Our experts answer your Jodi Arias questions!

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Our experts answer your Jodi Arias questions!

So many of you have been sending in your questions about the Jodi Arias trial so we put them to our experts:

Linda on Facebook: If she doesn’t remember the stabbing, how can she claim self defense?

Joey Jackson, criminal defense attorney and contributor for In Session on TruTV: "You’re going to hear experts testify about her blacking out, about how she, under normal circumstances, would never do this because of course she was suffering an episode of post traumatic stress disorder, she was traumatized, she was shocked. So expect to hear that the claim of self defense is going to be buttressed by experts who are going to establish that this is a natural, normal sequence of events for a person in her position. Is it credible? That will be up to the jury to decide."

Rhonda on Facebook: Can Martinez call Jodi on his rebuttal case to impeach her or bring out more of her lies based upon the rest of the defense case?

Holly Hughes, criminal defense attorney: "No, the prosecutor cannot call the defendant. They can only be recalled by their own attorney. So what Juan Martinez is doing, and we see it very methodically, is step-by-step-by-step he’s getting what he needs from her. He’s giving her just enough rope to hang herself, they say, because he’s getting the answers and what he’s going to do is save all those little nuggets that he’s mining out of the case and he’s going to use them in closing argument. He needs to get what he needs and get out. He wouldn’t want to recall her anyway because then all you do is give her the opportunity to weave more lies and more explanations. He’s going to slam her in closing when it’s too late for her to explain it away."

Shalindhi on Facebook: Is Martinez spinning his wheels on the "small stuff" and losing the jury? Arias is trying to throw him off and I wonder whether the jury will just throw up their hands.

Hughes: "What he’s doing is he’s switching the power base. He’s letting her take control and we see that in the minutiae. This is a smart woman, she has been rehearsing this story for years, waiting for this chance to get on the stand. But toward the end of the day I think we’re seeing both of them get tired. He’s chasing his tail a little bit because he’s trying to get her to admit to something and she’s just not going to give him that satisfaction."

Jackson: "No cross-examination is perfect, no cross-examiner is perfect. Having said that, I think you have to stick with big ticket and big picture items. And he appears to be someone who doesn’t like to lose any battle."

Anne-Marie in Nashville, TN via e-mail: I was just wondering if the prosecution will be allowed to have their own medical expert take x-rays of Jodi's finger in order to establish an anthropological timeline as to how long the finger has been broken?

Jackson: "Ultimately it’s not going to be necessary that they’ll do that. There will be a cross examination as to exactly when it occurred and how it occurred. So I wouldn’t expect that there would be any x-rays or anything else that will be done by expert witnesses because it’s really a collateral matter."

Joanne on Facebook: Can all the individuals that she is slandering come on the witness stand and contradict her statements?

Jackson: "In their rebuttal case, the prosecution will have an opportunity to present its witnesses. I would expect that if the prosecution wants to go there that they can dig up the old boyfriends and if the old boyfriends have a different story than Jodi Arias is telling, well, expect them to tell that on the witness stand."

Mike on Facebook: Is it possible that Jodi Arias could use the 5th amendment when the prosecution starts to ask questions?

Jackson: "The answer is, 'No!' Here’s why: You have an absolute 5th amendment right not to testify. However, when you do testify as the defendant, you do wave that right and you don’t get to pick and choose what you want to answer. It’s a two-way street and you can’t answer some things and on other things say, 'I refuse to answer that on the grounds it may incriminate me.' No hiding behind the 5th amendment!"

Julia in Arden, North Carolina via e-mail: When the prosecution is called to cross examine, are they allowed to bring in new experts and witnesses to rebut the defenses’ experts? Or are they only allowed to recall witnesses that have already testified?

Jackson: "What happens in a rebuttal case is that yes, you can have new witnesses testify because they’re rebutting testimony from the defense that is new testimony in the particular case. Now with regard to experts, remember, we haven’t heard prosecution experts with regard to domestic abuse or domestic violence. Why? Because the defense has just now introduced that as an issue. So expect to hear from these witnesses in the rebuttal."

Patsy via e-mail: How is the courtroom laid out? Has she been told to look at the jury when she answers all questions?

Jean Casarez, correspondent for In Session on TruTV: "I would definitely think she’s been told to give her answer to the jury. But she also may have watched other witnesses and I think some of them have done the same thing. It's a huge courtroom – it’s so much bigger than what you see on the television screen. And Jodi is not that close to the jury. She’s closer than she’s ever been to the jury but not that close. So if she would just look at her attorney every time she issued an answer, she would be totally cutting off the jury. I think it’s also a natural response to look at them because you are testifying to the jury."

Nellie on Facebook: Is her legal team public defenders and how many death penalty cases have they defended?

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Linda on Facebook: How much of this “history” is going to be let in? When does it become irrelevant?

Jackson: "It’s always relevant until the other side objects. Certainly from a defense perspective, they want to get in as much history as possible because remember we’re going to be hearing from domestic violence experts who are going to expound upon this and talk about the effect it had on her state of mind. At some point, it does become overkill but from a defense perspective, it explains her actions and therefore they want to really go with it and give the jury the whole perspective."

Mike on Facebook: Does she think the nerdy glasses and plain Jane look will win her points with the jury?

Casarez: "I think it will impact the jury because it adds to her overall demeanor in that courtroom. And when you listen to her, it’s interesting testimony. I see the jury and they’re following, I don’t know what they’re thinking about it but yes, I think the way you dress portrays the person you are at the moment and I think it can be important."

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