Today was the next page in the State v. Jodi Arias trial in that it was a status conference. Jodi Arias arrived in jail stripes and chains, courtesy of Sheriff Joe, and her hair wrapped up in a bun. During the conference we learned three “important” things:
- There would be no re-trial of the penalty phase in July, or August;
- There is a case management conference scheduled for August 26, 2013 at 8:30 am; and
- Judge Stephens prefers the re-trial begin in late September of this year.
The entire conference, at least the part in the courtroom in front of the public, lasted just short of 4 minutes. It started around 15 minutes late but we found out that is because the parties were back in chambers discussing the issues.
Although Judge Stephens granted the request for cameras in the courtroom, since approximately March, 2013 more and more has been done back in chambers and/or been sealed from public view and knowledge. Talk about frustrating!
Judge Stephens stated there are numerous unresolved issues, and, as such, she did not want to set a firm trial date. The unresolved issues are 3 outstanding motions:
- Motion to Continue the Penalty Phase verdict;
- Motion to Vacate Aggravation Phase verdict; and
- Request for Entry of Nunc Pro Tunc Order for Retention of Psychological Experts Who Testified in the First Trial As Well As Prospective Order for Those Who Will Testify in the Upcoming Peanlty Phase.
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