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Jodi Arias Trial Update Today: Jodi Arias Wants To Lay Off Her Lead Lawyer; Hasn't Seen Him Since Conviction; No Longer Trusts Him; Jodi Arias Twitter Donations Blasted

By Tony Sokol | November 02, 2013 01:37 PM EDT

Jodi Arias Trial Update Today: Jodi Arias wants her lead attorney, Kirk Nurmi, fired. Jodi Arias says he has no “people skills” and treated her `like an interruption to his day.' Jodi Arias said she no longer trust him.

Jodi Arias posted on Twitter “Donations are now being accepted for my appeals at http://www.Justice4Jodi.com.”

The postings got reactions like: "@JodiAnnArias Are they tax-deductible??? You are beyond ridiculous! Settle down and enjoy your life which has been spared.", "@JodiAnnArias They should sell tickets to your execution and give it to charity." and @JodiAnnArias justice for you? how about justice for the man you stabbed repeatedly with no remorse?"

Jodi Arias Trial Update Today: Jodi Arias, who was convicted in May of killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, wants to drop her lead lawyer. Jodi Arias’ complaint says he “does not listen or respond to my concerns.” Arias wrote that Nurmi “has little to no tolerance for my emotional and psychological shortcomings” and she no longer trusts him. Jodi Arias faces a possible death penalty in Arizona.

The jury found Jodi Arias guilty of killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, but could not decide whether to sentence the former waitress to death or to spend the rest of her life in prison.

In the complaint, Jodi Arias wrote that Nurmi has “no tolerance for my emotional and psychological shortcomings.”

Arias is waiting for a possible retrial on her death sentence

Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of Travis Alexander. Defense and prosecuting attorneys have been working out the new sentencing phase.

Jodi Arias filed motions in Maricopa County Superior Court to fire her main defense attorney, Kirk Nurmi. In the twelve-page handwritten note, Jodi Arias writes that Nurmi has an "utter poverty of people skills" and "has little to no tolerance for my emotional and psychological shortcomings." Jodi Arias cited Nurmi’s cold reaction to her emotional plea that a recording of a lurid phone call between Arias and Alexander be played only to the jury in a closed courtroom and not not to the general public.

Jodi Arias says Jennifer Willmott, her second-chair attorney, has been doing most of the work on the case.

Arias was convicted of killing her former boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home back in 2008, but the jury couldn’t decide whether to Jodi Arias should be given the death penalty or life imprisonment. The ex-waitress admitted that she killed him but said she did it in self-defense. Jodi Arias has already been convicted of first-degree murder. She faces either a death sentence, a natural-life sentence or life sentence with a chance of parole after 25 years.

Under Arizona law, only a jury can impose a death sentence. What is on the table is whether the County Attorney's Office would stop pursuing the death penalty and whether Arias would waive further appeals.

The now convicted killer Jodi Arias wrote to a judge saying she wants to fire her lead lawyer because he has "little to no tolerance for my emotional and psychological shortcomings."

The Arizona Republic newspaper obtained a copy of the 12-page letter Jodi Arias wrote to Judge Sherry Stephens where she complains about Kirk Nurmi's competence. In the new motion filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, Jodi Arias says her lawyer disregarded a meltdown Arias had during the trial when she broke down while discussing whether a the open court should hear a phone sex recording between her and Travis Alexander.

Jodi Arias filed motions in Maricopa County Superior Court to fire her main defense attorney, Kirk Nurmi. In the twelve-page handwritten note, Jodi Arias writes that Nurmi has an "utter poverty of people skills" and "has little to no tolerance for my emotional and psychological shortcomings." Jodi Arias cited Nurmi’s cold reaction to her emotional plea that a recording of a lurid phone call between Arias and Alexander be played only to the jury in a closed courtroom and not not to the general public.

In the motion, Jodi Arias writes "Mr. Nurmi, however, in his utter poverty of people skills, simply said to me with contempt, 'You're not going to get your way just because you throw a tantrum.' Judge, this was no tantrum. Far from it. This was a full-blown emotional meltdown. I wasn't throwing a fit, I was falling apart. Having known me for 3.5 years at that point, Kirk Nurmi should have easily discerned this, but his failure to do so shows he lacks the capacity for empathy and chooses anger over attempting to understand any impairment his client may be experiencing in direct relation to the case and court proceedings."

Jodi Arias continues "Mr Nurmi has forgotten more about my case than he remembers, and therefore the breadth of knowledge one would think he has after four years on this case is lost to him," she writes. "He seems unable to access the majority of this knowledge via his own memory."

Arias said her lawyer “began treating me like an interruption to his day and a thing he was obligated to deal with."

Jodi Arias' defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott played a large part in the transcripts. Sidebars in the Jodi Arias case between the lawyers and Judge Sherry Stephens that were previously sealed are now showing that the the extent that the Jodi Arias trial was contentious.

The Jodi Arias trial mesmerized America as graphic descriptions came out daily when the trial was televised in its entirety.

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