Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Arias Won’t Address Jury as Sentencing Retrial Nears End


In this Jan. 9, 2015, file photo, Jodi Arias sits during her sentencing phase retrial in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Officials have released transcripts of closed-door testimony given two months ago by Arias during her sentencing retrial. The public was barred from watching the testimony after a judge said the witness, whose name was then kept secret, was skittish and wouldn't testify unless the courtroom was closed. Arias was convicted last year in the murder of her boyfriend Travis Alexander, but jurors deadlocked on her punishment. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, File)

In this Jan. 9, 2015, file photo, Jodi Arias sits during her sentencing phase retrial in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Officials have released transcripts of closed-door testimony given two months ago by Arias during her sentencing retrial. The public was barred from watching the testimony after a judge said the witness, whose name was then kept secret, was skittish and wouldn’t testify unless the courtroom was closed. Arias was convicted last year in the murder of her boyfriend Travis Alexander, but jurors deadlocked on her punishment. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, File)

Convicted murderer Jodi Arias declined Monday to address a jury considering whether to sentence her to life in prison or death in the killing of her former boyfriend.

Arias said she wanted to make comments to jurors but insisted the courtroom be cleared. She said she wouldn’t make any remarks if she could be seen and heard from a remote viewing room.

However, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens said an appeals court has forbidden Arias from making such comments behind closed doors.

In Arizona, people convicted of crimes in which prosecutors are seeking the death penalty have a right to make statements to jurors before they are sentenced.

Arias’ refusal to do so means she passed up a chance to beg for mercy without being under oath and without facing questions from prosecutors.

Lawyers are scheduled to make closing arguments Tuesday in the proceeding that began in mid-October and has dragged on months longer than expected.

Arias was convicted last year in the 2008 death of former boyfriend Travis Alexander, but the jury deadlocked then on her punishment.

A new jury has been hearing testimony on whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or death.

Prosecutors said Arias attacked Alexander in a jealous rage after he wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman. Arias has acknowledged killing Alexander but claimed it was self-defense after he attacked her.

As she did earlier in the sentencing retrial, Arias also cited potential personal safety threats in declining Monday to speak openly in the courtroom.

Her arguments briefly worked in late October when Stephens kicked the public out of the courtroom to allow the testimony of a then-unspecified witness who was skittish.

An appeals court later overturned Stephens’ courtroom-closure decision and revealed that the witness in question was Arias herself. Her testimony was halted before the prosecutor got a chance to question her, though the prosecutor had already questioned her at her 2013 trial.

A transcript of her testimony in late October was eventually released, revealing few new details about her actions in Alexander’s killing.

At the time, the judge said in a closed-door meeting that she felt Arias was being manipulative when she said she wouldn’t testify unless the public was barred from the courtroom but still kicked out the public over concerns over how an appeals court may view her refusal to testify.

JACQUES BILLEAUD

Source: AP

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lee c fairfax says:

So, Jodi was such a spoiled little princess that she refused to speak to the jury and beg for her life because she couldn’t get her way.

   
lee c fairfax says:

without the full understanding of how poor Travis was stalked and slaughtered and the red herrings of porn and abuse this new jury will probably only give the minimum…and she will appeal that constantly. Hope I’m wrong. she deserves DP in my eyes.

   

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