Arizona is a Conservative State When It Comes to Criminals
Arizona is a conservative state and they are tough on their criminals. Sheriff Joe Arpaio is one of the toughest out there and he is notorious to running a tight ship in Maricopa County.
Here's a brief look at some basic demographics of Maricopa County and Arizona residents:
From Maricopa County, Quick Facts Census
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+
- 29.1% Maricopa County
- 26.45% Arizona
- 280,092 Maricopa County
- 536,449 Arizona
Based on the age ranges, the majority of the jury are seniors and could be retired so their jury duty might not be considered such a hardship. But I wonder about the younger jurors with jobs and families, and how are they surviving? $12/per day for jury duty is peanuts and if they are the breadwinners/earners for themselves and/or family, jury duty (for this length of time) would be a financial hardship. Also, the average person who has a bachelor's degree or higher is fairly low (well below 50%)--not that it means that people with a high school diploma can't make an informed decision but that's something else to consider. How well do they know and understand Arizona state law and the U.S. legal system? Even with the detailed jury instructions, that's a lot of information to understand!
There are over 500,000 vets in Arizona and almost 300,000 vets in Maricopa County alone. A military vet is probably going to be more tough on crime--especially a brutal murder -- so if there are any vets on the jury (there might be one possible military vet), that could be another deciding factor as to whether they will be more harsh or lenient.
Political Party Affiliations - Arizona (Source: http://perspectives.thirdway.org/?p=1450)
- Democrat 1,090,136
- Republican 1,229,340
- Independent 1,204,056
There are more Republicans and Independents in Arizona compared to Democrats and Arizona has proven to be a conservative voting state. Based on the age range of these jurors, this jury could swing towards the more conservative end, especially if they are tough love when it comes to crime and the legal system.
Of course, this is ALL a guessing game on my part but it's interesting to speculate.
See my profiles/analysis below the juror descriptions from HLN:
She is female, and the fact that she does pay attention to Juan COULD mean she isn't buying Crybaby's lies (especially if she submitted questions and we all know how many questions LaViolette and Dick Samuels received!) I think this juror could lean more towards the pro-death penalty decision. IF she's a mom, that could even push her even closer to the death penalty side. A mom would speculate more - what if this had been my son or daughter who was murdered? Or that's my guess! Also, if she's a career woman (based on her job), she might do analytical work and could have a really sharp mind - why she took a lot of notes and asked the witnesses' questions. I think this juror might be one of the sharper jurors - she doesn't want to miss anything!
Do they have ANY doubts in their minds that Jodi Arias is a cold-blooded murderer?
Justice for Travis!!!