File photo: Judge Sherry Stephens and convicted murderer Jodi Arias By Catherine Holland
PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona judge is refusing to require jurors in the next phase of the Jodi Arias trial to reveal their Twitter usernames so their accounts can be monitored for communications about the case.
A jury in May convicted Arias of murder in the 2008 death of boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home. The same jurors failed to agree on her sentence, setting the stage for a second penalty phase.
Arias' defense has argued it needs the Twitter usernames of new jurors to ensure they're not being influenced by outside elements.
However, Judge Sherry Stephens ruled that she's not going to presume there will be juror misconduct.
Stephens also says some prospective jurors might refuse to serve if they believe the proposed disclosure requirement would violate their privacy rights.