Jodi Arias' Mitigation Specialist, Maria De La Rosa, to Be Allowed Back in Jail, Says Lawyer

A key member of Jodi Arias' defense team who was banned from the Maricopa County Jail for questionable reasons will be allowed back as early as today, her lawyer says.

Dan Raynak, lawyer for mitigation specialist Maria De La Rosa, tells New Times that an agreement was reached between Arias' defense team and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office today, but it still has to be approved by a judge.

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Jodi Arias' Defense Wrecked by "Outlandish Actions" of Sheriff's Office, Lawyers Say

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Jodi Arias and mitigation specialist Maria De La Rosa
Jodi Arias should not get the death penalty due to "outlandish actions" by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in targeting a member of her defense team, Arias' lawyers argue.

A motion reviewed by New Times -- filed in Superior Court Tuesday by Arias' defense team -- goes into detail about how mitigation specialist Maria De La Rosa was treated by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's shady deputies, and it states that Arias can no longer receive an adequate defense.

In a nod to the corrupt shenanigans of Arpaio's office in his former feud with county leaders, the motion recalls the sheriff's alliance with disgraced ex-County Attorney Andrew Thomas, who was disbarred by a court panel that also found wrongdoing on the part of Arpaio.

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Jodi Arias: Lawyers Will Withdraw if Jury Finds Out She Wanted Kirk Nurmi Fired

Jodi Arias doesn't want her new jury to know what she thinks of her lawyer, or about a former cellmate who claims Arias wants prosecutor Juan Martinez killed.

Two motions filed in Maricopa County Superior Court today ask Judge Sherry Stephens to stop the information from coming out in the upcoming sentencing-phase trial.

If the new jury hears about an October 22 handwritten motion Arias made for a change of counsel, both of her lawyers will have to withdraw from the case, one of the new motions states.

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Jodi Arias Wants to See Twitter Accounts of All Jurors in Penalty-Phase Redo

Arias, appearing as a vivacious blonde, cavorts with her victim.
Lawyer for Jodi Arias filed a motion today seeking all the Twitter accounts and Twitter handles of jurors picked for her upcoming penalty-phase redo.

Arias and her lawyers are concerned that jurors may be improperly influenced by Twitter conversations they received, or from tweets sent to them, the motion obtained by New Times states.

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Jodi Arias Fan Was "on His Way" to Kill Nancy Grace, MCSO Says


The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says the New York man accused of stalking and threatening a pair of TV anchors admitted that he was "on his way" to kill Nancy Grace.

However, court documents obtained by New Times reveal MCSO detectives went to New York to interview David Lee Simpson -- who admits he's in love with Jodi Arias -- on June 25, and told him criminal charges against him would be coming. Simpson then allegedly told co-workers on July 16 that he was leaving to kill Grace. He said the same thing on July 17 and was arrested that day by a local detective.

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Jodi Arias Fan Accused of Threatening TV Anchors, Said He'd Gut One "Like a Deer"


A New York man who apparently is obsessed with Jodi Arias was arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies for allegedly threatening two nationally known TV anchors over the Internet.

David Lee Simpson, 48 -- who used multiple Twitter handles, including "DaveLovesJodi" -- allegedly made comments about slitting the throats of the unnamed anchors and said he wanted to gut one "like a deer."

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Jodi Arias Trial: Five Things to Watch for Between Now and July 18

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Jodi Arias coverage has been in the doldrums since the May 23 non-decision by the jury on the death penalty.

Some news media outlets are digging up crumbs leftover from the trial. Nancy Grace and CNN resorted to interviewing Arias' fellow jail inmates; Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced last month that Arias would no longer be allowed to speak to the media.

That's as big a relief to most thinking people as it is a ratings disaster for HLN and other news outlets that relied on the Arias trial to sell ads.

For those with AOD, Arias Obsession Disorder, (we've been trying to shake a mild case ourselves since parachuting into the trial coverage in early February...), the news gap has been somewhat startling. No new details forthcoming about what Travis Alexander wanted to do with Arias, no venom-filled barbs from Juan Martinez -- no new statements by Arias at all? Even Arias' Twitter account has been silent lately, with no tweets since 9:59 a.m. on May 29.

Fortunately, more coverage is coming up. Here are five things to watch out for between now and July 18, the date scheduled for a retrial of the penalty phase:

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Jodi Arias's Kinky Murder Trial in Arizona
Jodi Arias Trial: Arizona Supreme Court Declines Review of "Cruel" Factor; Arias Execution Still Possible

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Jodi Arias Trial: Arizona Supreme Court Declines Review of "Cruel" Factor; Arias Execution Still Possible

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The Arizona State Supreme Court today declined to review a petition by Jodi Arias to take the death penalty off the table.
The Arizona Supreme Court won't be reviewing the Jodi Arias case based on her previous claim that prosecutors can't use "especially cruel" as an aggravating factor for her sentencing.

The ruling means that Arias, who was convicted on May 8 of premeditated first-degree murder, is still facing potential execution.

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Psycho Killer: Jodi Arias' Kinky Death-Penalty Trial

Jodi Arias Jury Done -- No Decision on Death Penalty; Mistrial of Penalty Phase Declared; State Wants to Retry

On February 22nd, the state's high court declined to halt the trial until a petition to drop the "cruel" factor from being used -- which would have taken the death penalty off the table -- was reviewed.

Today, the state Supreme Court declined to review the petition itself.

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Jodi Arias Trial: Top Reactions to Sentencing Mistrial by Pro-Arias Commenters

The failure of the Jodi Arias jury to agree on the death penalty sparked thousands of tweets and comments to various blogs and news sites.

While many would prefer to see the vicious, calculating killer fry, we thought we'd check out one blog site that caters to Arias' supporters and well-wishers, To many of them, the mistrial made their day.

Here are some of the more interesting pro-Arias comments we spotted:

See also - Jodi Arias Jury Done -- No Decision on Death Penalty; Mistrial of Penalty Phase Declared; State Wants to Retry

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Jodi Arias Jury Done -- No Decision on Death Penalty; Mistrial of Penalty Phase Declared; State Wants to Retry

The jury in the Jodi Arias trial failed to come a decision on Thursday on whether or not Arias should get the death penalty, resulting in a mistrial of the penalty phase.
Jury members in the Jodi Arias case wrapped up nearly five months of work today, causing a mistrial due to their failure to reach a unanimous decision on the death penalty.

Some women jurors were crying and one even said "sorry" to the family of slaying victim Travis Alexander, according to a tweet by Wild About Trial.

Next up in this long-running saga: The state will decide whether to be satisfied with a sentence of life in prison for Arias, or retry the penalty phase.

See also - Jodi Arias Asks Jury to Spare Her Life So Her Family Isn't Hurt; No Apology to Victim's Family, No Tears

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