it will be worth it.