Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Arias lawyers want Twitter accounts of new jurors

Jodi Arias Jennifer Willmott April 15, 2013 pool camera stillPHOENIX (AP) – Jodi Arias’ attorneys want a judge to allow them to monitor the Twitter accounts of the jury seated in her murder trial to be certain jurors aren’t communicating details about the case on social media.

Arias was convicted of first-degree murder May 8 in the 2008 death of boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home, but the same jury failed to reach a decision on her sentence. Her case is now in limbo as prosecutors decide whether to seat a new jury in pursuit of the death penalty.

While neither side has publicly discussed any negotiations toward a plea deal, the motion filed Wednesday indicates the parties are on a path toward a second trial as her attorneys wrote in a motion Wednesday that Arias will “endeavor to paint a complete picture” of who she is and why she deserves a sentence of life.”

Attorneys Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott want the court to compel all jurors eventually seated for the second penalty phase to provide their Twitter accounts and handles if they use the site.

They note the details would serve as a “crucial tool with which Ms. Arias can work to ensure that her jury are either not communicating about the case via Twitter or considering information that was sent to them via Twitter as opposed to what is presented to them in court.”

The attorneys argue that without the ability to monitor their accounts, there would be no way of knowing whether jurors are communicating or receiving information about the case.

Jurors already are warned to avoid media coverage during the proceedings, and not to discuss the case with anyone until they have been dismissed.

“If every juror were to understand and follow this warning … there would be no issue with a juror choosing to ‘tweet’ information about the case,” the attorneys wrote. “However, even a juror that follows this admonition could still receive a tweet containing extraneous information.”

The Arias case prompted a frenzy of activity on Twitter since she went on trial in January. With the trial streamed live on the Internet around the world, Twitter users communicated with each other and journalists and TV personalities covering the case. Arias herself was believed to be Tweeting during the trial through a third party.

Arias’ attorneys say that after the jury in her first penalty phase failed to reach a decision, they learned that an alternate had communicated via Twitter with a journalist, explaining that she was allowed to use social media during the trial, but just couldn’t discuss the case. The lawyers also wrote that the alternate juror had a conversation on Facebook during which someone else commented about Arias’ temper.

Prosecutors had not yet filed a response to the motion and declined comment on Wednesday. A hearing is set for Monday.

Arias, 33, admitted she killed Alexander, but claimed it was self-defense. Prosecutors argued it was premeditated murder carried out in a jealous rage after the victim wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman.


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Victoria waters says:

How about stop her tweeting! And stop her from continuing to profit off this s.laughter,her family too!! Take down her website which has been pulling in thousands per day! Lets get her to death row!,,

Midge says:

wonder how wise it is the give nurmi+wilmot +jodi arias access to ANY personal information. are we sure there was no defense involvement with the burglary at dr. demarte’s residence?

Lynn says:

How about Jodi can’t tweet either? Or have her friends tweeting for her? These lawyers are really grasping for straws at this point. The woman is a maniac killer with no remorse.

Jarmstorng says:

THE TWEETS OF THE JURORS ARE NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS…These attorney’s are really pushing it. Let’s move forward with this. Kill her, she is a mad dog…sorry to be so blunt, but she has no right to live. What she deserves is to be stabbed 27 times, shot in the face, have her throat cut, and left in a shower to rot…OR solitary confinement for the rest of her life. There is no sentence cruel enough for her…I hope she breaks out in boils all over her body that disfigures her face, and everyday someone come by and takes a picture of her and posts it for all the world to see. WOW…I didn’t know I could think of something like that…that’s a little scary…Sorry, that’s just the way I feel right now….

brenda nelson says:

I think this is another ridiculous request from Jodi Arias. SHE should NOT be given the right to look at Juror’s tweets. It sounds like to me SHE could use the info from the tweets to know more about the personal lives. She could use the info for her to fashion her testimony and final plea to sound more like the Jurors to make herself seem to have similar likes and dislikes and more like the Jurors. What won’t defense attorneys stop PROTECTING a cruel murderer. She already put her victim Travis on trial in the guilt phase; now she wants to put the Jurors on trial. Unnecesary info for her to have; next she will want to tape their phone calls and listen to the jurors talking to the members of the individual household. I pray the Judge does not allow this. Get ’em Juan!

heathiebird03 says:

Maybe Jodi Arias wants to follow them since she is allowed to run a twitter account from jail. I don’t think we should harass the jurors in a way that is inappropriate to do to the convicted murderer. They don’t censor her tweets. Can we please get her sentenced already???

Al says:

I agree with you.

Lynn says:

I agree.

AJM says:

I would be very interested in Beth Karas’s analysis of this motion from a legal point of view. For a layman like me, the motion seems fraught with issues. It is difficult for me to imagine a judge ordering that a defendant be provided with information which would identify jurors. The risk of jury tampering should not be overlooked.

Donna Williams says:

So would I…

SEW Upstate NY says:

Her attorneys are going to continue filing motions so that they can get the re-trial delayed. Unfortunately I don’t think they will get a jury that will give her the death penalty. Maybe state just give her LWOP and put her away and we will never have to see her face again.

lee c fairfax says:

right. 100%. I don’t think any defendant has jerked my chain as much and so successfully as this Hodi witch. I think she and the gal from Fl who was acquitted have set a new standard for trial defense. See how the guy who deliberately shot that baby said the mother was at fault? It all makes me so sick. Miss Hodi will never stop her unique taunting. even after she gets that LwoP.

Lynn says:

I think if the state knew 100% that the judge would give her life without the possibility of parole they would go for it, but since they can’t be sure she wont’ let her off in 20 years the family isn’t willing to take that chance just yet. She would still be young enough to have a full life. That shouldn’t be allowed for Jodi..not ever.

RHC in FLA says:

How does the Twitter account of a previous juror affect the next part of the trial? There are plenty of Twitter folks out there who could tweet inflammatory, false or derogatory comments about the trial. Has the state requested the ability to monitor Jodi’s Twitter account? Of course not.


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