Offbeat Jodi Arias wants appeal of murder conviction to be sealed

15:57  17 may  2018
15:57  17 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Arias is serving a life sentence for her first-degree murder conviction in the 2008 death of Travis Alexander at his home in Mesa. Prosecutors said Arias attacked Alexander in a jealous rage after he wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman.

Jodi Arias was convicted of brutally murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander at his Arizona home in 2008. Although Jodi Arias appealed her conviction and sentencing, the process was bogged down by transcript errors and omissions.

FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows Jodi Arias. Arias, who is serving a life sentence for a murder conviction in the 2008 death of her former boyfriend Travis Alexander, is asking a court to bar the public from viewing the opening brief in the appeal of her conviction. (Arizona Department of Corrections via AP, file) © The Associated Press FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows Jodi Arias. Arias, who is serving a life sentence for a murder conviction in the 2008 death of her former boyfriend Travis Alexander, is asking a court to bar the public from viewing the opening brief in the appeal of her conviction. (Arizona Department of Corrections via AP, file)

PHOENIX — A sizeable portion of the trial that sent Jodi Arias to prison for life in the 2008 death of her former boyfriend was shrouded in secrecy.

A white-noise machine was turned on regularly during Arias' sentencing retrial three years ago to keep spectators from hearing what lawyers argued as they huddled around the judge's bench. At other times, the public wasn't allowed in the courtroom, like when a judge let a skittish witness testify behind closed doors without revealing that the person in question was Arias.

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Lawyers for convicted killer Jodi Arias (left in her mugshot, and right in court in 2015) have missed the deadline to appeal her murder conviction . There's no reason I would ever want to hurt him,' Arias told police on her arrest. She initially denied any involvement in the murder .

Zayn Malik Doesn’t Want Birthday Wishes From Harry Styles – Here’s Why. In 2008, Jodi Arias brutally murdered her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, inside his Arizona home. Although Jodi has appealed her conviction and sentencing, as of October 2017 the appeal remains in limbo due to

Now, Arias is seeking more secrecy: Her lawyers asked the Arizona Court of Appeals on Friday to bar the public from having access to the opening brief in her appeal.

"The contents of the opening brief may endanger some members of the public, given the continuing interest in this case by the public and the media," her lawyers wrote, without explaining what the peril was and who would be affected by the public release of the brief.

Peg Green, an attorney representing Arias, didn't immediately respond Tuesday to an email seeking elaboration on her bid to keep the brief private.

Mia Garcia, a spokeswoman for the Arizona attorney general's office, which is now handling the Arias case, said the agency is opposing Arias' request.

Arias is serving a life sentence for her first-degree murder conviction in the 2008 death of Travis Alexander at his home in Mesa.

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Aggravation phase. Following the first-degree murder conviction , the prosecution was required to convince the jury that the murder was "cruel, heinous, or depraved" in order for them to determine that Arias was If Jodi Arias is given the death penalty, there will be at least one mandatory appeal .

Prosecutors said Arias attacked Alexander in a jealous rage after he wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman. Arias has acknowledged killing Alexander but claimed it was self-defense after he attacked her.

The guilt phase of Arias' trial ended in 2013 with jurors convicting her but deadlocking on punishment. A second sentencing trial began in late 2014 and stretched into early 2015, also resulting in a jury deadlock. That required Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens to sentence Arias to prison for life.

The case was marked by secrecy after the first trial, which turned into a media circus as salacious and violent details about Arias and Alexander were broadcast live around the world.

Despite her reservations about testifying during the sentencing retrial, Arias had actively courted the spotlight since she was arrested in 2008. She did interviews on TV's "48 Hours" and "Inside Edition" after her arrest and was on the witness stand for several weeks during the trial in which she was found guilty of murder.

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Jodi Arias ' case remains a headache for Arizona's court system long after her murder trial. Problems compiling trial transcripts have delayed Arias ' appeal of her first-degree murder conviction by about a year.

Jodi Arias ‘s appeal for her murder conviction to be overturned has hit a roadblock, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned. We want to perfect the record.”

She also did a series of media interviews after she was convicted.

In the sentencing retrial, Stephens repeatedly held secret hearings and kicked members of the public out of the courtroom as the first witness called in Arias' defense took the stand.

At the time, the judge didn't reveal the witness' identity, saying only that the decision to close the courtroom was difficult but necessary because the witness wouldn't otherwise testify in public.

A month later, the Arizona Court of Appeals threw out Stephens' ruling that let the unidentified witness testify in a closed courtroom. Eventually, it was revealed that the person testifying in private was Arias.

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