Friday, January 04, 2013


Obituary: Historian and a founder of the National Organization for Women Gerda Lerner, 92, has died. Her son attributed the death to old age:

She became impassioned about the issue of gender equality. As a professor at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., she founded a women's studies program — including the first graduate program in women's history in the U.S.

She later moved to Madison, where she helped establish a doctoral program in women's history at the University of Wisconsin.

Her daughter, Stephanie Lerner, said her mother earned a reputation as a no-nonsense professor who held her students to rigorous standards that some may not have appreciated at the time. One former student wrote to Gerda Lerner 30 years later saying no one had been more influential in her life.

"She said, 'I thought you were impossible, difficult, not understanding, but you gave me a model of commitment that I've never had before,'" Stephanie Lerner recalled. "That's just how she was."

The Jodi Arias trial will resume on Tuesday. I will probably have an assignment that day and miss it, but I will try and put the live video stream up before going to work, if possible.

As mentioned yesterday, the main testimony was from the chief detective working on the case, Esteban Flores, who some will remember was interviewed for the 2009 48 Hours episode on the case (it was titled "Picture Perfect"). Forensic experts who were at the scene also testified.

It has been widely reported there were many, many lurid emails exchanged between Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander. A few of those were made public at the trial yesterday. Naturally, when the defense attorneys have little in the way of a defense, the murder victim will be treated as if HE were on trial. I hope Travis's family is able to take that character assassination with a giant grain of salt:

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