Jodi Arias’ Retrial Continues After Defense Delay

By Brett Snider, Esq.

Retrial over the punishment of convicted murderer Jodi Arias resumed Wednesday, after legal issues with the defense’s case caused testimony to be delayed for almost two weeks.

Part of this period was spent addressing legal arguments that media outlets should be excluded from court during testimony in Arias’ retrial to accommodate a “skittish defense witness” to testify in private, reports The Associated Press. The judge in Arias’ case also denied a defense motion to delay the trial based on allegations that police altered or deleted evidence on the victim’s computer.

As the retrial resumes this week, what should those interested in Arias’ retrial look for?

The Media

The news media have won their rights, at least for now, to stay in the courtroom during Arias’ retrial. The Arizona Republic, which was one of the media outlets protesting being shut out of the Arias retrial, reported that an Arizona appellate court ruled in favor of the media last week. The three-judge panel granted a stay on the lower court’s original order excluding the …read more

Source:: Law Blog