Episode: 8: The deal with jay
Jay was well-dressed and polite at trial. One of the jurors said, “he seemed like someone you’d go to if you were in trouble”. The jury and the judge both liked him.
His friends had mixed feelings about Jay. Some said he was mean and unkind, but others said he was being goofy and was not serious.
Cathy said he lied a lot, but I think that everyone lies sometimes.
Chris said that Jay told him he saw the body in the trunk outside the pool hall, which is the third different place.
When Koenig went to see Jay, he was calm, and still said that Adnan killed Hae. Koenig said he sounded like he was telling the truth.
Is it possible to know a person’s true character? Some of Jays friends said he was capable of murder and some said he wasn’t. I think everyone could be a murderer. Some people change their personality when they’re with different people. I’m not sure about Jay.
Episode 9: To Be Suspected
The prosecution timeline : This doesn’t make any sense as Laura tells Koenig that she is positive there weren’t any pay phones at Best Buy when Hae was killed. Summer says she spoke to Hae after school, before she left, for at least 10 minutes, and two other students saw her at school then too. It makes me wonder why they didn’t figure that out earlier as it’s one of the key points. Now I don’t think that Adnan did the murder, but the jury was told the prosecution’s timeline which did make sense at the time.
Body found: When Koenig interviewed a friend of Adnan’s, she said that when they found out that Hae had been murdered, Adnan was pretty upset, and I don’t think someone that sad and depressed could have killed her.
Police interview: When the police came to Adnan’s house and questioned him, he had no idea that they thought he’s done the murder. I think that’s because he was 17 years old, he didn’t realize that he would be seen as a suspect just because he was the ex-boyfriend. I think any teenager wouldn’t realize that either.
Trial: At the trial, Adnan was told he should not testify even though he wanted to, so the jury didn’t get to hear his side of the story. The jury heard Jay’s story and that was made to match up with the prosecution’s timeline. The jury was only given one side of the story. This seems unfair.
Episode: 10 the best Defense is a good Defense
Bail hearing: I think there was discrimination in the bail hearing, because the prosecution lied about other similar cases, and that Adnan should have been granted bail.
Adnan’s trial lawyer Kristina: she was supposed to be really good and she cost a lot of money. I think she did a good job at the first trial, and Adnan liked her, but at the second trial she slowly started getting untrustworthy. She was late for things and seemed not on top of the job. When she got sick it wasn’t fair to Adnan for her to continue. She was even sued at the end of Adnan’s and another teenager’s trial for doing a bad job. Jury: The jury liked Jay. He was given a free lawyer, which probably helped him feel confident. Adnan thought Kristina should have contacted Aisha about the library alibi, which the jury didn’t get to hear about.
This seems unfair as it’s hard for a jury to make a decision if they don’t know everything. In this way, lawyers and judges often have a way of making the story go one way.