The State v. Jodi Arias trial has been going for about a week and a half and besides the various legal issues that have surfaced, I have noticed some things about Arias herself. It is clear that Sheriff Joe’s house has not been great to her, however, it is doubtful any jail would be. Gone is the lively and pretty face that we have seen in numerous pictures and present is a pale wallflower who shows little expression at all.
As an attorney I often have to discuss the role of body language and facial expressions with my clients. I myself have been accused of “rolling my eyes” in court so I have learned to be rather stoic. It is important to have this discussion since many judgments are made based on a person’s body language and their expressions.
It is clear to me that the Defense Team has had this same or a similar discussion with Arias. So far throughout the trial we have seen Arias sitting quietly, expressionless, next to her Team writing notes or listening with her cheek in her hand.
If not this, you see her with her head bowed with her hair hanging in her face covering her expression from the Jury and the camera. You believe she is crying because she grabs tissues and wipes her nose.
The crying only comes when pictures of the crime scene are being shown. I would say she needs to show the crying and the sadness to show she is a human being, even though she admittedly committed an almost inhuman crime. She needs to cry and show this emotion to get the Jury on her side, or to at least understand she is indeed, human. I have heard that many people do not believe she is actually crying, this is likely because of the crime itself and not because of lack of effort on Arias’ side. I would like to believe she is crying but that is a tough pill to swallow considering her conversations with Det. Flores show no emotion or remorse at all.
It is probably good that she remains stoic during other parts of the testimony so as not to alienate the Jury. For example, if the Jury really likes Det. Flores and Arias has negative expressions when he testifies, the Jury could then make a quick judgment about her or not like her because of her apparent dislike of Det. Flores.
Remember, the Jury is made up of 18 people, not robots. They make judgments as quickly as you and I do and are affected by the same things. How she shows herself to the Jury is very tricky and is very important. It will be interesting to hear how the Jury feels about her and if they were affected by her courtroom demeanor. Assuming, of course, they decide to let us into their minds at the end of the trial.