Jodi Arias was back in court today. The lawyers argued over whether cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during the retrial of her sentencing. The hearing was not open to the public.
Jodi Arias’ lawyers are doing everything they can to prevent the retrial from being aired on television.
At least one reporter and a producer from CNN were allowed to remain in the courtroom. A lawyer from CNN reportedly spent hours arguing in favor of having the retrial on television.
It seems that CNN is not backing down.
“She has voluntarily thrust herself into the vortex of this public controversy,” the news network’s attorney, David Bodney, told the judge at a hearing Friday. “It is unfair to deprive the public … because someone can’t control her own speech.”
Judge Sherry Stephens was also supposed to rule about several other motions including: whether the defense can access the Twitter accounts of jurors, if the jury will be sequestered, and whether or not jurors can be questioned individually.
According to various media reports, there was no ruling today on any of the defense motions.
Additional oral arguments, potentially concerning the matter of media, are scheduled for November 1.
Much of the information from today’s hearing was sealed.
Monica Lindstrom, a legal commentator who regularly appears on HLN, is in favor of live coverage of the retrial but she doesn’t think that Judge Sherry Stephens will allow it:
“The Judge is trying very hard to keep this trial out of the media in order to prevent tainting the future jury pool and CNN is not having it. I do not think CNN will prevail or change the Judge’s mind because it has no dog in this fight, it is not a party, it’s life is not on the line and its family member was not murdered. The Judge has the power to withdraw her order allowing the cameras or revise it. In fact, I think that is exactly where she is headed.”
We know very little about what happened in today’s hearing and we may not know for some time.