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