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Arias trial: What grade would you give judge?

  • Jodi Arias breaks down on the stand on last day of cross-exam
  • Arias claims she killed ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in self-defense

On the fifth and final day of cross-examination, Jodi Arias cracked on the stand while being questioned by prosecutor Juan Martinez.

At one point during an intense exchange, Martinez asked her, "Did you cry when you were stabbing [Travis Alexander]?" Jodi answered the tough question sobbing with her head down.  However, Judge Sherry Stephens intervened shortly thereafter and recessed the court for lunch.

On Thursday night, HLN’s Dr. Drew and his special guests took a closer at the judge’s performance at this point in the trial.

“I like that she's not been interrupting,” said criminal defense attorney Darren Kavinoky. “The only minus is that I don't like the interruption of the momentum.”

Marcia Clark, lead prosecutor in O.J. Simpson trial, criticized the judge, adding, “The eight days of direct -- that did not have to happen and it shouldn't have happened. There was a lot that I saw that was actually done repeatedly. Then some of the rulings didn't make sense from a legal standpoint.”

Kavinoky continued, “You never want to have to do a trial twice … you don't want to have to relive this and it risks having this brought back on appeal when you start cutting off the lawyers.”

How would you grade the judge? Let us know in the comment section below.

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-'Were you crying when you were stabbing him?'
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-Photos: Arias hysterical when grilled about killing

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