Jodi Arias claims she got Hepatitis C in Maricopa County jail

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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Video reports by Ryan O'Donnell and Erika Flores

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 22 at 2:05 PM

PHOENIX -- Convicted murderer Jodi Arias has filed a lawsuit claiming that she was neglected health care and infected with Hepatitis C while in a Maricopa County jail.

She said she contracted the disease through an infected needle when she was given a tuberculosis vaccine.

“She's getting ready to go back to court. I presume she's trying to get publicity since I did cut off any visits by the media to her jail,” Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Saturday.

Arias was convicted last year of murdering her ex-lover, Travis Alexander. She's waiting in jail on the death penalty phase of her case to determine whether she'll face life in prison or execution.

Arias is also claiming she was denied medical care after one of her silicone breast implants leaked and caused a fungal growth.

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“As far as the medical part, this comes under the county medical section so I have no knowledge of any medical problems,” Arpaio said.

Arias is also making claims that Arpaio makes her 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.

“They're outrageous, as far as her allegations. They're not true,” he said.

Along with all her claims, Arias has asked a judge for a restraining order against the sheriff.

“She's smart. She knows if she ties me in, she's going to get some press," Arpaio said. "She knows probably I won't just hide, so this is what she wants. I'm probably falling into her trap. On the other hand, I still have to defend my jail system and my dedicated office. I’m not worried about it."

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