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Is the Jodi Arias Trial the Craziest in America?

Is the Jodi Arias Trial the Craziest in America?


Airdate: 04/11/2013

It was a shocking recreation of what Jodi Arias said happened the night she killed her ex-boyfriend.

The cable network HLN built an exact model of the crime scene, and HLN personalities Vinnie Politan and Ryan Smith pointed out that Arias had just 62 seconds to kill her ex, Travis Alexander.

Politan said, "That's a lot of things to happen in 62 seconds."

As the clock ticked off the seconds, Arias' testimony was heard.

"I remembered where he kept the gun, so I grabbed it," she said.

The reenactment proved, they said, there's no way the ex-boyfriend died in the way Arias said.

"It's impossible," Politan said.

It's just the latest strange episode in what many say is the craziest trial in America.

But the trial is now in its jaw-dropping 14th week, and counting. Arias was on the stand for a whopping 18 days.

Beth Karas, correspondant for TruTV, said, "The fact that jurors had 230 questions for Jodi Arias and it took a couple days to get through them was unprecedented in my experience—and that a defendant was on the stand for 18 days."

Dr. Richard Samuels, a forensic psychologist, was on the stand for six days. On Thursday, psychotherapist Alyce LaViolette testified for the 10th day.

"It is really one of the more interesting, and one of the more longer trials I've ever covered," Karas said.

INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret spoke with Mark Geragos, one of the nation's best-known defense attorneys and author of the new book Mistrial.   

Moret asked, "Is the Jodi Arias trial a circus in your view?"

Geragos said, "This is what happens when you have a death penalty case. We are in an effort to be so positive of someone's guilt, we bend over backwards to the point of almost being ridiculous."

Chaos also reigned when juror number five was dismissed for mysterious reasons. Then, she stunned everyone by showing up in court as a spectator.

"Juror number five is in the courtroom to observe as a member of the public. You should have no contact with juror number five until the trial is over," the judge said to the jury.

Arias was actually tweeting from the trial. Referencing the aggressive prosecutor she wrote, "hmm... Anger management problems anyone?"

She is also selling artwork that she has been drawing in jail. One piece recently sold on eBay for $2,500.

Yet another day in the craziest trial in America.


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