Jodi Arias, Prosecutor Butt Heads in Cross-Examination

Dan Abrams and Nancy Grace discuss the trial of a woman accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend.
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And for more, we're going to bring in our legal team. Nancy grace. And dan abrams, our "gma" legal analyst. Nancy, I want to start with you, if I may. That was a confrontational and aggressive cross-examination. Usually prosecutors are wary of doing that with a woman in the witness box. You know what? You're making a very good point. When I had a lady defendant, i felt I had to handle them differently because sometimes jurors do not like to see a female defendant attacked. But in this case, I think it's a whole other ball game because of the consistent lies over many, many days on direct examination. Many people have said, is the prosecutor being too harsh on her? I say no way because it's going to take quite a lot to rip that mask off jodi arias and show the killer underneath. But he's got the facts on his side. He doesn't need to be that aggressive with her. And you said so far, you think she's doing pretty well. I think she's been a very good witness, considering she's got horrible facts. She's got inconsistencies in her story. Problems with what she's saying. And that's my point. When you have this much ammo, as the prosecutor has in this case, you don't need to start fighting with the witness because I do think there's the risk that nancy and you were talking about, which is this sense of seeing her as the victim. It's the only hope she has, these jurors somehow feel sorry for her. Listen, dan. Dan, I know where you're coming from. But think about it like this. I've been in his shoes. This is the one bite of the apple, the one swing at the ball. Do you want it to be like tot mom where they had evidence and they held it back and didn't want to be too harsh. They didn't use all of the ammo they had and look what happened.You have to go all-out, blow it out. It's about tone, though. He doesn't need to be seen as being -- fighting with her and being aggressive with her when he's got the facts on his side. -- Nobody would say that, except a defense attorney or a legal pundit. Really? You haven't been watching your own network. What the prosecution's doing wrong. On your network, I've seen prosecutor after prosecutor talk about this exact same point. I don't care. You just said to me no would say this. Somebody says -- I'm watching the trial. Right. And still to this point, she has not been correct. You're right about that. She's been doing fair we well. She's not cracked her yet. They've got the fact. She's got a real problem here. But I don't think there's going to be a perry mason moment, where she's going to suddenly -- desolve into tears. She's got at this. What do yhink has been the biggest victory for the prosecution? The biggest hindrance to the prosecution? Victory for the prosecution, in terms of their cross-examination of her? I think the biggest victory for the prosecution has largely been brought on by arias herself, when she gives a scenario about what happened. She claims that in less than two minutes, she has a confrontation with the murder victim. She's taking naked photos of him in the shower, sexy photos. She runs into the closet. Climbs a ladder, turns around. He hits a wall. She stabbed him 29 times. Drags his body back. Puts it into the shower. Washes him off. All this happens in two minutes. Impossible. The implausibility of the story. She's saying horrible things about him that she never said before. That's the big problem. That he abused her. They're bringing up her old diaries. But I've never seen testimony as graphic as the testimony in this case. It's pretty astonishing. And it continues today. Thank you so much for joining us this morning. Bye, guys. See you later.

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