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Posted 11 months ago in Crime by Josh Crank  
Hung Jury in Jodi Arias Penalty Phase

Jurors in the Jodi Arias trial were unable to reach a unanimous verdict after three days of deliberations, prompting the judge to declare a mistrial. The court must now seat a new jury to decide Arias’ punishment for first-degree murder, unless prosecutors cut a deal with her first. Arias’ retrial has already been scheduled for July 18. If a second jury is also unable to reach a unanimous verdict of either death or life in prison, the death penalty will …

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Posted 11 months ago in Crime Current Events by Betsy Kim  
Should Jodi Arias Be Executed? [Poll]

A hung jury could not decide whether Jodi Arias should receive the death penalty. The judge declared a mistrial and rescheduled the penalty phase for July 18. A jury convicted Jodi Arias of murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, stabbing him 27 times and slashing his throat. As the sole witness in defending her life in the penalty phase, she still claimed Alexander physically abused her and that she acted in self defense. Read Lawyers.com’s full article covering her testimony and …

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Posted 11 months ago in Criminal Law by Josh Crank  
Jodi Arias Pleads for Life, Promises Good Works From Prison

In spite of a jailhouse interview that suggested Jodi Arias would ask her jury for the death penalty, the convicted murderer pleaded for a life sentence today in a Phoenix courtroom. As the lone defense witness in the sentencing phase of her trial, Arias described the good works she would pursue from behind bars if her life is spared. Though she did not offer any apologies for the murder in her testimony, Arias recognized that her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander was …

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Posted 11 months ago in Criminal Law by Josh Crank  
Arias to Testify Today as Lone Defense Witness in Sentencing Hearing

Jodi Arias was expected to testify on her own behalf today in the sentencing phase of her first-degree murder trial, but the proceedings ended early after defense attorneys declined to call any witnesses. Arias is now expected to be the only witness to testify in her defense when the hearing resumes tomorrow. Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi kicked off the hearing by requesting a mistrial, alleging witness intimidation against Arias’ childhood friend Patricia Womack. According to the mistrial motion, Womack began …

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Posted 11 months ago in Criminal Law by Michele Bowman  
Jodi Arias’ Defense Lawyers Can’t Seem to Escape

Jodi Arias’ sentencing mini-trial on May 16 included more tears from the defendant during testimony by her victim’s family, and it was revealed that her lawyers tried to quit – for the second time.   Ethical Dilemma? Defense lawyers Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott on May 14 reportedly told Judge Sherry Stephens they wanted to withdraw from the case. The meeting was not public, with only court minutes documenting the request, so their reason remains a mystery. The first time Nurmi …

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