Jodi Arias Trial Today Judge Bars Jodi Arias Retrial Live TV Coverage; Won't Move Venue; Bars Twitter

Jodi Arias Trial Today:  Judge Sherry Stephens ruled that there will be no live TV coverage at the Jodi Arias retrial.

The Jodi Arias judge also ruled that the trial will remain in Phoenix. Attorneys for Jodi Arias argued that it would be hard to find impartial jurors because of the intense publicity the case will draw. The Jodi Arias judge also banned all electronic devices from the courtroom. This means that reporters will not be able to use Twitter to deliver the real-time updates to the public. This marred the first phase of the Jodi Arias trial.

In her ruling yesterday, Judge Sherry Stephens wrote "The court expects there will be significantly less media coverage of the case during the retrial of the penalty phase."

The first Jodi Arias trial ended with a conviction but not a sentence. Jodi Arias' murder conviction stands. Under Arizona law, prosecutors have the option of pursuing a second penalty phase with a new jury to get the death sentence. If the second jury fails to reach a verdict, the death penalty would be removed as an option. The judge will then sentence Jodi Arias to  life behind bars or be decide that she may be eligible for release after 25 years.

Jodi Arias admitted she killed Travis Alexander, but said she acted in self-defense because he was given to bouts of rage. Prosecutors said the killing was premeditated and fueled by jealous rage after Alexander said he wanted to break up with Jodi Arias and go to Mexico with another woman.

Jodi Arias' first trial captured worldwide attention when every minute of the trial was broadcast live on TV. Judge Sherry Stephens wants to minimize the spectacle in the Jodi Arias retrial by banning live television coverage.

Lawyers for Jodi Arias wanted the retrial moved out of the Phoenix metropolitan area because of excessive publicity. Judge Stephens ruled that the move wasn't necessary. The Jodi Arias judge plans to summon 400 prospective jurors.

Judge Stephens wrote "Jurors with preconceived notions about the appropriate sentence will be excused." Stephens also denied a motion by defense to sequester the jury for the duration of the trial. The next phase of the Jodi Arias Trial is expected last two months.

Jodi Arias alleged that Alexander had a history of domestic abuse and was particularly sadistic with her. The jury rejected her allegations but couldn't decide whether the she should get the death penalty or be sentenced to life in prison. Arias made public statements that she preferred death to life in a cage, but balked when she realized what that would do to her family. Her guilty verdict still stands as the defense and prosecution prepare for the new phase in the trial that will determine whether prosecutors will still go after the death penalty for Arias.

Jodi Arias' lawyers asked judge Sherry Stephens to vacate the jury's ruling that the murder was "especially cruel." This is the classification that allowed the prosecution to argue for the death penalty. Jodi Arias' lawyers argued that "especially cruel" is too broad of a term for jurors who aren't legal experts to fairly judge what makes one killing more cruel than another. Arizona law defines "cruel manner" in terms of the victim's pain and suffering. It didn't take into the mitigating factors of the crime, like Arias' age or the "unusual and substantial duress" she was suffering. The filing challenged a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled defendants have the right for jurors to determine the aggravating factors that qualify them for the death penalty.

There has been no retrial date has been set.

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