Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Court can’t shut out media in Jodi Arias case


In a Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, Jodi Arias, right, looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz. An Arizona judge on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 granted Arias' motion to delay the start of her planned Sept. 8, 2014 penalty phase retrial. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool,File)

In a Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, Jodi Arias, right, looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz. An Arizona judge on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 granted Arias’ motion to delay the start of her planned Sept. 8, 2014 penalty phase retrial. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool,File)

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.

ANDREW DALTON

Source: AP

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Tim R says:

Honestly her life is over I mean I know a lot of people want to see her get death but life I mean shes never going to get out of prison

   
Proitalianhackersinwildones says:

Any number of renasos – it’s possible that someone involved in the trial is unavailable for those dates, or perhaps the judge just wants time to catch up with the court calendar. However, we suspect that part of the reason for the time is to give Arias a chance to negotiate and take a plea deal before the jury returns with a near-certain conviction. It’s possible that there is a deal on the table for a lesser sentence than the jury would hand down, and now that Arias sees how badly her case is going, she might take the opportunity to capitulate now.

   
ggirl says:

This is ridiculous who is running the court room? Jodi and her lawyers or the judge? The witness could be that lying Laviotte women she got lots of death threats in exchange for her lies.

   
Scoobygurl says:

Maybe if this court was in session 8 hours a day, 5 days a week there wouldn’t be a possibility that the juror’s would not be available. This court just seems to operate whenever the Judge feels like working.

   
Mary Norman says:

Please let this madness end in a verdict soon……Travis deserves to RIP.

   
carrie says:

whats the problem, give her the death that she deserves, so Travis can rest in peace once in for all !! God sakes!!

   
Yamen says:

Yes Mark, are you able to post the email correspondence beweetn your wife and Gareth Morgan sequentially? It is fascinating seeing him respond this way and I’m keen to show it to some people. Having the “email trail” beweetn the two parties would show the full context. Great work by the way. Thanks, Julian

   
ava says:

@Linda, good grief that was well said. miss stabby and friends are pulling all the stops in a new attempt to save her pathetic life. lawyers trying harder than her own parents.
what a hoot they both are. arias didn’t have the time to try a spin her jury this time, and going in as a convicted murderer defiantly doesn’t help. the yrs have taken quite the toll on her. used up 3 hole wonder sounds rather fitting i think

   
Linda Allebach says:

How clever, but not. This is nothing but what I call “attyactics,” a term for attorney tactics. An attempt to delay via a witness supposedly wanting a private appearance on the stand. Obviously unconstitutional, but nevertheless a desperate maneuver by Defense — and of course since they had no REAL witness that demanded this, it had to be JA, didn’t it? Aha. And then Nurmi’s ill advised input that prolonging the case may be fodder for mistrial – isn’t that exactly what the plan was here?? Don’t be fooled by the large man behind the big hairdo; he’s not as smart as some may think. Anyway, that’s my take at this point — does it make sense to anyone?

   
lee c fairfax says:

love your word. I agree, this is just delay yet again and hope for a mistrial or something. I resent this person getting so much time and money and attention and other murder trials are rushed to end in a week. I thought this was only to bring the new jury up to date and not introduce new evidence or witnesses. And, unless the Judge winds up giving her a very short sentence (not, in my opinion, beyond this judge) we start the appeals.

   

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