JODI ARIAS DEATH PENALTY RETRIAL SENTENCING ANNIVERSARY: JUSTICE FOR TRAVIS

Jodi Arias has begun serving her sentence of life without the ;possibility of parole in the murder of Travis Alexander. J*4*T*!

Jodi Arias has begun serving her sentence of life without the ;possibility of parole in the murder of Travis Alexander. J*4*T*!

I was reminded this morning of the anniversary of the sentencing of Jodi Arias.  It was the only day of the retrial that many of us finally shared smiles.  We accepted her sentence of life without parole although many of us know that the death penalty was written for people like her.

In the end, I know there can be no good ending but I strive to remember the lessons of the retrial.  We learned that the voice of a killer is not more important than the voice of the media and the public.  We found that social media does impact trials in ways that we could not expect.  We work to embrace the thought that the courts will go to greater lengths to protect the identity of jurors lest we one day find that the criminals could hold jurors accountable for their decisions.

The good that could be drawn from the retrial were the millions of people united worldwide in their search for justice for Travis Alexander.  While we were somber in the thoughts of his horrific death, we drew strength from the support of each other.  Thousands upon thousands of relationships were built because of  knowing and caring about Travis Alexander in some way.

So, today, I think of Travis Alexander, his family and all those who strove to find justice in the most heinous of circumstances.  That includes the jurors in both trials…

…except for one.

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“We would sit silently on the mountaintop for a while.  The warm sun washed our faces while a cool breeze would kiss our cheeks.  The great expanse of the world extended before us and its beauty seemed to permeate our souls.

Travis stood up and picked up his backpack.  I started gathering my things to follow him, not knowing where he was planning to go next.

He picked up his walking stick and started heading down the other side of the mountain.  I hurried to follow and he turned around, raising his hand, halting me.

I looked at him, questioning why he was holding me back.

“Find your own path,” he said.  “There are a thousand you can take.  Just pick one and go.  Know that I am only a thought away and remember; we are only here a short time.  Make it count.”

Just like that, I would watch as you made your way in the distance.  I thought I could hear you humming.  I listened carefully between the whispers of the breezes.  I was certain I heard you humming.

“What a long strange trip it’s been…”

Fare thee well, Travis Victor Alexander.  You, and all those whom I have come to know because of you, will forever be in my heart.”

 

(From “Why Not Kill Her: A Juror’s Perspective – The Jodi Arias Death Penalty Retrial” by Paul Sanders)

 

J*4*T*!

Sentencing of Jodi Arias 4.13.15

Sentencing of Jodi Arias
4.13.15

Early morning, prior to sentencing of Jodi Arias for the murder of Travis Alexander

Early morning, prior to sentencing of Jodi Arias for the murder of Travis Alexander

As former jurors, we have a lot in common.

As former jurors, we have a lot in common.

Mikal-Ann attended almost every day of both the first and second trial of Jodi Arias

Mikal-Ann attended almost every day of both the first and second trial of Jodi Arias

The sentencing of Jodi Arias was a good day.

The sentencing of Jodi Arias was a good day.

Kathy Brown organized a local balloon release near the Courthouse at the conclusion of the Jodi Arias sentencing.

Kathy Brown organized a local balloon release near the Courthouse at the conclusion of the Jodi Arias sentencing.

One juror, two trials and two convicts.

One juror, two trials and two convicts.

From Travis' best friend to those who supported him and his family daily, good people came together.

From Travis’ best friend to those who supported him and his family daily, good people came together.

These people wrote the thousands and thousands of pages of Court transcripts in both Jodi Arias trials.

These people wrote the thousands and thousands of pages of Court transcripts in both Jodi Arias trials.

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