Jodi Arias’s former lawyer Kirk Nurmi has written a new memoir about his time on the legendary case, and what he has to say may shock you.
According to Huffington Post, Nurmi described Arias as a manipulative and intimidating woman who was sexually inappropriate and “very disturbed.” In his book Trapped with Ms. Arias, Nurmi revealed that the case caused him to eventually leave his job as a public defender just to get away from Arias.
“Once I had a sense of where this case was going, I was willing to give up a job … simply to get away from Ms. Arias, and when I did not get away, I realized that I was truly trapped on her case, which also meant I was trapped with her,” Nurmi wrote.
“To fully get a visual of what Ms. Arias did to my brain you would have to find some fecal matter, throw it into the pan, add a chopped up dead rat and scramble the whole mess up,” he continued. “Once completely cooked this concoction would then approximate the effect that Ms. Arias would have on my brain.”
Nurmi has also told reporters that it still annoys him that he is seen as an “Arias supporter.”
“A lot of people don’t understand that I was assigned the case as a public defender,” he said. “A lot of people think I chose her specifically. Attorneys that do cases like this aren’t endorsing what their clients did. They aren’t endorsing murder [and] they’re not defending their conduct. They are defending their rights and I think the public at large should probably have a better understanding of that.”
In his book, Nurmi claims that Arias was sexually manipulative with everyone, including him. He said that in his meetings with her, she was “more than a bit flirtatious at times.” He went on to say that listening to details about Arias’s sexual escapades was particularly difficult.
“I could have ignored all this stuff that I really did not care to listen to, but listen I did for the most part,” he wrote. “That is not to say that I did not have my limits. I remember one discussion I had with Ms. Arias that related to her sexual escapades with Mr. Alexander. Certainly a relevant topic given the facts of the case, but … Ms. Arias decided that she wanted to inform me of the current state of her vaginal grooming.”
Norma wrote that when he realized Arias’s “sole goal was to manipulate me into acting in accordance with her wishes,” he quickly shut her down:
“I was the most significant male relationship in her life. I took that to mean that in her sick twisted mind, Ms. Arias saw me as her boyfriend. Putting two and two together, this meant that Ms. Arias did not care if I saw her naked because she viewed me as her boyfriend. Sadly, the fact that your client creeps you out is not reason to file a motion to withdraw, trust me I filed many of those motions in this case and ‘she creeps me out’ is not a viable legal motion. Trust me, if it was, I would have filed it.”
When Nurmi told her he was leaving, however, Arias promised him that she would get revenge.
“Ms. Arias informed me in no uncertain terms that she was going to speak about me in very unfavorable terms at the jail so that none of her fellow inmates would want to hire me,” Nurmi wrote in his book. “She wanted all my time. In her mind … I was to be her personal lawyer and she was not willing to share me with other clients even if she had to lie about me to keep other clients away.”
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