In closing, Martinez reminds Arias jury that it’s not her fault; it’s the backspace button’s fault

Closing

“Well, this individual, that attempted to manipulate you, believes, based on what we’ve heard, that even though she may have engaged in actions, she may have done certain things, none of it — absolutely none of it — is her fault.

Why could it possibly be her fault?

If you look back in her history, which is the important part of it involving her relationships with men, what do you see?

Well, even when she was young, she had this personality of manipulating the facts. Back when she was with Bobby Juarez, what did she tell you? ‘Well, this was an individual that was unfaithful to me.’

‘How could he be so unfaithful to me after I’ve done so many good things for him?’ ‘I tried to buy him clothing, I bought him food. I even lived in a trailer that was so bad it was infested.’

‘Never mind that the reason that I moved there was because I was skipping school — no, that wasn’t my fault at all!’

‘No, no no, I was doing this for Bobby and how does he repay me even though it wasn’t my fault?’

Well, you know what — he goes and he talks — he sent letters to another woman over the Internet.

And, it isn’t her fault that she found out about it, of course not. How could it be her fault that she found out about it, if the library doesn’t have enough security attached to that particular computer? To have some sort of device attached to it so that somebody can’t come along and hit that backspace button, so that whatever was using it before…maybe one or two or three or four people before that somebody could just come along and hit that backspace button.

And it’s eerily reminiscent of what she told you happened in February of 2007, when after she and Mr. Alexander began dating that she went on to his computer and began to hit that same backspace button. It’s not her fault that computers have not been improved since the 90s or the two thousand. So that you can’t stop hitting that backspace button. It’s not her fault that that happened. Of course not.”

– Juan Martinez

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