Welcome BACK to my Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today!
I know, I know, I switched to In Bed With a Book meme, but I’m switching back. I’m done trying to make this a blog hop, but still feel free to participate! Maybe someday I’ll try to make it happen as a blog hop again, but right now I feel like Gretchen trying to make ‘fetch’ happen.
This morning I’m reading:
Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars by Juan Martinez (Pages is now 9 months old, so she only nibbled a little bit while I was trying to take this picture)
Back in the day of Court TV, I used to watch actual court trials… because I’m an uber nerd and I’ve always found law to be interesting. But Court TV fell to TruTv, which is mostly a bunch of crappy reality tv. But then the Jodi Arias case came along, and probably because it featured fairly attractive people as the killer and victim, lots of kinky sex, and religion, it got a lot of coverage. I was glued to the tv when it was on, and found myself discussing it online. One of the most interesting parts of the trial was that in Arizona the jury are allowed to ask questions of the witnesses (once the judge and lawyers go through them to make sure they’re legally appropriate). Arias was found guilty, but in AZ there’s a separate sentencing process- the first jury couldn’t come up with a unanimous decision, and so instead of accepting a plea for sentencing, prosecutor Juan Martinez decided to re-try the penalty portion of the trial (mostly because the family of the victim were pushing for a death sentence and also probably, let’s be honest, because the interest in the case was HUGE).
I just started this book, but I’m hoping to know what Martinez really thought about Arias and her lawyers, how the victim’s family is coping and just the background of the case. It always amazes me, what evidence is allowed and what evidence isn’t in a trial. For instance, as a trial buff, I knew that Jodi Arias had presented photocopies of a letter or letters she claimed were from the victim (that just happened to back up her latest story of abuse) but that they were ruled to be inadmissible because they appeared to be forged. I don’t know if this book will go into all of that, but I hope so!
Making of a Murderer has taught me not to be so pro-prosecution as I once was (I honestly used to believe that the police and prosecutors wouldn’t try someone unless they really thought they were guilty, but that has turned out to be very Pollyanna-ish of me), but in this case I never really had any doubt as to Arias’ guilt. But she had her supporters (still does), with their theories and man, oh, man do they HATE Juan Martinez. I wonder if he’ll discuss that aspect of the trial, since it was such a huge part of the social media aspect?
What are you reading (or wish you had time to read) this morning? Are you reading the book you thought you’d be reading, or has today found you with a surprise?