An Arizona murder trial, turn media spectacle, has a sinister twist. An expert witness has been vilified on social media in the midst of being subjected to a grueling multi-day cross-examination.
Welcome to the Jodi Arias trial, where people line up every day hoping for a seat in the theatre of the absurd. Thousands of “Jodi-philes” that can’t visit the courtroom in person participate vicariously through their televisions, computers and smartphones. They tweet and text furiously, offering up crackpot conspiracies, rage, concern, often as if their own lives depend on whether Arias is sent to death row.