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Jodi Arias judge kicks everyone out of courtroom for mystery witness

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PHOENIX, Ariz. — There was another strange, unexpected twist in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial.

KPHO reports that the judge kicked everyone out of the courtroom.

Superior Court judge Sherry Stevens announced Thursday that an anonymous witness refused to testify if the public and media were allowed to stay in the courtroom. As a result, Stevens decided to clear the courtroom.

Chris Moeser, a media law attorney who represents KPHO and several other media outlets, told Stevens that the public has a First Amendment right to follow the trial.

However, the judge insisted that Arias’ right to a fair trial outweighed the public’s right to know.

“I don’t want to say it’s unprecedented, but it’s extremely rare,” said Moeser. “There’s a presumption that criminal trials are open to the public – open to the media – and anyone who wants to attend can attend. The notion that we have a secret proceeding right now is troubling.”

The judge would not reveal who the mystery witness was, or why their testimony was so important.

Moeser has requested that a transcript of the testimony be made available as soon as possible.

Arias is facing the death penalty or life in prison for the 2008 murder of her boyfriend Travis Alexander.

Alexander had been stabbed 30 times and shot in the head.

Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in May 2013.

Alexander’s family was allowed in the courtroom for the mystery witness’ testimony Thursday. Arizona law allows victims and victims’ family members to be present during court proceedings.

5 comments

  • ???????

    Another crazy whitie. No comments from the white people who always bytch about blacks….. Bytch a$$ Manalishi, Ron, Coo coo crazy a$$ Becky, That stupid bytch B Addy!!! Where are all your comments on this white Bytch who killed her boyfriend????

    • sarah montana (@purrtybeast)

      What are you spewing? White? The killer is mixed race,her victim was not her BF but a former casual relationship whom the killer was stalking ultimately killing him by way of stabbing 29 times practically decapitating and shot in the face.The victim was murdered by this woman because he had rejected her.

    • alvin

      Shut up niga. Learn to spell or write before you get on this site. Your people are dumber than any white person. This guy just needed a break. Not a crime.

  • Jake

    If this POS was a man they would have already given him the death penalty. I figure she is laughing at all the BS she is pulling. Give her death like they do men who kill like she did. Put her on lock down 23 hours a day like they do men and execute her ASAP. I support equality of men and women especially when women comit a crime. Women have gotten soft treatment for decades. She has cost the hard working tax payers enough.

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