New Jodi Arias lawsuit is bogus

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by Mike Watkiss

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Posted on April 21, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 23 at 3:12 PM

PHOENIX -- A federal lawsuit that was reportedly filed by convicted killer Jodi Arias against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and HLN's Nancy Grace is a fake.

Click here to see the fake lawsuit

The story, first reported by TMZ.com said that the Arias lawsuit filed in federal court was seeking a restraining order against Arpaio and Grace.

"According to her attorney today and Jodi herself said they had nothing to do with this lawsuit," said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. "Even though it was sent to the district court."

Both Sheriff Arpaio and Arias's defense attorney, Jennifer Willmot, are disputing the story saying Arias was not behind the filing of the document that claims Arias was infected with Hepatitis C by a dirty needle in the Maricopa County Jail.

The bogus lawsuit also claimed Arias was denied medical care after one of her silicone breast implants leaked and caused a fungal growth. It also stated that Arpaio gave Nancy Grace love letters between Arias and a man named Christopher Alexander. Christopher Alexander was said to be the cousin of the man Arias killed, Travis Alexander.

The now discredited lawsuit also said that Arpaio makes Arias say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning or she won't get food, which the sheriff said isn't true. He explained that the jail plays the national anthem or "God Bless America," but inmates are not forced to sing.

"Once again in front of her attorney she denied being behind this," said Arpaio. "Whether it's true or not I don't know. On the other hand I think I'm going to task the federal government to investigate this document because her name is on it. To me that could be a forgery."

Jodi Arias claims she got Hepatitis C in Maricopa County jail

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