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Motion on Arias jurors' Twitter handles denied

Wednesday - 12/4/2013, 1:27pm  ET

FILE - In a Jan. 3, 2013 file photo, defendant Jodi Arias listens during her trial at Maricopa County Court in Phoenix. For months, Arias was a television staple, every minute of her murder trial broadcast live while cable network commentators railed nightly about the case. The now-convicted murderer took to the spotlight in celebrity style and embraced the attention at every turn as she spent weeks on the witness stand and did a series of media interviews. But Arias has vanished from view since her trial ended in May, and the judge has done a complete about-face. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans, Pool, File)

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.


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