Court considers media’s request in Jodi Arias case
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona appeals court is considering whether to put on hold a trial judge’s decision barring the public from watching testimony from the first witness called by convicted murderer Jodi Arias’ defense.
Lawyers for The Arizona Republic, KPNX-TV, KPHO-TV and KTVK-TV want the testimony halted while they appeal Judge Sherry Stephens’ ruling allowing the unidentified defense witness to testify in private.
A Court of Appeals panel did not rule immediately after a hearing Monday.
Arias’ attorneys have said interrupting the 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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