Arias attorneys seek to bar live coverage of trial - Tucson News Now

UPDATE

Arias attorneys seek to bar live coverage of trial

Posted: Updated:
Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens. (Source: CBS 5 News) Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

Jodi Arias has sought the spotlight at every turn, granting numerous national television interviews from behind bars, and even during her trial.

Now facing a retrial to determine her sentence, Arias' lawyers are asking a judge to bar live TV coverage from inside the courtroom.

The irony isn't lost on prosecutors and a lawyer representing CNN.

The news network's attorney, David Bodney, told a judge during a hearing Friday that the public shouldn't be deprived the opportunity to view the trial simply "because someone can't control her own speech."

Arias was convicted of murder May 8 in the 2008 death of boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home. The same jury failed to reach a decision on whether she should get the death penalty, setting the stage for a second penalty phase.

Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens closed Friday's proceedings to the public and media and the following court order was issued for Friday and Oct. 18:

"The court finds there is a compelling interest that overcomes the right of public access, specifically, there is a substantial probability that publication of information provided during these court hearings (through evidence or argument) could taint the jury pool and significantly impact the parties' ability to effectively present matters at trial. The court also finds that, in light of the intense media coverage of this case, there is no less restrictive means to achieve these compelling interests."

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • KOLD Now FeaturingMore>>

  • SIDEBAR: Jodi Arias trial

    Tuesday, October 29 2013 7:57 PM EDT2013-10-29 23:57:41 GMT
    Jodi Ann Arias stands accused of shooting, stabbing and slitting the throat of her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in June 2008.
    Jodi Ann Arias stands accused of shooting, stabbing and slitting the throat of her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in June 2008.
  • Jodi Arias TrialMore>>

  • UPDATE

    Trial set for man charged with threats against HLN anchors

    Trial set for man charged with threats against HLN anchors

    Monday, June 2 2014 3:32 PM EDT2014-06-02 19:32:19 GMT
    David Lee Simpson. (Source: CBS 5 News)David Lee Simpson. (Source: CBS 5 News)
    David Lee Simpson faces five felony counts for comments made toward Nancy Grace and Jane Velez- Mitchell.
    David Lee Simpson faces five felony counts for comments made toward Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell.
  • UPDATE

    Arias appears in court ahead of September retrial

    Arias appears in court ahead of September retrial

    Friday, May 16 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-05-16 22:25:29 GMT
    Jury selection is slated for March 17 in the penalty phase retrial for Jodi Arias.
    Jodi Arias has returned to an Arizona courtroom as attorneys prepare for a second penalty phase.
  • Jail ban lifted for a member of Arias defense team

    Jail ban lifted for a member of Arias defense team

    Thursday, March 20 2014 7:28 PM EDT2014-03-20 23:28:53 GMT
    A member of Jodi Arias' defense team is no longer banned from visiting her clients in Phoenix jails. Mitigation specialist Maria De La Rosa had been banned since last Friday for taking a pencil drawing
    A member of Jodi Arias' defense team is no longer banned from visiting her clients in Phoenix jails.
Powered by WorldNow