Jodi Arias Murder Trial: Defense Witnesses

Dan Abrams discusses the trial of a woman accused of killing her ex-boyfriend.
1:40 | 01/31/13

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For "good morning america," ryan owens, abc news, phoenix. Let's get more from dan abrams. I'm not a lawyer. But I thought the first rule for a lawyer in cou is don't ask a question you don't know the answer to. And don't call witnesses that aren't going to help your case. We've seen witnesses called by the defense to prove what? He had an ex-girlfriend that was once mad at him. So what? Another witness testified that she and her relative witnessed a fight that jodi arias once got in with alexander. Oh, my goodness. They once got into a fight. If that's the standard for suggesting someone needs to engage in self-defense, we're all in a lot of trouble. Are they backing themselves into a corner where they have to put jodi arias on the stand? I don't see how else they have a shot in this case. We talk about how risky it is to call a defendant to the stand. In this case, with things going as badly as they are, for jodi arias, the risks go down because it's almost riskless. She creates one bit of sympathy. The only reason there's risk, is because the death penalty is on the table. She says I could wait. I'm going to get convicted of first-degree murder here. Let's assume that's a given. And then, to testify in the penalty faphase. The jurors could believe she's lying to us. In the death penalty phase, it increases her chances. If they believe she lied during the guilt phase -- she gets one shot. There's a risk for her if she testifies and the jurors believe she is lying. Now, to that incredible rescue in the crash-landing on

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