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How would you grade Kirk Nurmi?

  • Jodi Arias, on trial for the murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, claims self-defense
  • Do you think Kirk Nurmi is doing a competent job?
How would you grade Kirk Nurmi?

Grading Kirk Nurmi

Grading Kirk Nurmi

When court is done for the day, the conversation is only just beginning. Watch HLN’s newest hit show "HLN After Dark: The Jodi Arias Trial" nightly at 10 p.m. on HLN.

Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi's role in the courtroom appears to have diminished a bit now that Jennifer Willmott is asking most of the questions in the Jodi Arias trial.

But is Nurmi's demeanor misleading, sitting back in his chair, observing testimony, throwing in the occasional objection? On Monday night, HLN viewers and Dr. Drew’s special guests voiced their thoughts.

“He's doing a competent job, which is what you want him to do, because when [Arias] is convicted, she, like most of defendants, will argue that she did not get effective assistance of counsel and he goes way above that,” attorney Mark Eiglarsh said.  "[But Nurmi] lacks passion … he falls short of dynamic."

Sirius XM radio host and attorney Jenny Hutt continued, “I don't think he's a superstar. I think he's just satisfactory … [but] I don't think [Arias] will end up with the death penalty. Perhaps, that's how he's doing his job.”

Former prosecutor Loni Coombs added, “He's a reserved, understated person …  [he] is doing everything that he needs to do to make sure that this case is tried effectively.”

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