November 16, 2013
Jodi Arias Trial: No Cameras In The Courtroom, Judge Rules

Jodi Arias was found guilty in May of murdering her boyfriend, Travis Alexander. He was found dead in the shower of his Phoenix home at the beginning of the summer in 2008, having been stabbed numerous times and shot in the face.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens ruled on Friday that no video cameras will be allowed into the courtroom when the trial resumes in Phoenix.

Jurors in the five-month long trial were deadlocked after a lot of graphic testimony, blood and gore. They were unable to reach a decision as to whether Jodi Arias should face life in prison or the death sentence.

The Jodi Arias trial has already garnered some serious media attention and captured the attention of people worldwide. The fact that Arias, who was a softly spoken waitress, could carry out such a brutal attack makes the case that much more interesting to the public.

As well as cameras not being allowed in the courtroom, Judge Stevens ruled that the sentencing phase retrial would not be moved from Phoenix as requested by Jodi Arias.

At the time of the trial, Arias was on the stand for a full 18 days under cross-examination. She maintained the whole time that the killing was in self defense.

Due to the jury's deadlock at the Jodi Arias trial, the Judge declared a mistrial when it came to the penalty phase. A new date now needs to be set to select new jurors who will decide what happens to Arias.

Judge Stevens said in her ruling about video cameras not being allowed: "The court has no basis for finding the publicity about this case has been so outrageous that it will turn the new sentencing proceeding into a mockery of justice or mere formality."

It remains to be seen what kind of publicity will surround the already infamous Jodi Arias trial, regardless of whether or not cameras are allowed into the courtroom.