The head prosecutor Bill Montgomery of Phoenix said today that he believes that an impartial jury can be found to determine the punishment for Jodi Arias. That is, if his office is unable to reach a deal in this case.
At a news conference today, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery discussed the next steps in the Jodi Arias case. The lack of a verdict in the sentencing phase of the case means that Montgomery’s office would have to have a new trial to determine what her punishment should be. There may be no new trial if the lawyers and the victim’s family can come to an agreement in favor of a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
I don’t know that Jodi is going to agree to life without the possibility of parole. Nor is it clear that Travis Alexander’s family would give up the death penalty. They have stated unequivocally that they want her to die.
With regard to finding an impartial jury, I don’t think it will be a problem. There are many people who’ve never heard of Jodi Arias or if they have, they barely know any details of the case. How many of you have heard, in regard to the case: “Isn’t that the woman who killed her boyfriend or something?”
Of course there will be people who might lie to get on the jury but they can likely be screened out. If there were individuals attempting to lie to get on the jury, it would likely be those who are for rather than against the death penalty.
It will be interesting to see what happens. Stay tuned.