Jodi Arias: Lawyers Will Withdraw if Jury Finds Out She Wanted Kirk Nurmi Fired

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Jodi Arias doesn't want her new jury to know what she thinks of her lawyer, or about a former cellmate who claims Arias wants prosecutor Juan Martinez killed.

Two motions filed in Maricopa County Superior Court today ask Judge Sherry Stephens to stop the information from coming out in the upcoming sentencing-phase trial.

If the new jury hears about an October 22 handwritten motion Arias made for a change of counsel, both of her lawyers will have to withdraw from the case, one of the new motions states.

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Arias was convicted in May of killing her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in his Mesa home in 2008. After watching Arias in court for four months, jury members deadlocked on the question of whether Arias should be executed. A March date for the new trial, which will determine only whether Arias will receive death or life in prison, has been postponed and Judge Stephens has yet to schedule a new date.

The first of the two fresh motions by Arias' defense team asks the judge to withhold from the jury any information about the 15-page handwritten letter, in which she told the judge she doesn't trust defense lawyer Kirk Nurmi, he doesn't like her, and that he has an "utter poverty of people skills."

Letting jury members hear testimony about Arias' motion would unfairly prejudice them, Nurmi states in the motion filed today.

But that's not the only problem with allowing the testimony.

"Ms. Arias draws the Court's attention to this rule because if she claims and/or assertions contained in Ms. Arias' Motion to Change Counsel are somehow deemed relevant and in turn admissible, both of Ms. Arias' attorneys would then become witness as they would then have relevant perspective on the claims and/or assertions Ms. Arias' made in this motion," the motion states. "Thus...both of Ms. Arias' attorneys would be ethically bound to withdraw. This withdrawal then would interfere with the rights due Ms. Arias..."

Nurmi points out in the new motion that Judge Stephens allowed Arias to suppress information about how in 2011, she asked the court "to retain her lead counsel against his wishes and the letter her mother Sandy Arias sent to the court in support of her daughter's contentions..."

The second motion filed by Nurmi today on behalf of Arias seeks to prevent any news of Arias' talkative ex-cellmate Cassandra Thea Collins from reaching the jury's ears.

In an interview with Fox-10 News (KSAZ-TV) on November 26, then on Headline News Network on January 8, Collins said that while she was Arias' cellmate before the trial, Arias told her she was considering asking a hit-man to give Martinez "a 'mafia bowtie,' meaning having someone slit his throat." Collins also said Arias had no remorse for her murder of Alexander.

Arias reportedly later tweeted that Collins' allegations were false.

The motion notes that no evidence that Collins' claims has been found, and that Collins "was found criminally incompetent to stand trial and had mental health problems of such severity that she was involuntarily committed to a mental health facility."

Any assertions Collins has made or will make in the future should be precluded, Nurmi wrote.

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

                Shit Crazy Mormons Do.


madelinemindy
madelinemindy

That crazy ex inmates staements are so dumb. I wouldn't worry about a fair jury even allowing that in their minds. The woman couldn't stand for her own court proceedings. She was found mentally disabled. 

So, how can the judge consider that in ?? 

Let Jodi get to filing her appeals ...move on ....

seecamp32
seecamp32

Put her away for life and end this circus. She loves publicity more than Sheriff Joke

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 " and he has for a change of counsel." [sic]


??

Chris Smith
Chris Smith

Kill the bitch already and move on to more news worthy topics.

nodealorg
nodealorg

@DonkeyHotay Travis was a crazed mormon
I think Travis was hopped up on goofballs all his life!

nodealorg
nodealorg

BTW, did you meet the vistim before of after his demise? Just curious.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... jealous you didn't get to bang her?

madelinemindy
madelinemindy

We should focus on what the sate of AZ did , not what they are continually doing. 

They killed many inmates. Ms. Powell RIP.

Killed at the Joe prison. She was left outside in the sun ,looked up in a box , like a dog ..no water in the AZ heat ..when dead her body temperature was 108 , her body full of blisters !!! -She was there for a car infraction, anyway.......KILLING PRISONERS IS ILLEGAL. Nobody was convicted of Ms. Powell's death .....?????

AZ, wake up

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