Relationships with the defense team and working relationships with the prosecutor Juan Martinez are a hot mess. Not only has Jodi tried to fire her lawyers at least twice, but Fox News reported that she also "allegedly" threatened to hire someone to give prosecutor Juan Martinez something termed a "Mafia Bowtie". These allegations came from an exclusive interview obtained by Fox News with a former cell mate of Jodi's at the Maricopa County Jail.
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Of course Jodi has denied those allegations.
Of course, it's probably just a coincidence that she also once denied actually doing that to Travis Alexander.
Suffice it to say that relationships between Jodi and prosecutor Juan Martinez are going to be a little strained come her September 8 sentencing retrial. Expect a lot of awkward moments.
But those won't be the only awkward moments during her trial, as she will probably be feeling some tension at her own table as well.
Between the end of her first trial in May 2013 and February 2014 Jodi has tried to fire her own lawyers at least three times. The most recent occurrence was in early February 2014. The Daily Mail reported that she wrote a 12 page letter to Judge Sherry Stephens asking for new representation saying she does not trust lead defense lawyer Kurt Nurmi.
Arias claimed in this letter she had not seen Nurmi in the jail for counsel since her trial originally ended last year in May. She also stated that Nurmi's "utter poverty of people skills" was another reason she wanted him removed.
She was denied this request.
Now she is in a bit of a pickle because she doesn't want the jury to find out about that, or that little Mafia Bowtie goof.
It was not long after that when another member of the defense team, Maria De La Rosa pulled a stunt not unlike one Jodi would pull herself. In late April she got her wrist slapped for attempting to smuggle Jodi's artwork out of the Maricopa County Jail. Not a huge crime by any stretch at the end of the day, but really it's just the principle of the things.
Suffice it to say, these cracked relationships are telling. The defense is not going in strong.
Being unable to sustain and maintain serious relationships, or even behave properly in regards to professional relationships, is a trait consistent with the borderline personality profile. Jodi was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder during the course of her trial, although given many of her observed behavior occurrences it is not unreasonable to speculate that her psychopathy as Dr. Drew refers to it, goes much deeper than that.