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PHOENIX – Jodi Arias is asking an appeals court to overturn her murder conviction in the 2008 death of her former boyfriend, saying a prosecutor’s misconduct and a judge’s failure to control news coverage during the salacious case deprived her of the right to a fair trial.
In the appeal released Friday, Arias’ lawyers said prosecutor Juan Martinez improperly questioned witnesses, ignored rulings on evidence and courted news coverage. They also said Judge Sherry Stephens let news organizations turn the trial into a “circus-like atmosphere,” was slow to restrict journalists even when they broke the court’s media-coverage rules and allowed trial spectators to become emboldened by what they saw on the livestream from the Phoenix courtroom.
The article goes on to state the following:
“The court admitted that this desire to feed the unusual public interest in the trial caused the media to hound and harass the attorneys, witnesses, jurors and court staff,” Arias attorneys Peg Green and Cory Engle said in the appeal.
Arias, 37, 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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