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February 26th, 2013
11:03 PM ET

Toobin: 'She has lied so many times'

Jeffrey Toobin and Mark Geragos debate Jodi Arias prosecutor's aggressive cross-examination.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Jeffrey Toobin • Jodi Arias • Mark Geragos
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  1. Stan Robinson

    Arias is making Martinez look like a real fool. HE is the one who started playing the "Did I ask you [X], Ma'am" in response to every clarification of his preposterous yes/no questions, so no one can criticize Arias for putting a fine point on every one of his stupid questions. HE started it. In addition, Martinez seems to be routinely losing the plot. There is very little logical flow to his questions. We sit here and are asking each other "What the hell is he talking about NOW?". Confusing? YOU BET! If I were on the jury, I'd be on a steady diet of aspirins about now.

    Geragos is spot-on. Martinez is well along the way of snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory. What could have been a murder-1 easily, is now looking like it could easily turn into manslaughter. While no one thinks Arias is gonna walk, chances are good that she's not facing conviction on the top count, unless Martinez pulls another strategic blunder (which he's apparently pretty good at, from the looks of it) by submitting only murder-1. He may not get it. And he has NO ONE to blame but himself.

    If I were betting on this..... mistrial. And a different prosecutor when we do it all over again.

    March 1, 2013 at 7:05 am |
    • Bunnie Marten

      Hi Stan ! Have you been watching the entire trial ? No mistrial. She has steadily been caught by Martinez in many lies, especially on Feb.28, 2013. She broke down and admitted to the entire murder. She is not an easy person to cross examine. He maintained himself well. Geragos is a typical Defense Attorney and is on the show to balance the Prosecutorial point of view. You can find the entire trial so far on You Tube. Talking to Jodi is like talking to a snarky teenager in Juvie. She lies like she breathes.

      March 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
  2. Phil

    She will walk on premeditated for being a woman. Reverse the situation and make Jodi a Johnny and the verdict would already be in, camera crews gone, with CNN looking for "batter's up". She should get murder 1 just for the amount of lies and manipulation she has spewed from the stand. OJ would be proud of her.

    February 28, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
  3. Christine

    I am not sure acting like a big bully is the way to go. I don't believe she was treated badly by Travis, but there is such a thing as giving at least a tiny bit of respect to the defendant. Yes, Martinez is frustrated, but one never knows what the jury is thinking about his actions. Seems as if that isn't a smart way to go for the prosecution.

    February 28, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
  4. Betsy P

    The Prosecutor is just doing his job and trying to get to the truth. Arias is just being manipulative and quite frankly very frustrating. She can't answer a question yes or no. If the jury is being swayed to feel sorry for her they need to remember she admitted killing the guy–how do you feel Travis' family feels about this. The judge needs to step in and speed this up. A yes or no answer is all that is required and letting Arias go on and explain things is just being used as a tactic by the defense team. The time stamp on the pictures do not coincide with her stories. After watching the proceedings her story just doesn't stack up....in my opinion.

    February 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • Lynne

      I can't imagine how Travis' family feels, but if it were my child being trashed, I would want to go pull her hair out of her head. I guess when the victim can't talk, you can say anything you want (sad really). But I do not believe he mistreated her in any way. There is no proof whatsoever he did all these things she's saying, yet--it's out there. I just hope and pray the jurors are smarter than she thinks they are and convicts.

      March 1, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
  5. Danny Erb

    Jodi gave her tell sign for lying on the 48 hours interview, she starts an answer with "uummm" everytime she not telling the truth!!!!

    February 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • Lynne

      Oh, I noticed that too ummm (thinking thinking). When you kill the same man '3 different ways' how can it possibly be self defense. I seriously am worried the jurors won't 'get it'. I hope I am wrong

      March 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm |
  6. Duc Luong

    If she is acquitted, then why do we even have a justice system? Beyond a reasonable doubt is ridiculous.

    February 28, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
  7. Mike

    This gets me that they are basically saying that juries are that easily influenced that the prosecutor being demonstrative has a large influence on them.

    February 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
  8. Janis Goings

    I think Martinez is just as frustrated as the rest of us that he can't get a straight answer out of Jodi Arias. He does seem to be over the top but from what I have heard from legal experts this is just his style.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:06 pm |