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Jodi Arias Trial: Prosecutor vs. Arias Psychotherapist (LIVE UPDATES)

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How will Jodi Arias' defense team fare on day 43?
How will Jodi Arias' defense team fare on day 43?

The battle between Jodi Arias' psychotherapist and Arizona prosecutor Juan Martinez heats up again Tuesday, as the prosecution again puts her techniques and professional opinions under a microscope.

Monday was Alyce LaViolette's seventh day on the witness stand and her second day of cross examination. The Maricopa County prosecutor again called out LaViolette's method for determining Arias was a victim of domestic violence, specifically the way she relied heavily on what Arias told her.

Martinez said LaViolette was selective in what she wanted to believe and pointed out she accepted all the alleged negative aspects about Alexander but ignored other things, such as his allegations that he was "extremely afraid of the defendant because of her stalking behavior," he said.

"You chose not to believe him?" Martinez asked.

"I guess you would say I did," she said.

Arias, 32, is on trial in the June 2008 slaying of her ex-lover Travis Alexander inside his Mesa, Ariz., apartment. She could face the death penalty if convicted.

During her 18 days on the witness stand Arias testified she shot and stabbed Alexander in self-defense. She claims Alexander had become increasingly violent and sexually demanding. She also claimed to have caught him masturbating to a picture of a young boy. The prosecution contends she murdered Alexander in a jealous rage.

The back and forth between LaViolette and Martinez continued throughout Monday, with Martinez ruffling her composure on more than one occasion. However, the most interesting line of questioning occurred at the end of the day when the domestic violence expert admitted under cross examination that Arias wrote a manifesto behind bars.

"Do you remember when the defendant was in jail up in Yreka, [California] and the defendant’s manifesto ... Isn't it true that the defendant was signing or autographing copies of the manifesto?" asked Martinez.

"I believe those were my notes," LaViolette said.

Martinez pointed out that Arias had asked someone to print out copies of the manifesto because she wanted them signed "in case ... she became famous."

The manifesto attributed to Arias was not entered into evidence Monday. The contents of it remain unclear.

Martinez has been questioning LaViolette since Thursday, when the defense ended their direct examination of her. While testifying for the defense she said it was her opinion that Arias was physically and emotionally battered by Travis Alexander and feared for her life when she killed him.

The trial is set to resume at about 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, when Martinez is expected to continue his cross-examination of LaViolette.

Read below for minute-by-minute updates from court Tuesday:

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The judge has called the evening recess. The trial will resume Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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LaViolette is reviewing her notes on the case.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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LaViolette is talking about the "Law of Attraction" and said no one has indicated whether Arias had a history of jealously.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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In a Sept. 2007 journal entry about the Havasupai trip Arias wrote she got into a fight with Alexander and he was largely responsible for it and later apologized.

Martinez asked the witness if her opinion would change if there was evidence the story Arias wrote in her journal was a lie. She said it would not necessarily change her mind.

"Aren't you providing an excuse and siding with the defense again?" Martinez asked.

"No, I'm not saying that .. What I am saying is I like to look at the big picture," LaViolette said.

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Martinez is asking LaViolette about an entry in Arias journal about a trip Arias took with Alexander to Havasupai.

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LaViolette is reviewing pages from one of Arias' journals.

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Court is back in session. The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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The judge has called the afternoon recess. The live blog will continue when the trial resumes.

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"The words [in her journal] never indicated that he ever hit her, correct?" Martinez asked.

"Correct," LaViolette said.

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LaViolette said she never found anywhere in Arias' journals that Alexander had abused her.

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Martinez pointed out LaViolette wrote in her notes that she wanted to ask Arias if she used sex to calm Alexander down when he was angry -- something Arias would later testify to on the witness stand. Martinez suggested LaViolette put that suggestion in Arias' head. She denied doing so.

"I was basing it on information I had gotten from journals and other information ... because it appeared that was happening," LaViolette said.

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Martinez is having the witness review her notes on the case.

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Martinez is asking LaViolette about the first time Arias had oral sex with Alexander. The witness said Arias told her she was uncomfortable when it happened. Martinez pointed out the sex tape does not seem to indicate Arias is uncomfortable about anything related to sexual behavior.

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Martinez is accusing the defense witness of being biased again.

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Martinez has been hammering the witness about her evaluation, prompting her to say: "If you were in my group I'd ask you to take a time out Mr. Martinez."

The judge admonished the witness for her statement and told the jury to disregard it.

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"Which is better this tape recorded conversation or a text message?" Martinez asked.

"I can't say which one is better," replied LaViolette.

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Martinez pointed out that LaViolette formed her opinion on the case before she learned certain details, such as who made the phone sex recording.

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Martinez pointed out LaViolette told him in a deposition that she thought Alexander had made the phone sex recording but then testified in court that Arias had made the recording.

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Martinez asked LaViolette about the phone sex recording of Arias and Alexander and she said she has listened to it.

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LaViolette said Arias told her she attempted anal sex with two ex-boyfriends before she met Alexander and she didn't like it.

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"Was the fact that you are old fashioned prevent you from talking with the defendant about instances of anal sex," Martinez asked.

"Yes, I asked her about anal sex," LaViolette replied.

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Martinez asked LaViolette if she has reviewed a recording of Arias' father saying she was unable to tell the truth after the age of 14. She said she did.

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Court is back in session. LaViolette is back on the witness stand for cross-examination by Martinez.

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The judge has called recess. The live blog will continue when the trial resumes at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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The Huffington Post is live blogging Tuesday's testimony. Check back here for updates.

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