Legal Expert: Jodi Arias saga far from over

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The drama, chaos and controversy surrounding convicted killer Jodi Arias is far from over.

Legal experts say that despite a judge's decision Monday to sentence Arias to life in prison, for the murder of her former boyfriend Travis Alexander, the case has not come to an end.

Legal expert Dwane Cates said the Arias case will likely drag on for years, as the appeals process runs its course.

"They're going to scrutinize every ruling Judge Stephens made," said Cates. "If they believe there is some error in that ruling - that will be an issue on appeal. This is going to be a monumental task."

Cates said there were so many controversial rulings and motions during the Arias' trials, that Arizona's Court of Appeals will likely be asked to review hundreds and hundreds of questionable legal issues.

Everything from Arias' secret testimony, intimidated witnesses, allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, and porn on the victim's computer, that was there during the second trial, but not the first.

The Arias trials have already cost taxpayers more than $3.2 million to cover defense and prosecution expenses.

The convicted murderer will likely be appointed new attorneys to handle her appeals, which will result in a whole new set of fees and expenses passed on to taxpayers.

"It's a right everybody has - no matter how good or bad - or what crime or what happened," said Cates. "Everybody has the right to an appeal and she's going to fully exercise that right."

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