Court can’t shut out media in Jodi Arias case
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona appeals court says a trial judge can’t bar the public from watching testimony from the first witness called by convicted murderer Jodi Arias’ defense.
Lawyers for The Arizona Republic and three Phoenix TV stations wanted the testimony halted while they appealed Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens’ earlier ruling that would have allowed the unidentified defense witness to testify in private.
The Arizona Court of Appeals’ panel on Monday placed that ruling on hold.
Arias’ attorneys say interrupting testimony could cause a mistrial by prolonging the case to where jurors might no longer be available after the trial’s projected mid-December conclusion.
Arias was convicted in her ex-boyfriend’s death, but jurors deadlocked on her punishment. A new jury will decide whether she’ll be sentenced to life imprisonment or death.
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