The alarm clock goes off at 2 am in order to make sure these trial divas get ready and trot down to the Maricopa County Courthouse to attend the Jodi Arias Status Conference set for today’s calendar. It is the first time we will see Jodi since the jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision regarding life or death. The day is built with great anticipation as every person who has been following the trial is hoping Judge Stephens will deny the defenses request for continuance and finish the retrial of sentencing phase. We know how important it is to support our fellow trial junkies by getting updated and accurate information, so we make sure we are there extra early in order to get in. This early arrival does not mean we fall short of caffeine as we make a pit stop at the local Starbuck’s since wine is not allowed in the courthouse. So, off we go in our Jimmy Choo’s to take on the day and see exactly what Judge Stephens and Jodi Arias have in store for everybody eagerly watching!
Upon arriving at the courthouse, it is eerily quiet as we immediately notice the absence of media galore and In Session trucks on every corner. Most notably absent were the mobs of spectators chasing down the cameras in hopes of getting their 15 min of fame. Well technically since the Jodi Arias trial has been a long and drudgerous one, they really found more like 3 hours of fame. Regardless of how much they received, today was not the day the sidewalks would be filled with the celebrity wannabe’s which meant the Trial Divas didn’t have to fight their way past the mobs and worry about breaking a nail to get in. That in itself is sweet victory.
Once inside we do the usual go through security, set off the buzzer, get scanned by officer and run to fifth floor…oh wait, we didn’t have to run to the elevator today. This was looking like it was going to be a successful endeavor. As the Trial Divas arrive on fifth floor we begin to wait for the doors to open allowing media, family and everyone else who is attempting to get a seat hoping for a glimpse of what the next step is. As the doors open, we pick our seats with an abundance to choose from and claim our stake. This means we will get a first hand glimpse for all our loyal followers being able to bring live data to each of them. As we sit in the courtroom we look around and most notably are the one million attorney’s that are present to represent other offenders. This makes it much different than the trial. During the trial phase, everything was Jodi Arias related. Every single person that was in that courtroom was there specifically for her. Not to support her, but rather in relation to her crime. This time there are a variety of cases with Jodi’s lumped amongst the group making her less important to the overall consensus. This is visible when her mother Sandra, a young man and one lady arrive together. They now no longer receive the special privilege of being personally delivered to the private seating in row one. No, they end up having to find their own seating arrangement which lands right behind the Trial Divas. Of course we snicker inside and can’t help but love the new set up while we change our mode to disbelief when her mom pulls out a small nail file and begins filing a few of her hot pink nails. In front of us are the three jurors who attended the hearing with the rest of the seating being taken by a fun group of mom’s from Iowa who were in town vacationing and well what better way to get a first hand glimpse of the trial than to be there. These women brought smiles to the court room as their love and support for Travis Alexander has been provided since day one by being loyal watchers from their home state each day. This was an amazing experience for them, and hey they get to see crazy Jodi in person. Their excitement and support brought them to Diva status in no time!
Then what came next is the moment we all have talked about, waited for and felt was long overdue. Jodi is escorted into the courtroom by guards who have her SHACKLED, yes I said shackled. Let me reiterate that Jodi Arias was in SHACKLES, stripes and hobbling. You could hear the clanking from the chains as she limped through the courtroom. Now I must stop and tell you that not only was she SHACKLED, the guards escorting her were in full body armor and were hefty in size. Even the female officer was so husky I would probably still lose if I had a stiletto as a weapon. With these large officers at the hand of Jodi Arias’s waist to guide her around, the perfect moment erupts as this woman who has controlled the media, demanded make-up and taken charge for so long is finally escorted through the plentiful pool of male attorneys as they watch this vain individual in her unflattering attire and greasy hair locked up tight shuffling past them in embarrassment. She tried to play it nonchalant in her stride and yet if one played close enough attention, Jodi Arias was deeply mortified. Instead of having pity it is apparent that Jodi is finally being treated like the criminal she is. As we sat there watching this, I hear birds chirp in my head and the song Hallelujah play as if I have just discovered a magnificent sale on some Christian Loutboutin’s.
Watching this provides a brief moment of pleasure knowing that she is very uncomfortable. There is a slight slant in her eye that is not the norm and her regular smirk is non-existent at this point. She is whisked into chambers with her attorney’s and the judge leaving the gallery of people to sit and wait for approximately an hour. The hustle and bustle resumes through the courtroom and we continue to discuss the different demeanor Jodi displays, conversing with those around us and quickly praying that our glee for seeing Jodi in SHACKLES doesn’t instigate her mom to tell on us for discussing in a public forum the thoughts of Jodi. Shortly before Jodi is brought back from chambers, the Trial Divas watch Juan as he sits next to Det. Flores in their cool home front that they have known for almost 5 months. He eventually rises up and meanders back to some of the seats in the gallery where spectators are sitting. It is always his refreshing nature that makes people admire him, while his passion earns respect. Watching him almost brings somewhat of a calm sense appearing untroubled making one feel everything in this complicated trial will work out and be finalized in the perfect manner. He continues to laugh, smile and interact with the public showing no sign of weakness. You can’t help but believe Jodi is still in for the fight of her life.
Upon the arrival of Jodi being escorted back in court where she eventually perches at her usual location, her facial structure has a slight smirk morphing her back into the creature she is known for. Judge Stephens begins going over the details of her case and each person in the courtroom is ready for battle. Quickly grabbing my paper and pen, I begin to write one stroke and listen to Judge Stephens wrap up in less than two minutes by saying the ruling for continuance will be delayed until July 18th, therefore vacating the retrial of sentencing phase until she has had a chance to rule on continuance. A small gasp and shock filters through the courtroom with Judge Stephens abruptly moving onto the next case. I had not had a chance to get a full loop to my word before she was asking if there was anything further. Of course Jodi was thrilled with the latest delay and suddenly began swooping her head around the courtroom realizing her family was not in their usual spot. It took a short moment before she zoomed in on her mom who was followed by the young man blowing kisses at her. This display of affection led to an excessive grin that revealed her dimples knowing that the action of the boy was wrong and yet Jodi likes defying her odds in every aspect of her life. To her this was a game and she enjoyed the interference. While the young man and Jodi were appearing to have a silent interaction, the court did not approve of the activities and he was escorted out of the courtroom, leaving Jodi’s mom slightly dumfounded.
Even though the actual status conference itself was short lived, it was well worth the 2 am alarm going off, the $16.00 parking fee, $10.00 in Starbucks, $40.00 in gas and $30.00 for lunch to watch Jodi Arias get paraded around the Maricopa County Courthouse room 5C with her chains and stripes knowing she is past the stage of no jury will ever convict her. Today was proof that she is in fact a convicted felon. I also say, throw in the 2 hour drive and that was worth seeing Wilmott walk in with a new purse knowing she has listened to the public and hopefully rested the soul of her burgundy handbag she carried for nearly five months. So, as usual the Jodi Arias case does not lack insane escapades, charades or circus tricks, and we still won’t know the outcome of the continuance and how that effects the retrial phase of sentencing for another month. In that time, get ready because I will say if Juanalicious isn’t looking nervous than these Divas will roll with the punches, grab a bottle of wine and kick back with a fabulous pair of stilettos to end the night. Until next month…The Trial Divas xoxo