A compromise was reached today by Judge Sherry Stephens in the Jodi Arias murder trial to dismiss Juror #5 for “misconduct” but the judge denied the mistrial. According to ABC: “A juror who sat through three months of testimony in the Jodi Arias murder trial was dismissed today for “misconduct” after Arias’ attorneys claimed she made statements showing she was biased.” What the statements were isn’t clear, but it is presumed they’re not favorable to the defendant. We can only assume that maybe the juror discussed her dislike of the defendant’s portrayal Travis Alexander as an abusive lover, or just how crazy the juror thinks Arias really is for having this trial linger and wasting everyone time for the past few months.
The call by the judge was the correct call to make because Jodi Arias should not be allowed to walk on a technicality. There are too many court cases today where justice is being denied to the victims and victim’s family due to technicalities. The legal team of Jodi Arais has had numerous petitions to have a mistrial declared and thankfully the judge did not fall for the O-KE-DOKE. The 32-year-old Arias is charged with first-degree murder for the death of her ex-lover, Travis Alexander. This case is already in trial so let’s let the jury decide her innocence or guilt and stop cluttering up the court system with frivolous petitions, over-written briefs, and time consuming answers.
The defense antics of a mistrial were denied and rightfully BECAUSE dismissing the infectious juror was the rightful judgment by the judge. The trial will continue and we can only hope that there will be no more SHENANIGANS by Arias’ defense team.