Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Judge restricts live camera coverage in Arias case

arias2PHOENIX (AP) — The second penalty phase in the Jodi Arias murder case will not be televised live, a judge ruled in an order made public Tuesday, marking a change from her first trial that attracted worldwide attention and created a media spectacle when the proceedings were broadcast in real time.

Arias, 33, a former waitress, was convicted of first-degree murder last May for the 2008 killing of her one-time boyfriend in Arizona, but jurors couldn’t reach a decision on a sentence.

Under Arizona law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence.

If the second panel fails to end in a unanimous decision, the death penalty would be removed from consideration. The judge would then sentence Arias to spend her life behind bars or to be eligible for release after 25 years. The penalty phase retrial is set for Sept. 8.

Video and audio coverage of the proceedings will be allowed but may not be broadcast publicly until after the verdict, Judge Sherry Stephens wrote in her ruling.

“Any violation of this court order will result in immediate expulsion from the courtroom,” Stephens wrote.

Stephens appeared to give herself some leeway with the decision, noting in the ruling that if any footage was at some point during the proceedings allowed to be broadcast, there would have to be a 15-minute delay.

Media lawyers had argued for the same live TV coverage that occurred during Arias’ first trial.

Messages left for attorneys in the case were not immediately returned.


Source: AP

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Sandy says:

Tv was threre the 1 st time they should be there now to

Rhonda says:

The least they should do with Judge Stevens is put her back in the lower courts. Never again to try a death penalty case, I believe this was her first and she failed miserably!
Juan has learned also and now knows all of her tricks. She will try her best to cry her way out of the dp but she will get lwo. Praying for Travis’ family to have the strength to AGAIN sit through another trial because I too believe that this will take months.
I watched it all live last time and would like to watch it somewhat live this time. They could do like some at only broadcast at the end of each day of trial…..

lee c fairfax says:

I agree with James and Karen. I predict she will be given Lw/oP as Hodi will make a marvelous presentation to the new jury. Hodi will, again, run the show and she has had plenty of practice and opportunity to review to retool her delivery, tears and find the wiggle room in the story. Unless they re-run the entire trial from the tape the new jury will be swayed by her ‘plight’. This will take months, I hope for the 15 minute delay. I THINK the judge, if the jury hangs, can give Hodi possibility of parole and this judge may do anything under the sun.

James says:

Judge Stevens should have never been assigned this case to begin with. She’s lame, she has no control over her court case, she’s allowed Jodi to run the show and have all the power. She should be “de-benched”.

Karen says:

I’d love to see that arrogant look on her face wiped off … but good.


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