Jodi Arias Death Penalty Trial to Move Forward After Judge Denies Defense Motions

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Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens
The judge in the Jodi Arias penalty-phase trial tossed out a slew of defense motions on Wednesday, including those that suggested prosecutorial misconduct.

That means the most popular courtroom drama in the world right now will go on, for the time being.

Arias, convicted of first-degree murder in May 2013 for killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, is fighting for her life in a penalty-phase trial that could lead to her execution. As part of the ongoing tactic of the publicly funded legal team, Arias and her lawyers have alleged that her defense efforts have been harmed, and asked Maricopa County Judge Sherry Stephens -- again -- to either take the death penalty off the table or drop the case entirely.

On Wednesday, Stephens filed a 13-page ruling that examines each of Arias' recent claims -- and dismisses them.

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Jodi Arias Demands Previously Undisclosed Reports on Police Probe of Victim's Laptop

Jodi Arias yawns in a December pool photograph from the penalty-phase trial.
Jodi Arias accuses her prosecutor of lying and demands the immediate release of forensic reports related to her victim's laptop in a court motion filed on Wednesday.

As we reported in early November, the sordid Arias saga took another turn for the bizarre when accusations of police mishandling of evidence arose during the penalty-phase trial.

Now, Arias and her court-appointed defense team are asking Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens to order the prosecution to "make available to the defendant any and all forensic reports generated by any member of the Mesa Police Department and/or anyone working on their behalf whose work is related [to the laptop]."

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Jodi Arias Claims That Cops Deleted Travis Alexander's Porn Files, Ruining Her Credibility

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A new defense motion in the Jodi Arias penalty-phase trial claims that pornography files had been deleted from victim Travis Alexander's computer while it was in police custody.

Arias, who was convicted of first-degree murder last year, wants all charges dropped.

But even if the allegations in the new motion are true, the murderer is still a proven, prolific liar.

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Jodi Arias Judge Can't Keep News Media Out of Courtroom, Appeals Court Rules

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The judge in the Jodi Arias penalty-phase re-trial can't prevent the public and news media from watching the show, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled on Monday.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens, who oversaw the lascivious first-degree murder trial that ended in May with Arias' conviction, kicked members of the public and news media from the courtroom on Thursday. Arias' court-appointed defense attorney, Kirk Nurmi, had argued that the publicity surrounding the latest court drama could make witnesses fearful of testifying.

Update below follows original article.

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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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