The Chron reports that Orinda housewife turned accused murderer turned do-it-yourself lawyer turned convicted murderer Susan Polk has been denied a retrial. Last June, Polk was convicted of the stabbing death of her husband, Felix Polk, after a bizarre, lengthy trial that included Polk's allegations that she had been seduced and brainwashed by her much-older psychologist husband-to-be when she had gone to him for therapy as a troubled teenager, that he was a member of Israeli spy agency Mossad, and that she was psychic and had predicted the September 11 attacks.
"The trial became a spectacle as Polk defended herself in court, repeatedly calling for a mistrial and bickering with nearly everyone in the courtroom. She accused the judge, jurors, the prosecutors of misconduct and even castigated people in the audience for tittering," the Chron reports -- not to mention the fact that the family's three children split over which parent to defend, and had to be questioned on the stand by their mom, who served as her own attorney. Polk was sentenced to sixteen years to life in prison, but demanded a retrial saying the judge and jurors were biased against her. Will Harper wrote the original who-do-you-believe? story for the Express : He Said, She Said, He's Dead.