New defense motion to limit media coverage of Arias sentencing phase retrial

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by Natalie Brand

azfamily.com

Posted on August 24, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Updated Sunday, Aug 25 at 8:03 AM

PHOENIX -- There's no question the Jodi Arias murder trial turned into a national media circus. Such a circus that a new motion filed late this week seeks to "preclude or limit" live media coverage of the sentencing phase retrial.

"It's not going to happen," said attorney Brent Kleinman, who has closely followed the case from the start.

"When you're not asking to seal the courtroom completely, you can't say, 'we don't want pictures, but we're going to allow words," Kleinman said.

Not to mention all the words and pictures already circulating online, over social media and through news outlets.  In another motion recently filed, defense attorneys even referenced "azfamily.com," showing nearly 1,000 results related to the trial.

As a result of the extensive coverage, defense attorneys want the ability to individually question prospective jurors to make sure they're unbiased.

"If they're going to individually question each potential juror, usually you can ask questions that are going to lead you to some path of whether or not they're telling the truth," said Kleinman.

Or determine how much prospective jurors already know about the woman convicted of brutally murdering her boyfriend in his Mesa home in 2008.

In an unscientific parking lot poll, three of four people recognized the name 'Jodi Arias' immediately.

"It's going to be very difficult to find those twelve people," said Kleinman. "There are going to be a couple of people who just want to be on this jury and try to hide the fact that they have definite feelings about Jodi Arias."

Jurors will be deciding life or death in the first-degree murder case.

Brittany Warnica, who served as a juror in the past, says it's a responsibility that shouldn't be taken lightly.

"I took it very seriously; everyone else on the jury did. I think it will be possible," said Warnica of finding unbiased jurors. "Just a matter of asking the right questions, finding the right people."

A hearing on Monday is scheduled, and a timeline of this phase could be set.

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