To Jane Velez-Mitchell (@jvelezmitchell): Thank goodness there’s one person on @HLNTV with their brain functioning. I just went through the ceiling, finishing up watching the trial coverage from Thursday, and could not believe how every “expert” and guest on the HLN shows were freaking about Martinez’s cross examination of Laviolette. JVM actually had to explain the importance of his approach to the commentators and guests this morning. Whaa????
To HLN: your “experts” and guests are completely out of touch with the reality of the general population (aka JURORS!). Their whining made me want to slap some sense into them. (Oh wait – should I not say that because this a domestic violence “expert” witness??? Give me a break.)
I thought Samuels liked to hear himself talk – he had nothing on this woman. Laviolette did not provide a single bit of evidence that Arias was a victim of domestic violence – instead, she droned on and on and on, essentially forcing everyone to attend her little DV seminar while she collects $250/hr for re-victimizing the murder victim and throwing a massive pity-party for his murderer. It was a damned boring party – except for the parts where her testimony was actually showing that Travis was the victim of abuse by Jodi…too bad that evidence doesn’t seem to be admissible, though.
When Martinez started cross-examining Laviolette, she very quickly started getting snarky. She kept looking at the defense table and smiling wryly (you know patronizing people can be, like when they have their little secret clique and have already decided how they’re going to “deal with” someone they don’t like). At times she looked at the jury box and tried to do the same with them – nearly even rolling her eyes – but I got the sense that none of them were playing along because she’d quickly drop her eyes and wipe that snarky smile off her face.
She was smirking at Martinez, and right off the bat refused to give straight answers to his questions and then quickly started arguing with him – does she not understand this is a courtroom? She’s testified in court many times, right? And then she quickly commenced with challenging him. Who the hell does she think she is? He’s not there for a tea party, he’s prosecuting a confessed killer and this “expert” is behaving like a – there’s no other way to say it – a catty brat, and a bit of a bitch. I actually think she should have been admonished for coming dangerously close to contempt of court.
If she were truly confident in her assessment of Arias, she would have no need to argue with Martinez, she could simply answer his questions with confidence and be able to back up her statements and findings. She can’t, and thus her catty-bratty attitude from the starting line. Completely unprofessional, especially considering the “expertise” she supposedly has.
If I were a juror, just that amount of cross examination that was conducted on Thursday would have discredited her in my mind.
Laviolette asked Martinez to speak to her in the same way she was speaking to him – if you ask me, that’s what he did…just a little bit louder.